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WARD - WE RAN THEM CLOSE

20 February 2013

Manager on last night's game

John Ward was pleased with the effort and commitment from his team last night, despite seeing the side’s winning run come to an end.

Rovers put in a dogged display against a Rotherham team favourites for promotion and the manager was pleased with their attitude.

He said: “The commitment of the team is unquestionable and it has stayed level. That has got to be first and foremost.

“We have a sign up in the dressing room that says ‘attitude, effort and ability’ and it has to be in that order, and that is what we have tried to do tonight and in other games.

“We have played a team that is expected to get in the top three, and probably even win the league with the amount of money they have spent and the way they are, and we have run them really, really close.

“It was only three weeks or so ago that we beat them at their ground as well, so on aggregate we have beat them.

“We expected a difficult game against Rotherham United, and we have had that. Their celebrations at the end let me know they expected a difficult game from us and they got that.

“I am disappointed with the goals, simply because of the way they have come about, very close together. If we keep it at one, we come back into the game and take something away.

“I cannot fault the effort of my team and I cannot fault the effort of my supporters, and together we have had a positive go and that is what everyone wants to see.”

The manager against commented on the ‘togetherness’ of the fans and the team.

He said: “We conceded the first goal and by the time the ball is on the spot they are singing and cheering for the team again, and that is what we have go to try and do here.

“There is a real togetherness. The fans know that there are hearts on sleeves in the team and we have a real good go.

“I think Bristol Rovers supporters will be pleased with the team’s efforts and they will come back to the next game.

“This is a super club with good people right the way through. We have the team representing the club in the right manner, and that is absolutely vital.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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