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18 February 2013

Manager on tomorrow night's game

John Ward thinks the fact that Rovers beat Rotherham on their own turf less than one month ago will make them dangerous opposition tomorrow night.

Rotherham are another in form team, and the manager believes that they will be looking to claim revenge.

John said: “We have played them recently and I am pretty sure they are smarting from that result and I know it hurt them.

“We are happy to entertain them and see if we can beat them again, but we are going to have to play really, really well.

“They had an excellent result on Saturday, and by all accounts they could have won that considerably more than 1-0. They are a team that is in form.

“We can take confidence from the fact we beat them recently and we now think that we can beat these teams.

“They are a top three chasing side, they have a brand new ground and a good budget to go and get players, so I guess they are looking at automatic promotion.

“Whilst the play offs wouldn’t be a disappointment I am guessing it is their second choice.

“We are up against a team who that really has pushed on to try and get themselves into the next division next season, and that is something we have to contend with.”

The manager says he is not a fan of the rotation system, but believes most of his squad will be used in the coming weeks as the games start coming thick and fast.

He said: “I will pick what I think is the best team for the game. I am not a major fan of rotation systems or anything like that.

“These guys want to play, and who am I to stop them the way they are going. The squad will get tested over the next few weeks, I think pretty much the full squad will be used at some stage.

“If we look at the fixture list it is Saturday/Tuesday for the next few weeks and that in itself brings problems or it can be good if we get through without any bumps and bruises and keep the consistency of the team together and keep the play consistent.

“We have a group of players who get on very well, the guys work hard and get on fine together.

“Whilst the lads on the bench want to play and will be disappointed when they are not selected to start, they are ready to come on and do it.

“The players are ready and what ever is required of them at the moment they are getting on with it.”

The manager will have the same group of players to pick from that he did for Saturday’s game against Wycombe.

He said: “There are no doubts for tomorrow’s game, everyone is fit and well. We have all survived Saturday, and when your team is doing well, everyone wants to play in it, which is just as well, as I don’t have a big squad and I cannot make it any bigger at the moment.”

And despite the optimism around the Memorial Stadium, the manager will not be excepting safety until it is mathematically assured.

“We cannot except we are safe until we are mathematically. Any team can lose a run of games and any team can win a run of games. Football is not predictable, anybody can beat anybody.

“We have got to keep our foot on the pedal, if any of my players, myself or the supporters think everything is done then they are wrong.”

And speaking of the crowd, the manager says they have been fantastic since his return to the club.

“The crowd are fantastic and they have been really good since I have come back in. They have seen the team’s commitment and the team then see the supporter’s commitment. There is now a togetherness there between the team and the support.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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