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JW - BOTH TEAMS DESERVE TO BE IN THE HAT

7 December 2013

Manager on today's FA Cup draw

John Ward believes that both teams deserve to be in the draw for the third round of the FA Cup after today’s draw at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers and Crawley played out an entertaining, end to end, draw, with both teams having chances to secure a win.

John said: “We both deserve to be in the hat, which we are, and it will be an interesting replay ahead of us.

“I thought you saw two teams work really hard physically and mentally.”

The manager was pleased to see his team improve in the second half, after what he called a “tentative” start.

He said: “I thought we were a bit tentative in the first half, and didn’t have a lot of possession or a lot of the ball.

“The second half we did better, and were slightly more direct at times, and threatened a little bit more.

“There will be another incentive, I hope when the cup draw comes through tomorrow. We have to cope with the outcome of the draw as well as another game of football.”

John was pleased with the performance of his keeper, who kept another clean sheet.

He said: “The clean sheets are pleasing, as we do a lot of work on that. We had to change the back four with Tom Lockyer coming in there, but we stuck at it, and know we will have another go at it.

“We are going to have to do the same again, but do a wee bit better.

“Players like to play, and they don’t mind getting on the bus and travelling, as they like to play football.”

Rovers will have two players back for the replay.

John said: “The pleasing thing is that we will have O’Toole and Beardsley available following suspension.

“They have been in the dressing room, and they are part of the group and extremely disappointed that they are not involved.

“There are some young boys in there who did extremely well, and they will have to work hard to get back in there.”

And the manager will not let his team get carried away, whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s draw.

He said: “We will take Morecambe first, as we will not get carried away with the FA Cup, whatever the draw brings tomorrow.

“We will be back in on Monday morning with feet planted on the floor, ready for the next game.

“We will keep working hard at what we are doing as a group, we will have a couple more back in and around the group, and fingers crossed we can keep picking up.”

The full interview will be available on Gas Player later.


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