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WARD - WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE ASTRO-TURF

22 January 2013

Manager on weather disruption and signings

Although the snow has disrupted a lot of football over the weekend, John Ward is still able to get his team training thanks to the facilities at club’s training ground.

The manager says the side are lucky to have access to astro-turf, something a lot of other clubs do not have.

He said: “It is difficult, but we are training as best we can. We trained on the astro-turf yesterday, which wasn’t ideal as it was covered in snow.

“The ground is actually soft, but it is covered in snow, so ten minutes on that and it is going to be a real mess.

“We are going on the astro-turf again this morning, and we are lucky that we have that.

“I have spoken to some my counterparts north of Birmingham and they are struggling to get players in and struggling to find somewhere to train and they haven’t got indoor areas. At least we can get everyone out.”

And the manager and his players are preparing as if Saturday’s game is on.

John said: “We have no other thoughts in our mind other than the game being on.

“I have got some player reports on Rotherham already and we will be talking about that as the week goes on. We are planning to play until anybody tells us any different.”

Yesterday the manager brought Clayton McDonald to the club, but he admits that a striker remains a priority.

He said: “A striker is still a priority to add strength to the group.

“The two young boys did really well at Fleetwood, but to expect another 19 games of that calibre from two very young players is not realistic.

“They need the support and a bit of help in that department.”

Although on a positive note, there were 19 outfield players at training this morning, with only the long-term injured still in the treatment room.

John said: “I have 19 outfield players out training today, and we only have four or five in the treatment room – and they are the long term ones you know about.

“So things are progressing nicely. David Clarkson had a full day yesterday, and there are no ill effects at the moment so we will have him back.

“Last week we had Broghammer and Anyinsah back in training, so it is beginning to look a bit more progressive on that front.”

And the manager is not afraid to take difficult decisions about changing the side for Saturday’s game.

He said: “I will do what I think is right. People say you don’t change a winning team, but two weeks will have passed since that game and we have to play a different side; a team that is pushing to get itself into those promotion places.

“I will have to have a good look at it, and if I feel I have to make an alteration or two, I will do that.”

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