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29 August 2013

Manager on this weekend's game

Bristol Rovers will be looking to put back to back wins together when Northampton Town visit the Memorial Stadium this weekend.

Manager John Ward said: “Back to back wins would be nice. We got the first one, which was the main thing to do – you always want to get your first win and to get it at home is important.

“Now we have to do it again and it carries on. We have to keep trying to keep that form up, especially in front of goal.”

The manager was able to call upon Ryan Brunt last weekend following his return from injury, and this week we should see Matt Harrold in the squad as the injury crisis finally begins to lessen. 

John said: “Getting Ryan Brunt back was a big thing, and we have Matt Harrold back this weekend as well.

“He played an hour in the reserve game on Tuesday and providing Thursday and Friday are free from any repercussions from him we will get him back in the squad, which gives us a bit more seniority.

“If he is fit and well he will definitely be in the squad, and if he needs to play, he will play.

“Ollie Clarke is considering coming back in the next couple of weeks and we have Seanan Clucas up at St George this week and sees his specialist the week after.

“Suddenly there is a bit of seniority coming back in and we have strengthened the squad. Jim Paterson gets his leg brace off at the end of this week, and he can start pushing on next week.”

And thankfully Eliot Richards’ hamstring injury does not seem as serious as first thought.

John said: “Eliot looked like he had pinged his hamstring, but we don’t think the injury is as serious as we first thought.

“We are not looking at six weeks anymore, we are probably going to push him on at the beginning of next week and have him back for the week after.”

John is expecting a tough test from Northampton – managed by his good friend Aidy Boothroyd.

He said: “We saw them play last week and my scout report said they played pretty well and didn’t deserve to get beat.

“I know Aidy Boothroyd very well, he is a friend of mine. He will have his time fired up and they will be strong and attack minded.

“They will work hard at getting forward and we have to try and combat that and see if we can get up the other end. It will be an entertaining game, no doubt about that.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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