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JW ON A STRONG EFFORT AND 3 POINTS

11 February 2013

Manager talks to the press

John Ward was particularly pleased with the way his players dug deep to claim three points from Oxford United on Saturday.

The manager was pleased with the attitude and application shown by his side.

He said: “They have done very, very well, and in terms of all the games, Saturday was a very tough one.

“It was the third one in a week, when Oxford did not have a midweek game, and it was as much down to effort and attitude as it was anything else.

“We had to really dig in at times, and it was a strong effort to get three points. It is a good mood at the moment, and we have to try and work hard to maintain that.”

The manager will now give his players a couple of days off to recover after all the effort they have put in over the last few matches.

John said: “We are giving the players a couple of days breather as towards the last 15 minutes on Saturday there were a few working on memory rather than on fitness.

“We need to recover the group, as it is not a big group. We want to get them mentally and physically refreshed.

“They deserve a little breather as there has been a lot of mental and physical effort that has gone into winning these games, and we have to try and maintain that.”

And the manager knows it will be another tough test when Rovers come up against a fellow in form side this weekend – Wycombe.

John said: “Wycombe is going to be another difficult game, as they are right up there as one of the top form teams.

“They are five points off the play offs and they are playing very strongly. We had a scout at the game, and I spoke to him this morning and he was very complimentary. 

“They have a game tomorrow against Bradford, which I am going to see, so we are trying to do our homework on them.

“They are a top form team at the moment, as we are, so there is a good game is prospect.”

And John holds Rovers up as the prime example that there is no such thing as an easy game in this league.

“There aren’t any easy games, and we are showing people that.

“When I came here we were bottom of the league, and a little bit of cannon fodder every now and again.

“But the teams around us have all picked up points as well, and we are not out of the woods yet and still have a lot of work to do to get ourselves away from that bottom part of the division.

“We have a small bit of breathing space, but in two games that can be wiped out.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player

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