'We have to know we are that good' - Omar Bogle on a lack of belief in the Doncaster Rovers squad
“I don’t think the team believes in themselves enough.”
Omar Bogle is pretty clear on what he believes Doncaster Rovers need in order to achieve their goals this season - confidence in their own ability.
Rovers have endured a difficult run of results that has seen them win only two of their last 11 matches, which the striker thinks has hit belief in the group.
But he says the fact Rovers have managed to remain in the top six through their poor form is proof of how good they have already been this season - and the level they are capable of reaching again.
“I’m trying to get the players to realise how big of an opportunity we have with the position we are in,” he said. “And how much confidence we should have.
“I don’t think the team believes in themselves enough. The players don’t believe in themselves enough and I don’t see it enough.
“If you look at our recent form and then the position we are in the league, that is testament to how good the team have done in the first half of the season.
“I don’t see that enough in the confidence of the team.
“We’ve got great players, great young players with so much ability and potential.
“And as a collective we are that good.
“It has to be a mindset that we know we are that good. We have to bring that on the pitch and have that belief.”
Bogle believes the younger members of the Rovers squad need a reminder of what they are capable of more than most.
And as a more experienced member of the group, the 28-year-old sees it as his duty to guide them in the right direction.
“Winning breeds confidence so when they are flying it’s going to breed a lot of confidence,” he said
“If you hit a bit of a snag, everyone starts to reevaluate and probably starts to overthink things too much.
“That can happen at any level, in any team.
“We’ve got a lot of young players with a lot of ability. We’re talking 19, 20, 21-year-olds who may not have the experience to deal with bad form and set backs.
“When they don’t win they might be overthinking things.
“That is part of the development as players.
“We’ve got enough experienced players. Like me and Tom, we’re not older players but we are in this group and we have the experience along with the likes of John Bostock and James Coppinger. We have to take the mantle and help the team through these times and try to give the players the confidence they need to get back to where we were.
“I want to be successful and I want the team to be successful.
“To do that everyone has to play their part. We’re all different characters and people.
“Some speak more than others, some are more introverted, some are extroverts.
“I’ve got quite a lot of experience and my character allows me to do that.
“If I feel like it’s going to help the team and give the players that extra one or two per cent we need, then I’ve got a duty to do that.”