GARY Rowett says Burton Albion will not mope over defeats they suffer during the League Two run-in.
The Brewers visit Oxford United today, kick-off 3pm, looking for a win to keep them in contention for the top three and automatic promotion.
But boss Rowett, who will not label any match a “must-win” until they are exactly that, will be equitable in victory or defeat.
“No game is a must-win at this stage of the season,” he said. “What’s nice is that we’re in a good position.
“I think we’ve got to keep a bit of equilibrium with the situation.
“We have to – if we were to go Oxford and not win the game, what are we going to do? Sit and cry and think our season’s over?
“It doesn’t work like that. We try to keep an even approach when winning or losing.
“Everyone else talks about the must-wins and I’ve never met a footballer who doesn’t want to win every game.”
Rowett says there is no pressure on any one game of the dozen that Albion have left at this stage.
He is also confident about the Brewers’ tendency to do well in away matches against the top sides.
“We’ve been better against the better sides,” he said. “We could’ve won at Rochdale and went to Chesterfield and played excellently (in a 2-0 win).
“I would say that after four games of last season when we only had three points that our next one was a must-win – but not now.
“Back then we went to Rochdale and won 1-0.
“Now, when you look at the teams around you and some of them aren’t winning, you realise we could not win our next six games and still be in with a chance of achieving something.”