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JW - WE HAD TO DIG IN & WORK HARD

16 February 2013

Manager on today's win

John Ward was especially pleased with the manor of today’s victory after he saw his team dig deep and defend their 1-0 lead.

The manager believes the manner of the win epitomises the spirit of his side in recent weeks.

He said: “Of all the wins we have had recently that is as good as any, because we have had to dig in and work hard defensively to get that.

“It epitomises what we are trying to do, especially those last couple of minutes when we have players throwing themselves at shots.

“The spirit is alive and well and the crowd responded to it as well. It has been a good day.”

The manager was very pleased with the work of Ryan Brunt who scored the only goal of the game.

He said: “He has scored two goals and he has been involved in two penalties, he is handful for people.

“He is happy to work that channel alone a little bit, and he is a massive addition for us. He is 19 but you don’t have to be an old player to have experience.”

And there were also words of praise for his defence who kept another clean sheet.

“The defence played great and we haven’t conceded a goal. We haven’t had to rely on Steve Mildenhall to keep us in the game, we defended very strongly in front of him.

“My two centre backs have been terrific. The back five has been consistent in my selection and they have stayed strong physically and mentally.

“We do a lot of defending work at the training and there is a huge pride amongst those guys at the back if they can keep a clean sheet on a Thursday morning.

“So when it really matters on a Saturday afternoon you can see they don’t want anything to get past them.

“We have taken training ground mood and spirit onto the playing field. The clean sheets are a sign we are making progress.”

Despite the continued positive mood around the camp, the manager will not be carried away as there are a lot of games coming up in quick succession.

He said: “You cannot get too carried away as we play again on Tuesday, and then on Saturday, and then the following Tuesday and the following Saturday, so enjoyment time is limited.

“We wake up tomorrow and we are preparing for the next one.

“You can bet your life Rotherham will be smarting as we beat them not long ago and they will look to put one over on us, so we will have to be strong again.

“We had a number of bumps and bruises today but nothing major that I think will keep anyone out of Tuesday.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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