Manager on a point at Torquay
Manager John Ward summed up this afternoon’s six goal thriller at Torquay perfectly when he said it was exciting, and a typical English game.
He had just seen his side snatch a draw with a goal from striker Matt Harrold in the last minute of the season, to complete a fairytale return from the cruciate knee injury he sustained at Gillingham last September.
“The game had a great deal of excitement, and many thrills and spills, between two teams who were at each other for ninety minutes.
“Right at the death the script was written when Matt Harrold scored after seven and a half months on the sidelines.
“I thought the attitude of our players was spot on because last weekend, against Accrington, we let ourselves down a little bit. Today we rallied and stood our ground very strongly and there were a number of players out there aged only 19 or 20, and who are still learning, and they can only get better.”
The last action of the match saw Harrold score with a headed goal and the celebrations that followed showed how popular he is, with fans and players alike.
“You saw what it meant to the supporters and to the team and staff. When I announced the team at lunch time today I moved on to the substitutes and left his name until last and he got a round of applause from his team mates. I think that tells you how popular he is as a person within the squad.
“I knew I was getting him back at the start of next season, but this has given him a tremendous lift to go again. His attitude since I have been at the club has been fantastic and he has been exceptionally supportive within the group.”
There was a party mood amongst the Rovers supporters and although the official number of Gasheadss was given as 1,534, there were more than 2,000 inside Plainmoor and a couple of choruses of ‘Irene’ saw
people from all around the ground join in!
“They have forgiven us a little bit for last Saturday and have seen a team with a good attitude and approach this afternoon. I say it about them all the time; they don’t come and watch, they come and play a part in the game and they have certainly done that today.
“Just think how exciting it would be if we were to win anything at this club. I can’t make any promises, but we will try our best for them again next year.”