John's post match interview from Edgar Street
Rovers’ boss John Ward was pleased with his side’s 1-0 win against Hereford at Edgar Street last night.
It was a tough workout for his squad, as the home side provided a stern test.
“It was a good workout and, as I said after the game at Bath City, I could easily get games where we might run out comfortable winners but if we had those sort of matches we wouldn’t really get a lot out of it.
“Hereford gave us a very good game, and we had to dig deep as they played some really good football at times and we had to be strong, particularly in the first half.
“I think we had a lot more possession in the second half and we won the game, which is always nice, and gives us a little bit of encouragement.”
Many players had more than 45 minutes, but the manager’s plans were disrupted by injuries sustained by Fabian Broghhammer (knee) and Jim Paterson (ankle) in the first half, though neither are expected to be out for any length of time.
The only goal of the game came from David Clarkson, which means that Ward’s three main strikers have all hit the target in pre season.
“It’s nice to have scored three goals away from home in the games against Bath and Hereford. You don’t get too many goals in games such as these, and now we move on to Friday where we may not see as much of the ball. The two games we have played to date will stand us in good stead for the visit of Derby County.”
There is a concern regarding striker Ryan Brunt, who didn’t travel to Edgar Street.
“Ryan has a piece of bone floating in his knee, which we knew about, and we are trying to get him in to see a specialist this week. If he needs a clean up, which we think he may, he could be out for three or four weeks. It’s a problem, but it’s one of those things that happens every now and again.
“Ryan has had a little bit of surgery in that knee and when that happens it’s always a possibility that something like this might happen. At least we know what the situation is and we are hoping it’s nothing more serious.”
Moving on to Friday night’s game, the manager said:
“It’s a terrific game to look forward to. Nigel (Clough) feels he has the best squad he’s had in his time at the club. They regularly finish in the top half of the Championship, so if his team is that much stronger, we face a tough game. That’s great, though, because we don’t want easy options in pre season when we begin the season with some very tough games.”