Manager on this weekend's FA Cup clash
John Ward knows his side are underdogs for this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Crawley, but the Rovers’ manager wants to see his side in the draw for the third round on Sunday.
He said: “We all would like to be in that draw on Sunday, and see what we can get. We have a lot to look forward to this weekend, and we will give it a good go.
“They have just appointed a new manager, John Gregory is a very experienced manager and back in the fold after a long time out.
“He is good football stock and knows about the game, and that always tends to give people a lift.
“The FA Cup is a one off, and we have to try very hard and play well to get through.
“We are the underdogs, they are a league above us, so we have to reproduce what we did last Saturday to give ourselves the chance of being the only team out of the two in the hat.
“I would like to be through to that third round, but it will take a lot of effort.”
And the manager is pleased that this Saturday’s game will be played in front of a home crowd.
He said: “I would rather be at home, especially after last Saturday where we scored three goals, kept a clean sheet and put on a good performance.
“Home is a good place to be, the crowd will be good, and they will support us well, as we know.
“We want to get to the third round, that is where the big boys come in, and you want the big draw.
“We have got to play as well as we have been doing, and our attitude has been spot on – if we can put those two things together we have a chance of being in that draw.”
John confirmed that mood in the camp is good following last weekend’s 3-0 over AFC Wimbledon.
He said: “The mood was good on Monday, but having said that we have been in a good mood throughout the month.
“We have had some good results, the one blip was at Burton, where we lost the game and two players as well.
“There is a nice feel about the football club, the only disappointment is when you look at the league table and it kind of hasn’t improved our league position.
“But the players are now looking at how they can catch, and how we can move forward.”
John could be boosted by the return of Alefe Santos this weekend, but Will Packwood misses out as his parent club do not want him cup tied.
He said: “Alefe Santos is back around it and adds to the group, but Will Packwood goes out with the cup tied business.
“Ollie Clarke is fit and well, and Lee Brown has become a father overnight, and hopefully we can make it a complete week for him with a good win.”