Richie Wellens is rarely backwards in coming forwards.
And the midfield ace was typically forthright in giving his views on international breaks, describing them as a ‘pain in the a**e.’
Rovers saw their scheduled clash with Notts County at the Keepmoat this weekend postponed due to international call ups for Dean Furman, Luke McCullough and Marko Marosi.
After two wins in four days, Wellens was less than pleased to see Rovers left with a ten day break without a game and took a playful swipe at fellow midfielder Furman.
“For me it’s a pain in the a**e,” Wellens said.
“I’m getting fit, feeling good and then all of a sudden it’s nearly two weeks between games.
“It just does my head in.
“I like Dean Furman but he’s going to South Africa and playing in the Congo and we have to have a weekend off.
“We’ll be in double sessions running this week because of him.
“In all seriousness, it’s all about momentum, keeping confidence high and keeping on winning.
“We need to keep that momentum going over this break and take it into the game with Fleetwood.
“Even when we’re not playing well we need to be digging in, doing the right things at the right times in the game to get the result.”
Given Wellens’ tendency for at times brutal honesty, when he insists Rovers are taking the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy seriously, you can take him at his word.
Rovers moved into the third stage of the competition with a 3-0 win at Burton Albion on Tuesday night.
But the 34-year-old also insists pushing for the top six in League One remains the club’s priority.
He said: “We’ve got to be looking at top six in League One as a minimum.
“I’m starting to feel good about myself after getting a few games and if we keep the players fit then we should be up there.
“We don’t think we’ve had a great start but if we win our game in hand we’d be up to seventh.
“When it comes to the JP Trophy, I’ve won it three times, so I know what it’s all about.
“It’s a great day out. When do players get to play at Wembley? Not very often.
“It’s a fantastic stadium, one of the best the lads will ever get to play in.
“The league is the most important obviously but if we keep showing attitude like that when it comes to the cup games then I’m sure we’ll be in with a chance.”