Manager on today's game
John Ward admitted that it was a game of two halves against Rochdale today.
Rovers beat Dale 2-1 at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon, and the Pirates played well in the second half, after riding their luck at times in the opening period.
The manager said: “It was different in each half, we were pretty disappointing in the first period and rode our luck and our goalkeeper has kept us in the game.
“Good goalkeepers are worth points and that is certainly the case today as we could have been going in at half time a couple of goals behind.
“To be level I was as pleased as I could be and hoping we could lift that game. We did that in the second period, the little changes we made a difference.
“We looked a little bit more lively as a team and we got started. Rochdale did very well and had good chances and didn’t take them.
“We have won the game and it is a big victory as there were a lot of wins in that bottom half of the table today, so that keeps us in a good position.”
Ellis Harrison scored both of the goals and in the game, and the manager had a lot of praise for the young winger’s character.
“Ellis’ goal was a fantastic goal and we have that confidence in ourselves as individuals and it is possible.
“He is a young man who you have seen score goals and take people on.
“You have seen him not do well, as he is young and inexperienced, yet he can bounce back, and that character will stand him in good stead for a really good career in football.
“He will try things and as a manager and coach I can only try and encourage him. He has a lot more to learn, but he is getting better.”
And the manager knows that there is still room for improvement from his side.
He said: “I talk a lot to the players about attitude, effort and ability in that order, and to me it is not rocket science, you just have to put that in.
“We are not safe as other people can still win games. We were hoping to be in the top half of the table on the TV but we are second from top in the bottom of it. We still have a lot to do.
“I don’t have a problem picking the team as they are the only ones available to me at the minute, so they have to go out and play.
“We are at Bradford next, so we have to get ready for that, and there are seven games left to play and we will see what points we can get.”
And neither John Ward or his side will be sitting back until the job is done.
He said: “I have enjoyed it when the games are finished, like everyone else I get the tension and the doubts.
“The team are a bit naïve, and they are young. They are impressionable, which I like because they listen to me.
“I try and help and guide them through things, but once they get on the pitch they have to make their own decisions.
“We are getting better, but there is more room for improvement, and if I sit back now the players are going to do the same, and I am not going to let that happen.”
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