Kyle Knoyle has tried to use his three-game suspension positively as he looks to return to Phil Brown’s side after three weeks on the side line against Crewe.
A first-half foul saw an early return to Morecambe’s away changing room for Knoyle, but he’s eager to pull on The Robins’ shirt once more and wrestle back his position in the starting line-up.
“It’s just down to myself now,” explained the 22-year-old.
“I’ve used the time positively, I know it’s not a positive getting a red card, but I’ve had to make the most of it so when I do come back I can start where I left off and hopefully be better.
“I’ve been pleased with my performances this season, but there’s always room for improvement.
“I feel I can contribute more attacking wise personally, my games as a full-back is up and down, but on the defensive side I feel like I’ve done well.
“First and foremost, I’m a defender so we need to go out there and get the clean sheet, but the way the game is going the attacking side is something I’ve been working on as well and hopefully I can contribute when I get back.”
The Robins’ number two lined-up for every game under Brown this season until his overeager challenge on Morecambe’s Aaron Wildig brought an end to nine consecutive starts for the defender.
In the four games Knoyle has missed, the Robins have been victorious twice and picked up a draw in another. In the meantime, Knoyle has had time to reflect on his mistake as he looks to join back up with his team-mates on the pitch.
“I’ve learnt from that now and I need to take that into the future,” continued Knoyle.
“I’ve taken a lot of time to think about it, I feel like the emotion of how the game was going I was too aggressive with it and that obviously cost the team at the time.
“Since then I’ve had time to reflect on everything and get myself ready for when I do get out there again.
“It was frustrating but now that the ban is over I’m happy to be back out there and get back playing.
“Crewe are a young side and they like to pass it, so we just have to take our game to them and I’m sure we’ll be fine.”
The Robins travel to 18th placed Crewe Alexandra in the search of their third straight, away clean sheet.