Gary Bowyer has called on his Blackburn players to use the frustration of Saturday’s defeat at MK Dons as motivation ahead of Wednesday’s visit of Derby.
Rovers were left extremely unhappy with referee James Linington after the 3-0 defeat in Buckinghamshire, following his decision to send off defender Adam Henley after just 10 minutes and wave away Jordan Rhodes’ claims for a penalty later in the half.
The Championship is a division that offers little respite though and the Lancashire outfit must now regroup for the clash against the Rams.
Paul Clement’s side moved into the play-offs on Sunday thanks to a 4-2 win over Wolves and seem to be finding their form following an awkward opening few weeks of the campaign.
Rovers are currently 2.88 to win the match, with the draw 3.30 and the visitors 2.38 but Bowyer and his men will be positive of getting a result having gone unbeaten in four matches before their defeat at the Dons.
However, they remain perilously close to the drop zone, with only three points separating them and 22nd place Preston.
The boss admits they cannot dwell on Saturday’s misfortune and believes his side are capable of using the pain to bounce back against the in-form Rams.
“We aren’t going to feel sorry for ourselves, we’ll look to bounce back as quickly as possible against Derby,” Bowyer told Rovers Player.
“Because of Saturday’s injustice I don’t think there’ll be any further motivation needed.
“We’ve just got to dust ourselves down, stick together and have a right good go again on Wednesday.”