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17 January 2013

Manager on the events of this week

We interviewed manger John Ward today after the historic events last night that finally saw Rovers given the green light for their new stadium at Frenchay. 

John Said: ”There will be plenty of happy supporters today but they will be much happier if we are playing league football in it, that’s the cause I have to take on.

"Of course I’m delighted for the club, the chairman, and the board because they have worked extremely hard to make this happen, but I’m sure the fans will forgive me if I don’t get too excited because they want the same as I do which is a football league club to support.

"For me that is my priority. Whilst it is a nice thing looking into the future we have to make sure we are playing what I call proper football in there”.

Turning towards the playing side of things John stressed that even with the good news of the ground it does not solve the immediate problem of bring fresh faces into the club, “ At this moment players will always look at the short term, which if I’m honest is how I’m looking at it right now.

"If a player we might be interested in has a team sitting at the top of the division and then us at the other end they’re more than likely going to choose them over us regardless of the new stadium.

"But it’s always difficult at this time of year to recruit, but we are working hard to bring some in and there is a little bit of hope there may be a new face in in time for Saturday."

The manager confirmed that Joe Anyinsah and Fabian Broghammer are both back in training and could feature on Saturday.

John also looked towards this week’s home fixture against West Country rivals Exeter City, “They have had some very good results lately and they’re in the top three on merit.

"They are looking for automatic promotion and they’re good enough to do that with some great experience on their staff of that. We take them on as a top three team, we took Gillingham on, gave them a good game but couldn’t quite beat them.

"We took Fleetwood on as a top seven team, gave them a good game and beat them. I’m looking for that same kinds of work again from are group and give them a good game.

"We shouldn’t underestimate ourselves, it is going to be a tough game, we’ll need the supporters and the players all pulling together like we’ve seen in the last two home games and that will give us our best chance."

Hear John’s full length interview on Gas Player now.   

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