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8 August 2013

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward is looking for Bristol Rovers to pick up their first win of the season when Scunthorpe visit the Memorial Stadium this weekend.

Although the manager knows it is going to be another tough game, he believes that if his side can reproduce some of the quality shown on Tuesday night, they have enough to take all three points.

John said: “My aspiration is to win this weekend. We went in to the Watford game trying to win, but I just said how difficult it would be, and that proved correct.

“This week we have got to try and win, and that is what the players want and what the supporters want, and I believe we are good enough to win this game

“If we can produce some of the quality we showed in the last game and a half we will give ourselves a good chance of doing that.

“If we stick together, then we have a chance of getting a good result this week, and that is what is important now.”

The manager was pleased with the way his side lined up on Saturday, giving Eliot Richards the chance to play in his preferred striker role.

John said: “We switched it around a little bit to get Eliot down the middle, and it certainly looked a more worthwhile and productive way of going about things. It was certainly promising.

“Eliot is a goalscorer and that is what he wants, it is more enjoyable and more productive for him down the middle.

“But I still think there is more to come from him. He is that guy; if you give him half a chance he is going to put it away, or at least come close.”

Scunthorpe will be looking for a return to League One after being relegated this summer.

John said: “They performed well at Barnsley, we had a scout there, and we know they are a team that wants to play from the back and play their football, in the same way we try to do.

“It will be a tough game, no question about that, they have a good manager who knows the workings of the club.

“We are at home, so we have to be positive, there are a lot of things we can take out of the previous two matches and take in to this game.”

And the manager has been pleased with the attitude shown by the young players coming in to the side.

He said: “The good thing about the kids coming in is that they have shown no fear, all four have shown that they are ready to give it a good go.

“They have become more confident since being around the group, but they have now stepped up into a level where an error or a mistake is not accepted.

“They have progressed from being successful at youth level to try and be successful at senior level. Their frame of mind is ‘give me a chance’, and when they have been in there they have been alright.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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