GARY Rowett is refusing to be negative about his Burton Albion side as they enter the last four games of the League Two season.
The Brewers are fifth in the table and on the verge of a second successive play-off campaign – a superb achievement.
Last week, they lost 1-0 at Northampton as automatic promotion as good as slipped away.
Rowett was disappointed after a poor display – but will not let it colour his judgement after a largely excellent season.
“I’m still very disappointed, but that’s tinged with the fact we’ve had so many good performances,” he said.
“I won’t let that affect how I feel about the season.
“We’ve got to be as positive as we can be.
“We’ve got to be like that, regardless of the setbacks.
“Look at Accrington and Port Vale last season, which were setbacks – we handled those.”
This season, the Brewers have usually bounced back from defeats.
Only twice has a losing run extended beyond one game – and Rowett says that is testament to the characters in his squad.
“We normally bounce back – I’ve got a team full of character,” he said.
“They’ll be as disappointed with Northampton as I was.
“But there’s no point criticising them at this point and getting on a negative spiral.
“It’s about trying to get back to our best and see how we can get over the line.
“If you look throughout all the leagues there were another 20 teams disappointed with how they played on Saturday.
“We’ve got to dust ourselves off and show a lot of character.
“They’ve been really good on the whole for 42 games.
“We’ve got four games left and will try out best to do it.
“There’s a lot to be positive about.”
The manager says there is no point being negative at this stage of the season - and that there is nothing about which to be negative.
“We’re all trying to strive for that level of consistency,” he said.
“We’ve had a solid look to us and character has been a big part of us this season and that will always be the case for teams of mine.
“I’ve got a great group and nothing will never make me negative about them.
“I will be critical of certain performances, but will always try to find some positives from them.
“There’s no point reacting like some people and slating the team.”