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WARD - WE HAVE TO DIG IN AND WORK HARD

15 August 2013

The manager looks ahead to Saturday's game

John Ward could have a number of players back in contention to strengthen his squad over the next few weeks.

Tom Parkes has recovered well from his concussion and Garry Kenneth got 60 minutes of action in a reserve team game last week.

However this weekend may come a little too soon for Matt Gill and Ryan Brunt, who are both back in training.

John said: “Tom Parkes is fine, Garry Kenneth came back on Tuesday and played an hour with no ill effects at all.

“Ryan Brunt is training really hard and wants to get involved on Saturday, but that might be a little early and Matt Gill is back in training. We are getting buoyed up a little bit, but I am not rushing in to things.

“Garry should be in the squad for Saturday, but the other two probably need a bit more football before we bring them in, but hopefully they should get that next Tuesday.”

The manager was pleased to keep a clean sheet against Scunthorpe last weekend, and he hopes that his side can recapture their solid defensive performances from last season.

He said: “We tightened it up at the back and at the end of the game I was pleased enough with the point. We saw Scunthorpe as an experienced team, with a lot of good players, who threatened us, but didn’t really get through to Mildenhall too often.

“That was our strength last year from Christmas onwards, we protected Steve and when they did get through he could pull a save or two off for us.

“Hopefully we can get back to that pretty quickly, and we will need to be strong on that at the weekend.”

And the manager is expecting a tough test from newly promoted Newport.

He said: “It is going to be a tough game and they will be lifted by the nature of the game; it is kind of a local derby as we are just across the river and we will take a full house of away support.

“It is a big game and we are going to have to be ready for that. There will be a big crowd and it is a big game.

“They will want to put one over on us having just come up into the league and we will want to get one over them.

“They are in good shape at the moment so we will have to dig in and work really hard to get something out of the match.

“They play three at the back, which is unusual these days, but it has been profitable for them and we have got to make sure we deal with that.” 

And although John has never met Rickie Lambert, he is aware of the part he played at the club, and was delighted for him after his England debut and goal last night.

He said: “It is brilliant, the lads are talking about it downstairs, and Phil Kite text him last night and Rickie Lambert came back, and I think that it is measure of the man, he found time to come back to one of his old mates.

“Although I have never met Rickie I was delighted for him because everyone here that does know him talks so highly of him. If is absolutely fantastic for him.

“There are chances for everybody all the time, and if you stick at it and work at it, which he has done, it is open to everybody if they work hard.

“He becomes a good example for everyone, and the young players in particular.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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