John Ward on last night's game
Rover’s manager John Ward was delighted with his side’s dramatic late equaliser at Cheltenham last night, which came courtesy of an amazing forty yard strike by midfielder Ollie Norburn.
Rovers had conceded a goal just before half time, but on the balance of play the least they deserved was a point from a hard fought encounter against a side tipped for automatic promotion.
They got it, but it was close, as Norburn’s goal was, literally, the last kick of an enthralling encounter.
“It was a fantastic goal,” said Ward afterwards, and while I know I am biased, we didn’t deserve to lose the game.
“I really did think we deserved to get something out of it because we had been positive, tried to take the game to a team I think will be promoted automatically and to get a point is a great result for us.
“As I said on Friday, we have a sign in the dressing room that says ‘winners don’t give in’ and we are trying to be winners. We haven’t been in the past but we are trying to be now and if there’s one thing that’s certain it’s that.”
Returning to the theme of that goal, the manager said; “He simply had to shoot. Time was running out Cheltenham had made changes to slow the game down, but we were pushing forward and it was a long ball that led to a goal which would grace any level.”
His side had started the game in a positive mood.
“We have been positive about the game and the way we have tried to take the game to different teams but this is a big one because it’s relatively local and our fans meant that there was a great atmosphere inside the ground and I think it was a cracking game of football.
“In my view, a draw is a decent result for us.
“We were confident in the team and I think that spread out on to the pitch and we got something from the game which I think is fantastic for us.”
John's post match interview can be heard in full on Gas Player, as can a post match interview with goalscorer Ollie Norburn