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11 March 2013

Manager looks ahead to tomorrow's agem

John Ward is not expecting to have to pick up his side up ready for tomorrow night’s game against Port Vale.

Although Rovers slipped to defeat against Chesterfield on Saturday, the manager believes his team will be ready for another tough test.

He said: “At the moment we are disappointed and we will talk about Saturday but we won’t dwell on it because my next move is getting a team selected to play Port Vale on Tuesday night.

“Why should I dwell on what’s happened when we’ve got thing’s to look forward to?

“I will be really upset if I have to spend time lifting my players for this game, I didn’t spend a long time dwelling on it after the game on Saturday because we had to move on.

“We said okay that’s happened, I felt we had missed an opportunity – I said that publicly – but now the next opportunity is arising pretty quickly and we’ve got to be ready for it.

 “If we can put a good performance and good result together against Port Vale on Tuesday night no one will be asking me about Chesterfield so it’s really important we move on positively.”

And the manager knows it will be another tough game against a team with one of the best away records in the league.

John said: “They are a good side even though their manager will be ruing the opportunities he missed out on in terms of getting results and complaining that his team aren’t doing it.

“Good teams bounce back and that’s what I’m looking for from my team and that’s what I expect from Port Vale so if both teams bounce back we can expect a good game.

“We’ve got to be ready for a backlash from Port Vale, but why should Port Vale not be ready for a response from us and that’s what I’ve got to ask my players for.”

Earlier in the season when Rovers played Port Vale, John Ward was in the stands watching the game.

He said: “They are a good team and that night was a really difficult night for Bristol Rovers and Mark McGhee in particular.

“I think he played a back five that night and hadn’t had time to prepare it because they had a match on the Tuesday and Saturday prior to that, he had a lot of injuries.

“I think young Alefe Santos played and it was men versus boys and I the team was patched up so it was a tough one for Mark on that night as well as the team.

“But our team will be different from that night and we’ll give them a much tougher game I’m sure it will.”

And Rovers will be without Joe Anyinsah for tomorrow night’s game.

John said: “Joe’s not going to be fit, Joe’s come off at half time again ,he has got a problem with his hamstring so we’re going to keep him out the way and deal with it so that’s one change I’m going to have to make.

“It’s a huge frustration because on Thursday and Friday he trained really, really well but on Saturday he was pretty much a passenger for the full first half.

“He didn’t really get out of first gear, which again for him and for me and for all the rest of us is annoying as well so we can’t have him so we’ve got to move with who we can have.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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