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3 January 2013

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward believes that the last two results have instilled a new found confidence in his Bristol Rovers side.

A solid draw away at Aldershot, followed by a win against Plymouth on Tuesday, both showed plenty of the spirit that the manager is looking for.

He said: “A win and a point away from home, the two games together have given us a bit of confidence.

“We are still a little bit short of numbers, but in those two matches what everyone has seen has been the attitude and approach and we have got a nice reward from it.

“The approach is going to be tested to the limit against Gillingham and Fleetwood, but that attitude has to be maintained.

“If we can put that in again on Saturday, and we get the backing we did on Tuesday, which was fantastic, then hopefully we can achieve things together.”

And Gillingham currently sit top of the division, and will be a tough test for the improving Rovers side.

John said: “They are top of the division, so they are the best team in the league at the moment. But on any given day things can happen and things can go your way.

“We have to take the approach to the approach to the previous two matches into the Gillingham game, have the belief we can get something out of it and have a real good go. We have got to make sure we try and play at our very best.”

The manager revealed that he put in a bid for Cian Bolger that was rejected by Leicester City, and he knows that he is not blessed with time to build his side.

He said: “Bolger has gone back to Leicester and Lund has gone back to Stoke. We are trying to see what we can do with those, to see if we can bring them back in, but we have to try and bolster the squad.

“We put a bid in for Bolger, but that was turned down. Whether we can extend or improve that is another matter at this moment, but we probably can’t.

“I haven’t got time to build this football club, I haven’t got six months or two years like the last time I came in, we have to put it together now.

“When one or two pieces fall out, like Cian Bolger and Matt Lund from the weekend, I have got to try and replace them.

“Either from within - which is tough as they are getting younger all the time, or with one or two other players who are available at this moment.

“It is important I try and find the right people, who want to take on the Rovers cause.”

And John says that Garry Kenneth remains captain of the club, although he was impressed with Tom Parkes’ leadership abilities.

He said: “Garry Kenneth is back after his suspension which helps us at the back. Garry is captain, he wasn’t available on Saturday, so Tom Parkes did it, but Garry is captain of this football club.

“Tom has that leadership quality, but he is one of these guys who doesn’t have to have an armband to be a leader. I need plenty of leaders on the pitch, and Tom is certainly one of those.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player

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