Rovers have used up the last of their get out of jail free cards over the last week, Paul Dickov has warned.
Despite suffering back-to-back defeats over four days, the damage to the club’s play-off push was minimal as they slipped to seventh, level on points with sixth placed Bradford City.
We’ve got to start turning performances into wins again which is something we’re more than capable ofPaul Dickov
But Dickov says results will not continue to go Rovers’ way and they must take back fate into their own hands, starting today against Colchester United.
“If anything we’ve had a couple of get out of jail cards in the last couple of games because we’ve lost two and results around us have gone for us,” Dickov said.
“We’ve got to be wary that can’t keep happening.
The last two games and two defeats have been really disappointing.
“But the biggest positive to come out of it is we’re in seventh place, level on points with sixth.
“We’ve not lost any ground and there is a hell of a lot to play for and a lot to be positive about.
“We’ve got to start turning performances into wins again which is something we’re more than capable of.
“Before Port Vale last week it was one defeat in 11 games, we’d just won three on the bounce.”
Rovers had won three consecutive games prior to losing their last two.
And Dickov was keen to stress to his players that their confidence should remain high due to the strong position they occupy.
He said: “The players have been great since Tuesday and we’ve spoken about not losing any belief because we’ve got ourselves into a fantastic position.
“There’s going to be a lot of twists and turns between now and the end of the season.
“The league is that tight that it’s really important that we focus on what we’ve got immediately ahead.
“We want to get back on track.”
Today’s visitors Colchester have won two of their last three games – including a win over table-toppingBristol City – to climb out of the bottom four for the first time since November.
And Dickov is expecting a tough test from the rejuvenated U’s.
He said: “They were bold against Bristol City last week and went 4-4-2.
“I don’t want anyone thinking because we’re where we are and they’re where they are that we’ve just got to turn up and run over them.
“We’ve got to be wary of them.”