Manager on last night's game
John Ward was proud of the way his players stuck with the game last night, despite losing three quick goals to Watford at the Memorial Stadium.
Rovers ended up being knocked out of the Capital One Cup 3-1, but the Pirates deserve credit for the way they kept in the game and played some good football against the Championship side.
John said: “I have learnt that my team are able to stick at it, and they have come out with some credit, because at 3-0 we were staring a bigger defeat in the face, and that is not what we wanted.
“It was important to stay with the game, we pulled a goal back and lifted themselves up, and we didn’t go down easily.
“At half time I asked them to go and try and play the way we play rather than the way Watford are trying to play.
“My boys are learning and coming together and we will be ok if we keep that attitude. If we display some of the quality we showed last night on Saturday, we have a chance of beating Scunthorpe.”
And John said that he cannot spend time worrying about the number of injuries, he has to focus on the players he has available.
He said: “I cannot make the injured boys fit, so I cannot think about them, at the moment the young boys get the opportunity. The pleasing thing is that I have got no injuries to report now.
”The young boys have come in and played a part and I know what they can do. They have no fear of first team football, and that looks great for the future of the club.
“Some of these guys will not be able to play five or six consecutive matches because of the pace of the game, but if I man-manage them as well as I can, then they all have a good future in the game.”
And the manager had further praise for the supporters, who cheered Rovers off at the end of the game, despite the result.
He said: “The fans are terrific, the supporters will respond to a team, and the team can respond back, but the team first has to display a proper attitude and a real strong desire to wear the shirt with pride.
“We have done that tonight, and since I have been here, and whatever the result the supporters have stood and cheered the team off.
“They respond and respect and as long as we keep trying very hard they will stay with us.”
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