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4 April 2013

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward knows that he will have a few changes to make going into Saturday’s game against AFC Wimbledon.

The manager will be without John-Joe O’Toole, who has returned to Colchester, and Tom Parkes, who starts a two game suspension.

He is also waiting on the fitness of Steve Mildenhall, but should have Oli Norburn and Eliot Richards back available.

John said: “It was good to see Oumare come into the team. Eliot Richards had missed training on Friday, he played on the Saturday, but with the next game coming so quickly afterwards we decided to rest him.

“Oumare was ready, as h has trained well, and he came through the game really well and scored two goals. The little changes we made were very good.

“Oli Norburn is fit and ready, he was on the bench against Dagenham but I didn’t really want to use him unless I felt it was necessary but now he is ready to go

“ Steve Mildenhall is really positive, he won’t train this morning, but he will train tomorrow and if everything goes as well as he expects it to he will be fine for Saturday.

“It was good for Conor, as it is difficult for any player who has not played for some time. He came in at short notice and did well, which is testimony to him.

“Tom Parkes is suspended for two games now, which gives Clayton McDonald a chance.

“Clayton is ready to go, to his great credit he has not grumbled once, and now he has his chance. 

“These guys want to play, and their attitude is fantastic. We have a work ethic here, that whatever happens we get on with it and try our best, and that is the way Bristol Rovers Football Club should be.”

And Saturday’s game will be a big one for our opponents, but John says it is just as important for his side.

He said: “We mustn’t lose the fact that these games are important to us as well, I want to win more games, I want to get over 60 points if we can and I want to get into the top half of the table if we can.

“It is fine to talk about our opponents, but we want those performance to be right for ourselves.

“They have good players and we have good players, so it will be a good game.

“They want to win it and we want to win it, so if you want somewhere to go on Saturday afternoon it should be a good place to be.”

And the manager was delighted to see the youth team progress through to the area final of the Youth Alliance Cup.

He said: “Watford have got a real good record of producing good players coming through the ranks, and they have a very good youth policy, so for Bristol Rovers to beat a Championship side aiming to get in the Premier league, even at youth level, is an exceptional result.

“Our players are proud of what they have done and we now play Carlilsle United in a national final. It is great to see that things at all levels of the club are improving, it is good for the football club.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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