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29 December 2012

Manager disappointed and now hopes to have new players in for Tuesday

Rovers boss John Ward was disappointed at the postponement of this afternoon's game against Cheltenham at Whaddon Road, but quickly organised a training session for his players as his thoughts turned to the New Year's Day clash against Plymouth at the Memorial Stadium.

"It's a shame this afternoon's game is off, because we were ready to play even though we were a little bit low on numbers.

"We prepared the team yesterday, just as we did last week for the Rotherham game and we were all geared up to play."

The postponement also means that Garry Kenneth's suspension carries over into the New Year and he will be unavailable for the Plymouth Argyle game, while Tom Eaves was unable to make his final appearance for us and has now headed back to Bolton.

Remember that the Plymouth game on New Year's Day kicks off at 1.00pm

"That's the case, so for a couple of different reasons we could have done with the game being on. It's out of our control, though, and there's no point in worrying about it and getting upset about it.

"It is what it is, and we have to move on.

"Given that the players were all reporting to the ground this morning, we have arranged a training session for them as we begin the build up to Tuesday's game."

In addition to the absence of Kenneth today, the manager would also have been without the services of Jim Paterson and David Clarkson, who limped out of the game at Aldershot on Wednesday while Danny Woodards, who missed training through illness yesterday, was also ruled out.

"I don't think there is a chance of Jim or David being fit for the Plymouth match, but at least it means they miss one less that they might have.

"Jim has a hamstring tweak, but if he trains too early on that it could become more serious than it is. David's ankle, which he twisted on Wednesday, is still quite swollen and he will miss out next week."

One player hoping to make an impression this afternoon was on loan Stoke midfielder Matt Lund.

"I haven't yet seen Matt play, and he would have been involved this afternoon."

You can be sure that the manager will be taking, and making, a great many phone calls over the weekend as he bids to strengthen his squad.

"A lot of agents have suddenly found my phone number again!" he joked, before adding "checking the availability of potential signings is all part and parcel of the job and by the time we play Plymouth there might be a couple of new faces in the squad."

It is a race against time, though, as any newcomers have to be registered with the Football League by 10.00am on Tuesday to be eligible to play that day. It is, of course, the day the transfer window opens again so we won't be the only club hoping to rush a signing through.

The League offices don't open until 9.00am on Tuesday morning, so the club has an hour to get things in order which means the paperwork will all need to be ready to go by close of play on Monday evening.

John also has to decide on whether he will make attempts to keep any of our current loan players and he has spoken to a couple of clubs already.

"I have spoken to Leicester regarding Cian Bolger, and I'm waiting for them to come back to me. In addition I have also spoken to Stoke about Matt Lund and they are happy to wait for me to have a look at him.

"With Derek Riordan and Tom Eaves gone already, spaces need filling and experience is  required, so I am trying very hard to do something about the situation by Tuesday."

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