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WARD ON CAPITAL ONE CUP

5 August 2013

Manager on tomorrow night's game

John Ward has confirmed that there are no new injury worries ahead of tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup first round match against Watford at the Memorial Stadium.

However, the manager has said that it will be around three weeks before the first of the injured players will be ready to make a return to first team action.

He said: “Everyone is alright after the weekend – it is quite nice to say that! We are not expecting any of the injured players to be back in first team action for about three weeks.

“They can be back training and improving, but we are probably not going to see them in a first team shirt for three weeks.

“I am not going to dwell on that, and I am going to go with the boys who are fit and well, and try really hard; like they did on Saturday.

“They worked very hard for the team, and we are disappointed we didn’t get anything, but if we work like that then we will be able to get some good results, and then improve the squad when these guys come back.”

Although the manager was pleased with his team’s attitude and effort on Saturday, he was a little disappointed with some of their work with the ball.

He said: “I was disappointed with our play with the ball. We worked hard without it, and worked hard to get it, but there were times we didn’t use it very well.

“Second period we got back in to the game, used the ball better and threatened the goal more.

“I don’t think I will ever have a major problem with the attitude and the work rate of the team, but we are working hard at trying to improve bits and pieces when we do get hold of the football.”

And John knows that it will be a tough test for his side against Championship opposition tomorrow night.

He said: “This is a result that counts, and I would like to think we will shape up well when Watford have the ball, but we have to make sure we don’t give it away cheaply, because it will be a little while coming back.

“It is a tough game, they are expected to win, so we need to go and give it a very good go. I want to send my team out to try and do well, every game matters.” 

For the full interview visit Gas Player.


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