ANDY RITCHIE today assessed his first full week at the Town helm and declared: "I just want the lads to be positive."
The new boss has concentrated on light, bright training sessions with the focus on attack against Millwall at the Galpharm tomorrow (3.00).
Beaten 2-0 in his debut match against promoted Scunthorpe at Glanford Park a week ago - when he described Town's attack as "pretty incipid" - Ritchie is looking for an immediate improvement and is heartened to have Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Andy Holdsworth back in the fold after injuries.
"After getting last weekend out of our system we've been looking at some possession play and our finishing," revealed Ritchie, who was renowned for his attacking style at Oldham and Barnsley.
"The fact we've got a couple more bodies available gives us one or two options with the team and to get people back playing - and I just want them to be positive getting forward."
While Ritchie felt Town lacked movement up front against Nigel Adkins' side last week, when he played 4-3-3 because of injuries and had Luke Beckett and John McAliskey playing either side of Andy Booth in attack, he is eager to get the whole side aiming to put Millwall under the cosh tomorrow to try and seal the club's safety in League I.
"We never really troubled Scunthorpe and were pretty incipid up front - not really creating anything," he said.
"There was one chance in the first half which Huddy (Mark Hudson) blazed over the top and then we had two pretty tame shots in the second half, towards the end, which didn't really trouble the keeper.
"If it had still been 0-0 then you never know what might have happened because they might have got a bit nervous and started to make mistakes.
"It didn't help that we had people playing in wrong positions because of injuries, but I certainly thought we needed to be creating more chances and that's what we've been looking at."
Attacking full-backs are a big part of the way Ritchie likes to play and he had praise for teenage left-back Joe Skarz and the more experienced Michael Collins, who switched from midfield again to deputise for injured right-back Holdsworth.
"I thought the two full-backs did really well," he explained.
"Young Joe was excellent on the left because Cleveland Taylor is a rapid wingman and I thought he contained him pretty well.
"Michael, on the other side, also caught the eye, but I did want them both to join in a bit more going forward.
"They were our outlet with us only playing three in midfield and I wanted them to push on as much as possible.
"Joe just needs to show a bit more confidence to get involved - there were times in the second half, particularly, when he could have got a bit further forward - because I want my full-backs to link up.
"Having said that, we didn't really do much up front - there wasn't enough movement up there."