John Ward's post match thoughts
Manager John Ward admitted that his side were well beaten by Bradford City, but hopes they can learn from the defeat as they go into Saturday’s game with Southend.
Rovers were second best for long spells at Valley Parade last night and were three goals down at half time. They did pull a goal back shortly after the break, but conceded again just when it looked as though they might make the game a little bit more interesting.
“The best team won the game,” said the manager, adding “they were stronger and quicker, especially in the first half, and managed to win the game.
“While we can say that we made errors at the back, it was because we were pressed very hard by an excellent Bradford side.
“There are no complaints about the way we went about our game and, hopefully, the young ones will learn a lot from it.
“Bradford were on the front foot and gave us problems, while we made errors to give the goals away and didn’t play the ball correctly at times and were punished for that.”
All four Bradford goals were the result of errors by Rovers players; it was that sort of night.
“All managers will tell you that goals are avoidable and there were four different mistakes out there and all the boys involved have put their hands up and admitted their mistakes.
“When that happens in a game you know it’s not going to be your evening “
The manager was missing a number of experienced players, and lost another, Danny Woodards, to injury early in the game.
“We did miss some of the more experienced players and although we did lose Danny, there are no excuses for the defeat. This is a young group of lads and they need to learn, and improve, from this experience.
“Bradford, though, were very strong and much better than us on the night and will take some stopping if they continue that form.”
While the manager will be able to welcome back Oumare Tounkara and Ellis Harrison back from injury on Saturday, there are concerns about the injury sustained by Danny Woodards.
“It looks to be a serious knee injury, but we will have to assess the situation in the morning to determine whether or not it will keep him out for any length of time.”
While some fans were dreaming of a play off place before this game, the manager was realistic in his assessment of his side.
“You have to put things into perspective. Three months ago we were looking at the possibility of relegation, yet we came into this game looking at the possibility of achieving a play off position. While we have been good enough to get out of trouble, but we aren’t as good, for example, as Bradford who have some very strong players