Bristol Rovers picked up a vital victory against Blackpool on Saturday, coming back from 1-0 down to beat the Tangerines 2-1.
The result means Rovers have their first victory since the 17th of December and the first since Ben Garner took charge of the club that month.
The Pirates sit in 13th, nine points from the top six, so the play-offs are not completely out of the question–though they do look extremely unlikely.
Garner will no doubt be determined to ensure his side can finish with a flourish and with that in mind, here are three mistakes that they can’t afford to repeat in the run-in…
Over-reliance on Jonson-Harris
The 25-year-old has become Rovers’ key forward over the last 12 months and has proven himself as a quality finisher in League One.
The Pirates have, in the past, been over-reliant on his goals and need to ensure the rest of their squad are finding the net.
The arrival of Timmy Abraham should help them do that but it is early days yet for the 19-year-old.
At the moment, no player other than Jonson-Harris has scored three league goals–that needs to change.
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Being careless with their returning players
Rovers have been really unfortunate with injury issues this season, with a number of key men being sidelined for extended periods.
You’ve got to say bad luck has played a part in that but the League One outfit need to be careful with the players as they return.
As many have, the South West club have been guilty of rushing players back and suffering complications, which is something they can’t afford to happen this time around.
Trying to run before they can walk under their new boss
Garner has not been at the club long and things have not been hugely positive so far, as the slump in form reflects.
There is a risk of him trying to imprint too many of his ideas too early and trying to get Rovers under his management to run before they can walk.
The Blackpool game will give them confidence but one win doesn’t change everything.
For the time being, the concentration needs to be on building on the things that they did well against Blackpool and picking up a result against Sunderland.