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7 March 2013

Manager on Chesterfield

John Ward was very impressed with his side’s strong performance against high flying Exeter last night.

Rovers beat their fellow South West side 2-0 and limited the visitors to very few chances in front of goal.

The manager said; “I am really, really pleased. It was the best result we have had and a solid, strong and organised performance against a good team.

“They had a lot of the ball but we didn’t let them threaten our goal as much as they would have liked.”

The manager has not got long to enjoy the win, as the team were straight in to preparing for Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield.

John said: “We have done very well, but now we have to prepare for Chesterfield, and then we have Port Vale.

“It seems like it never stops at the moment, but because we are doing pretty well, I don’t think the players or the supporters want it to stop. 

“Going to Chesterfield should not be a daunting experience. It will be tough, I saw them play against Cheltenham on Tuesday, but it should be something we look forward to. We have got to be very well prepared for the next few games.

“They are a strong side, they played a 4-4-2 against Cheltenham, and played it well against a side who are pushing for the top three.

“It was a strong game, and if we are weak in any one department they can exploit that. We have to be physically strong.

“Their manager is not ruling out the play offs yet, so we have to go there and do a very strong job. They have a threat and they have Jack Lester there who can score, they are strong enough to create things.”

The manager and his side are now looking up the table to see which teams they can catch.

John said: “We are looking at the top half and that is the way I want it to be looked at.

“We are two points behind the team we play on Saturday, and if we can win that, they we go above them.

“There is always a target for me, and the target is in front of you, not behind you. We moved up two places with the win against Exeter and we can move up another place if we win on Saturday.

“I want that to be the focus of the team, but not thinking what happens if we win all ten – we have to be realistic. 

“For me you only look back for experience and knowledge. You need to look forward and move on

“If you look back and dwell on things you can get into all sorts of states, if you look forward and push on you can be very positive and try and achieve.”

And the manager again referenced the great support and atmosphere of the supporters.

“My previous time at Rovers was at Twerton Park and it was all about being together. If we didn’t come through that the football club would have fallen apart.

“We lost games when I was there, but people came back the next week and they didn’t berate the team, they saw them trying hard. I fancied that would be the same this time around.

“Bristol Rovers has been through a heck of a lot and it is still going strong. We were going through another period where we had to survive, and if we do it together we have a chance.

“This group of supporters don’t come and watch, they come and join in and I think that makes a massive difference.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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