Matt Lund wants Bristol Rovers to bounce back quickly
MATT Lund believes three home games in just over a week offers Bristol Rovers an ideal opportunity to bounce back from recent disappointments.
Rovers' recent renaissance that saw them lose only once in seven games was ended in disappointing fashion last week following back-to-back defeats on the road at AFC Wimbledon and Accrington Stanley.
Mark McGhee's side take a break from league action this coming weekend when they welcome Sheffield United to the Memorial Stadium before hosting Southend United and Chesterfield on their own patch in the following two games.
"Losing those two games last week was not good at all and we need to sort it out quickly," said Lund.
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"What we need to do now is stick together and bounce back, but with a couple of home games to come now, we have a good chance to do that by stringing a few results together.
"I'm really looking forward to the FA Cup game. It is a great game for both us because it gives us a bit of a break from the league.
"Sheffield United are one of the strongest teams in the competition at this stage, but the fact we are at home makes it a good draw for us and for our supporters.
"I was happy when the draw came out a few weeks ago and we are all confident that we might be able to cause an upset by getting a result."
McGhee, pictured, has already demanded rapid improvement from his players on the back of two poor performances and has warned that change may be on the horizon unless results improve.
When asked why Rovers had failed to maintain their recent improvement in the last two games, Lund replied: "It's hard to say.
"We certainly haven't been great from set-pieces or from defending crosses properly. We've also had a few injuries and suspensions, which have been a bit harsh on us. We have people gradually coming back though, and that should really help us out.
"There is that many injuries that it is making it hard for us to have a settled team. It disrupts things a little bit. You can maybe deal with one or two at a time, but when you're missing ten or eleven players it will have an effect."
The on-loan Stoke City midfielder, meanwhile, says he is warming to the makeshift role he has been asked to fill at right-back over the last six games.
"I've enjoyed it. It is different to playing in midfield, but as long as the manager is happy with me I don't mind doing a job there.
"I'm learning things all the time and that is what I've come here to do."
Young prospect Shaquille Hunter, meanwhile, is expected to feature in the senior squad for the first time this season this weekend after scoring twice for the Under-18 side in a 3-1 victory over Yeovil on Saturday. Hunter had been sidelined with a knee problem suffered during a pre-season friendly against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on August 4.
Alan Walsh's Under-18 side welcome Torquay United to the Memorial Stadium for an FA Cup youth tie tonight (7pm).
Development squad players Jordan Goddard and Mitch Harding will stay on loan at Gloucester City for an additional month.