Jack Ross has encouraged his players to develop a winning mentality ahead of the 2018-19 season.
The Lads face Grimsby Town on Tuesday evening in their third pre-season outing, with a first win next on the to-do-list after fitness-focused friendlies against Darlington and Hartlepool United.
Overall, Ross was pleased by what he saw at Victoria Park, but he urged his players to make the most of their creativity and take their chances.
“Looking back at it [Saturday’s game], I think we put a lot of quality balls into the box,” said the boss.
“We need to add that cutting edge to our game, but we have to make sure we become more secure in defensive areas.”
He continued: “We played a lot of the game on the front foot, and when you do that you have to make sure one ball doesn’t beat you, which is what happened on Saturday.
“It was another small step forward for us, and although I’m not going to hide behind the fact we have an awful lot of hard work to do, I was pleased with the players and the way they approached the game.
“Naturally, you want to start building winning momentum and get that mentality into the players, but the second pre-season was a lot different to the one in midweek.
“We have an understanding of where we need to get to and slowly but surely we are getting there as a squad.”