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27 December 2012

Manager's thoughts on yesterday's game

Manager John Ward was pleased that his side earned a point from yesterday's game against Aldershot Town.

The game, played in atrocious conditions, saw Rovers equalise on two occasions, through David Clarkson and Eliot Richards.

The spirit and determination in the side was there for all to see.

“The reaction of our supporters at the end showed everyone what the club is about,

“They want to see players wearing their hearts on their sleeves, working as hard as they did today. We need to keep doing that, and even on the darker days when  we can’t get ourselves back in the game, we need to keep that support and the effort on the pitch.

“Today is a good day, because I think they recognised the fact that the side had a really good go and we have something to show for it.”

Heavy rain before kick off meant there was a slight doubt about the game going ahead.

“The referee was actually looking at one goalmouth at 2.20pm wondering if it would be playable as the game went on and the weather got worse, so that just tells you what conditions were like.

“There was a strong wind on the pitch as well and a lot of rain fell throughout the ninety minutes. I think that even top Premier League players would have found things difficult today.

“Conditions meant that it was never going to be a pretty football match, but I don’t think our supporters were too worried about that because they have seen another point added to the total and the players feel good about themselves as well.”

Both sides were awarded second half penalties, though the manager didn’t have a clear view of the second one that gave Aldershot the lead for the second time in the game.

“I haven’t really got a view on their penalty, as I was a long way from it. but one or two of my players are disputing the decision.”

The fact that Eliot Richards scored what was only his second goal of the season should, said the manager, lift everyone.

“Scoring that goal was great for him, though the deflection meant that it took an age for it  to get over the line. It will do him and the rest of the team the power of good and we can start again tomorrow morning to prepare for the game against Cheltenham on Saturday.

“I have seen a good attitude from this group of players in training and I was pleased to see it out on the pitch this afternoon. It was good to see them taking the responsibility they did and if they keep that up there won’t be too many complaints from me.”

John's interview, along with interviews by Lee Brown and Cian Bolger are now available on Gas Player

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