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14 January 2013

John on the weekend's win

John Ward was delighted with his side’s win against Fleetwood on Saturday, but he knows that they have to put that behind them and move on to the next challenge.

The manager was especially pleased with the manner is which his side got the three points.

He said: “The manner in which we won the game was as pleasing as getting the right result.

“I am not against getting a lucky 1-0 win but to play with the authority that we did against a team looking to get promoted was very encouraging.

“The players responded very well and were very positive about what they did.

“All of my six attacking players scored goals, or had shots or were in a positive mood, they won the game for us in the first hour and in the final half an hour my back four made sure we won the game.

“It was a real collective afternoon from the whole team. But the youth and inexperience tells me it may not last and be able to reproduce on a regular basis.

“The boys were really up for what we were trying to do, long may we keep that sort of spirit.

“Saturday has been and gone, we have done it and received the plaudits, which is nice, but we have got to get ready for the next one now.”

The manager is hoping to have a few of his experienced players back in and around the team this week.

He said: “The group is beginning to look a bit better, and I might even be able to fill the bench next week, which will be nice!

“We rely on those people with experience, in the middle of the pitch it is very important.

“If I can add to that with people like Danny Woodards, and if we can get Joe Anyinsah and Dave Clarkson back, which we are hopeful we can by the end of this week.

“So suddenly the picture does look a lot stronger. I am pleased we don’t have a Tuesday game as it gives us extra time for people like Joe and David to get out on the training ground towards the end of the week and be involved Saturday.”

And it will be another tough test this coming Saturday, as third placed Exeter visit the Memorial Stadium.

John said: “Exeter are in the top three, they have won three or four on the trot.

“They are at Torquay on Tuesday, and I am going to go and watch that game to try and get a bit of information on them.

“I know Paul Tisdale, he is an ex player of mine, and obviously Marcus knows the group at Exeter as well.

“We know they have got good players and we need to be on the same form we showed at Fleetwood.”

And the manager will continue trying to strengthen his squad this week. “I am trying to do that all the time, the squad is pretty slim in terms of numbers.

“I just walked in the treatment room and there are some good players in there!

“I have to keep looking and keep trying, and that is what I will be doing over these next few days.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player

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