Stevenage manager Steve Evans is ready to put the lessons learned from the loss to Stockport County into Saturday's home game with Tranmere Rovers.

The Boro boss has had a few days to reflect on the 2-0 defeat and believes he has come to a conclusion.

And even though the side from Wirral will be totally different to what they faced last weekend, he has a plan.

He said: "It’s chalk and cheese in terms of opposition. The system and the personal that Micky Mellon and Tranmere will implement will be wholly different to Stockport. 

"It’s a different game but the focus with 16 games to go has to be on us and how we can affect opposition, rather than us overly analysing the opposition. 

"Let’s focus on ourselves with a thought to the opposition but first and foremost to ourselves. 

"We need to learn to get the shape and the tactical side right or you pay the price. 

"We looked out of shape [at Stockport], certainly in that first half. 

"Did a number of players implement what we’d asked and requested of them? The answer is no but when you believe you've got the shape of your side wrong, then you have to accept your own criticism. 

"And nobody will criticise me more than me. 

"We’ve learned that and we’ve learned that when big opportunities come in games, you have to take them. 

"There is no doubt who was the better team in the second half at Stockport but we didn't look like having a clinical edge in the final third. 

"We have to remain focused and we have to get it right on and off the pitch. 

"I’m sure we’ll be fine." 

Part of the plan is simple to acknowledge but difficult to implement - after four games without a win, Boro must find their groove sooner rather than later.

Evans said: "I don’t profess to sleeping easy when we don’t win games, and especially when it gets to three and four, but you have to break them down. 

"We should have beaten Bradford, they are a good side but we should have beaten them on the balance of play, we just made big mistakes and got punished. 

"Sutton was a nothing game with two really competitive teams and the draw was fair. 

"We were a number of atrocious decisions away from a good away win at Newport and I have no complaints from Stockport. 

"I didn’t help the team and the team didn’t help me back so we didn’t help each other but that was probably only the first or second time that has happened so we will bounce back. 

"I’m focused on the positives and having a good support here on Saturday and us getting back to winning ways which is essential. 

"But we saw last weekend how difficult it is to win games in this division. 

"One of two of the chasing pack won but some were fortunate and others didn’t look after themselves. 

"It is really tough to go and consistently win games but we’ll try. 

"We had a meeting with the players and they had their own meeting again but we all said that there is only Leyton Orient that would want to be where they are instead of us. 

"Everyone else in the league would love to be second. We have to embrace that. 

"When we get to 10 games to go, it becomes squeaky-bum time and some can handle it and some can’t. 

"We have a lot of characters in there who are hurting from the four game mini run we are in but it we’d beaten Bradford, everyone would be sitting here relaxed."