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13 March 2013

Manager on last night's game

John Ward has described the recent effort and application of his team as ‘magnificent’.

Rovers picked up another three points against high flying Port Vale last night with a performance full of effort and commitment.

The manager said: “Their attitude, work load and response to everything we have done has been magnificent.

“I have worked with a lot of teams and a lot players and this is right up there in terms of togetherness and trying their best. 

“It is a great result, we won this game on attitude and effort – our ability was a bit short.

“We have had three tough games against top teams at our place and not conceded a goal, and we have beaten a side that has had 10 victories away from home.

“We are getting better and have gone up a couple of places, but I don’t want it to stop. I have a tired group but they are very happy.”

And the manager had 11 players not available for tonight’s game, and lost another during the match after Oli Norburn picked up an injury.

John said: “We have gone in to the game with 11 people not available to play in the match, and for a club of our size, that is half the squad, but the half that performed last night have stood up to it very, very well.

“Oli Norburn has a swollen ankle, I think he got a kick and it looks a bit nasty at the moment. I cannot get through a game without another new injury somewhere.

“Clayton McDonald will be available on Saturday and Mark McChrystal should be available, so there are some pluses to come out of that.

And the manager is pleased to see the run of back to back fixtures coming to an end, as it will allow his players a bit of a rest.

He said: “I am delighted that the heavy run of fixtures is coming to an end as we are running short of people and the players need a breather.

“We need one more big effort and then we can have a little bit of time. They cannot keep doing that and one or two of them are running on empty.

“I have to try and man manage them, even if they are playing very well they may have to come out. 

“We have a game on Saturday, and I have to man manage the group now, as I am not sure what else I can get out of them in training.

“I have to look after the group to get Saturday’s game out of the way and then see what we have got left.”

And for the manager, attitude in defeat is just as important. He said: “Whenever we had a reversal or a little spell of not doing very well we have all put our hands up and there have been no excuses. We have bounced back and there is a resilience to the team.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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