Manager turns attention back to the league
Rovers will be putting all thoughts of the FA Cup out of their heads this week as they look to improve their league position.
Manager John Ward has been pleased with his team’s recent performances, and now wants to see his side start to move up the table.
He said: “We can start moving up the league, as we have people around us to play, and points to try and win if we can.
“We have not got adrift, but the run we have put together has got to continue.
“We have to continue the way we have been playing, and the reappearance of a couple of the senior boys gives us that optimism that we can keep this form going.
“We will work hard with the group, and keep the way we go about our football, if we can do that there is a chance of improving our league position, which would be nice.
”There are only still clubs below us, and we have to extend that gap. We did it last year, so we have some experience and knowledge of that, and recognition that we can do it.
“Morecambe away is a tough fixture, especially after they have just lost as they will be chomping at the bit to put it right, but we have to work at it and see if we can come away with something.”
The manager will be boosted by the return of a number of players following injury and suspension.
He said: “We will have John-Joe O’Toole and Chris Beardsley back, and as we go further into the deeper Christmas period, we should have one or two others back around the place.
“Alefe Santos came back on for a few minutes on Saturday, and Jordan Goddard is back available for league games.
“Will Packwood will be back for the league, so this week is a thinking period for myself in terms of selection, and I am quite happy with that.
“It is getting a little bit better all round, and let’s hope we can keep the results going that way.”
And looking a few weeks further down the line the manager could see a number of other players back in contention.
He said: “Mark McChrystal has one more week at St George’s where he will be training and working.
“It is pretty intense when it gets to that stage, so hopefully he gets through that alright, and then he is back with us and in good shape to push on.
“Ryan Brunt will begin picking up training this week, and we will be looking to get him back within the squad in the next two weeks. As and when he is available to play, depends on how that reacts.
“Jim Paterson and Danny Woodard both had a full week last week, getting involved with the squad, but non-contact.
“We have to get to the stage where they go into a tackle, and come out of it going ‘yeah, I am alright’. It is getting the mind as well as the body correct. We are looking at early New Year for those two.”
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