GARY Rowett wants his Burton Albion players to get back to basics and remember what they do well as a team.
The Brewers boss has sat his players down this week and reminded them of the strengths which took them third in League Two at the halfway point this season.
Now, he is looking for a positive result at Morecambe tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, to get Albion moving after three games without a win in the league.
“We’ve had a couple of meetings this week,” said Rowett. “I don’t tend to sit them down too much and go through things – they’re a good bunch and have done well in the majority of games.
“But in the last three or four we’ve just come away from what we’re good at.
“Last season we played a very simple game, but we were very, very good at it and very effective.
“All the teams that went up had a consistent way of playing and were very good at it.
“We need to get back to what we do well.”
The manager admits he may have allowed Albion to relax while the results were going their way, but he is now calling for a refocusing of the players’ minds for the run-in to the season.
“I think I’ve been guilty of that,” he said. “When you’re going well you tend to coast along.
“Possibly in the last three or four little things have been creeping in that players have been doing that we wouldn’t want them to do.
“We need to get back focusing on the really, really good challenge ahead.
“It is a challenge.
“Let’s face it, last year has raised expectations and we know it’s a challenge to reach the play-offs, or get automatic promotion.
“The season could go either way but we’re not afraid of that.”
Morecambe beat the Brewers 1-0 at the Pirelli Stadium in early November but have had an up-and-down season so far.
They have failed to win in their last five but are still 11th in the table.
Rowett has a full squad to choose from for the visit to the Globe Arena, with the exception of striker Michael Symes (knee).
A goalkeeper should be signed when the loan window opens tomorrow morning to provide cover for Dean Lyness.
The Albion boss has considered making changes due to the difficult conditions which have affected matches in the past few weeks.
“It’s a difficult one,” said Rowett. “Changes are in your mind.
“If we were playing on a lovely pitch in the summer you would pick a team to suit those conditions.
“But anyone who’s been to a League Two game in the last few weeks will know it’s not been easy on the eye.
“Pitches are difficult to play the ball on and technically it’s hard.
“The first 25 to 30 minutes become very, very tight, scrappy games.
“That’s the reality and we can’t get away from that.
“You have a choice to play your natural way or play the conditions - you pick a team to suit that.”