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16 December 2013

Manager on Rovers' current situation

Manager John Ward admits that he is hugely disappointed, both with his side failing to take any points on Saturday, and with Rovers’ current league position.

He said: “I am bitterly disappointed that we missed an opportunity to win the game, let alone come away with a point. I think the performance was decent, but we didn’t take our chances.

“Now we have to push on, and once we start the training session this morning, we will be as positive as we can be.

“On Saturday we created enough chances, but didn’t score enough goals, so we now have to try and push that last bit.”

The manager believes the situation needs to be addressed now, before it is too late.

He said: “Our league position is massively disappointing, we are third from bottom, but had we won on Saturday we could have moved up four or five places, and that would make a big difference.

“It is something we have got to deal with. We are in this position after 20 games, because that is where we deserve to be, we don’t deserve to be any higher.

“At the moment it is not good enough, I have told the players that, and if in the next 20 games we don’t improve then relegation becomes a reality. So we need to look at it and deal with it now.”

Next up for Rovers is the FA Cup round two replay against Crawley.

John said: “The cup tie is a game we will enjoy, and we will go into it and try and win it, but three points on Saturday is more important to us.

“Footballers want to play, and football moves on very quickly. We are TV and we have to go and work hard and perform.

“If we can win it and go through to the next round, it will have been a fantastic effort from everybody.

“We are the underdog, and they are a strong side. I thought they were a good side when they came here, and worthy of being 30 odd places above us in the Football League.

“It will be a tough game for us, but we have never shied away from a challenge.”

And the manager has a number of senior players back in training.

He said: “Mark McChrystal is going straight back in to training after a fantastic week at Burton.

“It doesn’t mean he will be on the squad on Wednesday, but it is good news to get him back a bit earlier.

“Jim Paterson and Danny Woodards are back in full training, but the pity this time of year is that I cannot get us training games with the fixture chaos that is going on.”

The full interview will appear on Gas Player over the next two days.

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