PAOLO Di Canio has called on his senior players to help him keep his squad focused as they prepare to entertain Brentford just three days after crushing Yeovil 4-1 at the County Ground.
Two goals from James Collins and one apiece from Darren Ward and Andy Williams handed the Glovers a hiding, but Di Canio wants total concentration when the Bees come calling on Tuesday night.
That, he insists, means forgetting Saturday’s victory and starting afresh. And he hopes the elements of experience within his playing staff will assist in the task at hand.
He said: “Now we have won at home after a few games when we didn’t win. We can look forward now to the next game on Tuesday night in a positive way because if we have the ability and quality to recharge the batteries quickly we can make satisfaction to ourselves and the fans.
“This is the only problem when you play every three days. When you are doing a good job or a fantastic job, if you don’t cancel the performance straight away and keep talking about the goals to your teammates for the next few days when you arrive at the moment when you have to focus maybe it’s too late.
“I need help from my adult players who have more experience than the others and fortunately this year we’ve got a few, and then the job is done.
“It will be a tough week for us but it is normal, against any side it is tough. I prefer to play against Brentford, Notts County or Sheffield United because it is easier for me to prepare the game when you play sides close to you or above you.
“The players are more focused, this is natural, but we have to be strong and good like we did today. There is the risk that you can underestimate and fall down on a banana skin. We didn’t do this today, I am very pleased.”