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WARD - THIS WAS FOR THE SUPPORTERS

21 December 2013

Manager on today's win

John Ward was delighted to see his side beat Portsmouth this afternoon, but the manager was not surprised by the performance.

The gaffer was quick to dedicate today’s win to the home supporters.

He said: “If we count Wednesday, we have had two defeats in 12, and that in itself is a confidence booster. 

“Whilst we are delighted that how the team has played, we shouldn’t be surprised.

“It is a nice result today, and a great one for the home support. I have a lot of respect for the supporters, and this one was for them today.”

The manager was very pleased with the attitude and effort shown by his team.

He said: “I was very pleased with the result and the performance. The attitude of the team has been absolutely spot on.

“We had to come through some awkward spells, they started really well, and we had to stand up to that and then grew into the game a little bit.

“The second half I thought we were on the front foot and very positive with our play.

“We played the game in the right way and didn’t mess about, and that is part and parcel of winning a game of football.

“We had two good strikes, and there were a few strong saves from their goalkeeper as well. It was a strong team performance, and subsequently I didn’t have to make a substitute.”

Mark McChrystal came back from injury, and had a solid 90 minutes in defence.

John said: “Mark has trained exceptionally hard and is very good shape, but playing football is slightly different.

“I went for the experience, thinking that if he couldn’t get through the 90 minutes then young Pat Keary could give us a little bit of time as well.

“The adrenalin got him through, and he played the game sensibly.”

And the Rovers side will not have any fears about the busy period ahead.

The manager said: “We have shown real good fitness and strength, and the busy period coming up is not going to worry me or my players.

“They are fit boys and will be ready to go again. The next game is away at Torquay and we are going to have to be strong for that too.”

The full interview will be on Gas Player later.


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