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20 April 2013

Manager on today's defeat.

John Ward believes that his players let the supporters down with this afternoon’s performance against Accrington Stanley.

The manager was hoping to end the home campaign on a high, and was disappointed with the way the game unfolded.

He said: “I think we let the fans down, and I think the players have let themselves down.

“I warned the players about having the right approach to the game, and even after the goal, which is a great goal, we had 88 minutes to recover the game we have not gone really close to doing that. 

“What should have been a really happy occasion has not materialised, and we have not been at the races.

“The supporters have been better than the team today, and we have been together mostly. I am disappointed with my team that we didn’t make the most of the occasion.

“To celebrate a midtable position, even though I know why, is not good enough for Bristol Rovers as we need to be better.

“It hurts to have to say it but it is how I feel, if I don’t think we have done the right job on the pitch I will say so, but the support has been fantastic. We owe the supporters one after that.

“It disappointed me that we didn’t create more chances. I think I picked an attacking line up, but we have gone out quietly and not gone out fighting enough.”

Although the manager was disappointed his team did not get into the game better, he was impressed with the goal that got Accrington the three points.

He said: “It was a great strike, my keeper has got a hand to it, which is credit to him. The lad hit it top corner and hit it sweetly and it is kind of out of context with the rest of the game.

“The goal was worthy of winning a game, but we had a long time to pull something back and that disappoints me.”

But despite the disappointment of today, the manager is still able to look back and appreciate how far his team has come.

He said: “The run has been fantastic, and I want to thank everyone, the players, the supporters and the board of directors who have been very supportive.

“Everybody has pulled in the right direction and tried very hard to help this club survive. We did it a lot quicker than a lot of us anticipated.”

And the team were without a number of influential players for today’s game.

John said: “We have lost John-Joe O’Toole, Seanan Clucas and Danny Woodards for different reasons, and that makes a big hole in anyone’s squad.

“So I have to temper my disappointment today with looking at the group and how we got on without those guys and worked hard.

“They are all midfield people that we missed and we have had to rejig the side a little bit.

“We just haven’t had that little bit of zip today, but in the longer term everyone has rallied round on got on with the job I have asked them to do.

“Every time somebody goes down with something, it is an opportunity for someone else.”

And Rovers have one more chance to finish their season on a high when they travel down to Torquay for the final game of the season next weekend.

John said: “We have got to try and end the season on a high at Torquay. We have got to finish better than this.

“You don’t want to go off for five or six weeks and not keep up the good work we have been doing.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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