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WARD - WE ARE LOOKING STRONGER

24 January 2013

Manager on Rotherham

John Ward believes his side is looking a lot stronger than when he took over in December.

The manager has bought in a number of new faces, including Clayton McDonald and Ryan Brunt this week, and the recent postponements have allowed a few senior players to return from injury.

He also says that there is an opportunity to bring in one more new face, but there is no desperate hurry.

He said: “We have had a little bit of fortune with a few games being postponed, that has allowed us to get some fitness into people like Joe Anyinsah and David Clarkson, and also allowed us to get people like Clayton McDonald and Ryan Brunt into the football club.

“So hopefully now we look a little bit more senior, a little bit more a threat to the opponents.

“We have only got four or five in the treatment room, and they are the long term ones. There is just Jim Paterson who has a hamstring strain.

“Phil Kite is happy, and so am I as I am now working with 20/21 outfield players.

“The good thing about the shortage of players is that some of the young boys have taken their chances really well.

“Whilst I do keep saying we are not going to get another 19/20 games out of them at that level, we are going to get moments, and I know now that I can trust them, and put them in as and when required.

“I have got scope for one more player, but at the moment we have to be careful with the payment process in position and our own budget as well.

“It hasn’t stopped me looking, but at the moment we certainly look a bit stronger and a bit more experienced.”

And everyone is still waiting to hear whether John-Joe O’Toole will be extending his loan spell with the club.

John said: “Colchester will let us keep him for the next couple of months, with a 24 hour recall clause.

“It is really up to John-Joe. He has one more game with us, I would like to keep him, and have expressed that to him.

“Joe Dunn at Colchester has been recorded as saying that he is probably not going to play if he goes back there, so he might as well stay here and play some football and enjoy it.”

And Rotherham will be another tough test, but Rovers proved at Fleetwood that they could beat a team near the top of the table.

John said: “They are up near the top, but so were Fleetwood and we gave them a tough game.

“It is not easy to replicate that, it was a massive result and an excellent performance, but we have to work hard to try and replicate as much of that as we can.

“I also have to pay attention to the opponents, they have a different style of playing and it is something we have to combat as well as trying to impose ourselves on the game.

“It will be a tough game, they are a good side, thy have spent a lot of money trying to get promotion, so we have got to be on our game.”

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