Manager on today's win
John Ward was pleased with the way his side dug deep and picked up another win at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
The manager admits that his side have played better and won, but he was pleased with the attitude and effort shown by his side.
He said: “The boys share their work load out well, and they do their best. We have played better and lost games, but today we dug out a game.
“When you are playing 46 games a season you are going to have games like this and York, and the odd game like Dagenham, but you have to cope with them all. We are developing that mental toughness.
“They have a good away record, and I made no illusion to the boys these are tough games.
“We have had to work really, really hard today to get that result, and when we look at it tomorrow and see 58 points and a home win we will be really pleased, that is a very good return for us in a difficult game.”
The manager was pleased for a number of his players today, including Clayton McDonald who made his home debut, and Tom Hitchcock who scored his first senior goal.
John said: “I am really pleased for Tom, he has come off the bench and had his little cameos and worked really hard in training, and he has enjoyed his time here.
“He has gone back to QPR a few times and played some under 21 games, so for him to come on and score the winner is his reward for a lot of hard work and patience.
“I like players who work really hard and give it all they have got, and Tom comes in that category. This is a big day for him and he will remember this for ever.
“I wanted Clayton to do well today, and he has done, he has contributed a great deal. It was a test for him and he came through it really well.
“We went in without Parkes and O’Toole who are going to be big misses, but the players have dug in and helped us keep a clean sheet.”
Although there has been a lot of talk about reaching the play offs, the manager will only promise that his team will try hard in every game.
He said: “I want to get to 60 points and then we will take it from there. We have three away games out of the last four, so it will be tough to add a lot of points, but we will try our best, like we always have done.
“I am not making any rash comments about what we can do and what we can’t do, but all I will say is that we try very hard like we have done today.
“We will try hard at Bradford on Tuesday and we will try hard at Southend. Everyone understands they will be very difficult places to go and come back with one point let alone three, but we will try our very best to improve our season.”
And the manager had more words of praise for the supporters who were fantastic again this afternoon.
He said: “The supporters here come and play a part in the game, if we don’t do it right they will let us know, but if we do do it right there is a really nice feeling about the place.
“We are not going to be silky soccer week in week out, but we will dig out things for them and the football club. They know we are trying very hard, and we do not underestimate their part.”
For the full interview visit Gas Player