IAN Holloway admits he is immensely pleased with Scott McDonald after "coaxing" the Australian into his way of doing things during pre-season.
McDonald, who starred in a midfield role in the Lions' 2-0 victory over Leeds United at the weekend, says he hopes to make a "fresh start" at the club in 2014-15.
And on the back of the 30-year-old's display against the Whites, Holloway was asked to explain McDonald's transformation.
Holloway said: "I haven't done anything really – apart from make him see what I believe to be right. If he agrees with me, me and him will get on fine.
"If you ask him, I think he agrees with me now.
"I think he understands where he is now and what I want from one.
"I might have got one or two things wrong last year when I was trying to stamp out something – because there was something wrong with us.
"Scott is taking responsibility and pleasing me immensely. It looks like he wants to play here.
"I don't ever judge anybody or pigeon-hole them. Do I hit them with a stick? No, I try to lure them in and bring them my way.
"Your horse behaves much better that way. There's two ways to do it – be a horse whisperer or hit them with a stick.
"I'd rather coax them into my way."