GARY Rowett is confident his Burton Albion team has avoided the hangover which often afflicts teams a season after missing out on promotion.
The Brewers could be forgiven for being somewhat disheartened after they went out of the play-offs to Bradford City in May.
But they have arrived back in good form and are unbeaten in five League Two matches.
And Rowett knows why there is no hangover, despite difficult matches so far against the likes of Cheltenham Town and Fleetwood Town.
“We had plenty of Alka-Seltzer in the summer,” joked the Albion boss. “No, seriously, we came back with pretty much complete clarity in terms of what we want to achieve.
“It’s spurred the players on.”
Rowett, whose side takes on Oxford United in a top-of-the-table clash at the Pirelli Stadium today, kick-off 3pm, knows the dangers of missing out on the play-offs.
“By not getting into the next division, maybe it changed one or two things at other clubs, whether that’s budget or methods, I don’t know,” he said.
“But things haven’t really changed at the club.
“People probably undervalue the way the chairman runs things.
“Nothing much really changes.
“We’ve still got a competitive budget to go and sign players.”