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28 January 2013

Manager on the run of games coming up

John Ward believes that his team still have a lot of hard work to do despite picking up back to back wins away from home.

He is keen his side don’t take anything for granted, especially with fellow strugglers Barnet visiting the Memorial Stadium on Friday.

John said: “We have had a good run, but we are still second bottom in the division, so it shows that other people have stayed the pace as well in that bottom area. 

“We have got to keep doing it now, we cannot live on that.

“It takes a massive effort for us to get out of the bottom two, and then stay out of it, that is the whole idea.

“The attitude and approach that we have had, especially in the last two away games, has been excellent and we must put that again to the test this Friday against Barnet.”

The manager believes that Barnet’s visit will be a tougher test than the last two games.

He said: “You have got to guard against any complacency. Barnet are playing very well themselves at the moment, so we have got to maintain our form and maintain the approach we have shown.

“We will be expected to win, and mentally we will have to deal with that. There is no way I will be taking Barnet lightly, and I will be passing that on to the team.

“In all aspects it is probably a bigger game than the other two we managed to win away from home. It is a big game and we have to treat it like that.”

And with games coming thick and fast over the next month, the manager knows that he has to keep his side free from injury.

“The games are coming fast and I think that will have an account on what happens with all the clubs at the top of the league and the bottom of the league.

“If we, or any club, can get through that period injury free for the majority of the matches, we have a chance of surviving and getting the points we need.

“We have had a bad shout, when I first came there were just 10 or 12 players training and I didn’t know six of them as they were from the youth group, so hopefully we have put that behind us and we can be fortunate with the matches in February.”

And the manager has also seen an improvement in the depth of his squad since he arrived.

He said: “It was good to have some strength sat around me on Saturday, and to have a selection problem. For us to have the best chance of surviving this season, that has got to happen.
“We have got to have that bulk of bodies that we know can do a job in the first team when called upon.

“We have competition, which when I first came in we didn’t have. 

“There is competitive nature about the team, but there is also a collective nature, and those guys who didn’t feature on Saturday were just as delighted to get the victory as those who did play. As long as that stays the case we give ourselves a good chance.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player  

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