Just how do teams wrestle their way out of a run of poor form?
Some of football’s top minds have tried and failed to come up with the solution to that problem.
The players and staff at Doncaster Rovers have been left pondering the question after a run of four consecutive defeats and no league wins in six matches, form which has left them only three points clear of League One’s relegation zone heading into Saturday’s clash with on-form Millwall at the Keepmoat.
Striker Nathan Tyson believes there should be no over-thinking of the situation and that the only thing Rovers can do to wrestle their way back into their pre-New Year form is work hard.
“If you’re not at your best, the most fundamental thing and the foundation of playing is working hard for the team,” Tyson told The Star.
“Make sure you run hard, tackle and do what you can.
“There’s going to be times when not everyone can have at least a seven out of ten game.
“If you get subbed off, then fair enough. But the most important thing is hard work and that’s the most basic thing we need to do.”
Given Rovers’ league position, Tyson says it must be accepted that they have found themselves in a relegation battle.
But he is confident they will have no problem securing survival - if they can rediscover the character which saw them flirt with the play-offs before the start of their poor run.
He said: “We can’t ignore the fact we are where we are.
“This means the character we’ve shown in games before we started losing, we need to bring that back, that belief to push us away from it.
“I firmly believe we can do it. The players here are good enough. We all get along with each other and the gaffer has got us working hard.
“It’s all in place but you go through bits like this in the season. Everyone loses games and you’ve got to find a way of getting out of it.”
Tyson believes his team mates are confident they can end their run of form tomorrow against Millwall who have won five of their last six away games in the League.
He said: “I’m pretty sure the lads are feeling very confident, believing in ourselves and we know the job in hand that we’ve got to do.”