Ward rues missed chances at the Globe Arena
It’s almost a year to the day that John Ward was appointed as Bristol Rovers manager.
In the intervening 12 months, though, the league position has hardly changed and the form shown by his side in the second half of last season is but a distant memory.
Yesterday, at the Globe Arena, Rovers slipped to another defeat which left them in an almost identical position they were in when the manger came in last year.
It could, and should, have been so different yesterday, as chances to take all three points were squandered.
In the end, they were punished for their profligacy in front of goal and returned home empty handed.
“We didn’t anticipated having to do what we did in the second half of last season again,” said the manager, adding “we haven’t made the headway we wanted to and we have to improve, simple as that.
“Today it was three points dropped as far as we were concerned and it was a devastating result for us.
“We weren’t ruthless enough throughout the game and Morecambe have got away with it in terms of winning.
“I’m not decrying their victory, as we let them get away with it when you consider the chances we missed at the top and some of the poor decisions we made at times.
“It was a game that was there for the winning and we could have scored more goals that the one we did.
“We tried to play football in the wrong areas when the weather and conditions weren’t helping us and we really messed things up this afternoon.”
He admitted that his side face a relegation battle, with 26 league games still to play.
“We have 26 games left to try to get ourselves out of the position we find ourselves in and we won’t be alright if we continue in that vein. We have to work a lot harder and make better decisions than we did
“I think we were architects of our own downfall and now we find ourselves in a battle to avoid relegation. We have been in that position for a while, though no one has mentioned it and we have to be strong to get
ourselves out of this situation.
“The fact is that Bristol Rovers are in the bottom three, and have been there for a long time. Now we have to stand up and be counted.”