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WARD - WE HAVE TO KEEP WORKING HARD

2 March 2013

Manager on today's win

John Ward was delighted to see his side secure a good victory against high flying Burton Albion this afternoon.

The manager was pleased that his team managed to score three goals, although he insists they need to keep improving all the time.

He said: “We are not going to stop at that, we are going to try and keep improving all the time, and I think we are.

“What we have shown today is that we have stayed strong, mentally and physically, and I think that is really important.

“The players have played pretty well even in the disappointing defeats, but today we have put a top three team to the sword, and I am really pleased with that

“It was a very positive approach from everyone today. We got ourselves ahead and put ourselves in a strong position, and I told the guys at half time to not be afraid of winning.

“They are a good side in really good form, and we have limited them in terms of the chances they had.

“A lot of the games previously have been tight, and we have managed to score more of our opportunities today.

“We put three against a good team and it pleases me that our forward thinking play has been successful today.”

The manager is delighted to see his team growing in confidence.

He said: “They are gaining in confidence, and they recognise now that they can play well against top teams, even though we lost to Northampton we played well and only lost by an odd goal.

“We are right in there, we are earning that little bit of respect from people now.

“We have stepped up a place in the division, but the one thing I won’t let happen is let us get complacent.

“We have had to work really, really hard and be on our game. We have found that against any team, if we are on our game we will give them a tough task.

“Today is a great result, but we have had to work exceptionally hard to get that, and that has been the crux of the way we have played since I have come in. That is what I demand from the team; win, lose or draw.”

The manager was impressed with Ellis Harrison who caused Burton some problems in his first start at the Memorial Stadium.

John said: “I see Ellis every day and I have seen him get a goal in this league already. He just wants to play football.

“He has got power and confidence, and I knew it wouldn’t phase him coming in to play.

“He ran out of steam a little bit, but he is going to be a very good payer, we just have to look after him properly.”

The manager also confirmed that Joe Anyinsah was substituted because of a slight injury concern, but Ryan Brunt came through his return unscathed.

“Joe has just tweaked his hamstring, which happens a little bit too often for my liking and his probably.

“Ryan Brunt is fine, he may have looked a little bit rusty, but that hour will have done him the world of good.”

And next up for Rovers is Exeter who visit the Mem on Wednesday night.

John said: “They are a good team who pass it and play it really well. They will give us a different test, and hopefully we will give them a test.

“It is a good game of football in prospect, and I am sure we can compete with some Champions League on the TV and get people down at the Mem again.

“After today’s result I hope they would want to come here.”

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