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4 March 2013

Manager on Wednesday's game

John Ward’s side will face another team at the top of the form league when Exeter City visit the Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

After seeing off Burton 3-0 on Saturday the players are in good spirits going into the midweek match.

And the manager believes his team have been using a more positive approach in recent games.

He said: “The mood of the players has been good anyway, but it is particularly so after a 3-0 home win. It is enjoyable to get that, particularly against a team that is in fine form. 

“In the last four or five games we have been a bit more positive in our approach to the games, playing two up top.

“The team have responded to that, and we have made our play slightly more open and not quite so defensive, and we have reaped some benefits from that, finding the goals.”

The manager knows it is going to be another tough game when Exeter come to the Mem.

He said: “We are meeting teams right on form and they come to us on the back of the three goal victory.

“They have got an excellent away record. Paul Tisdale has really done well with them and Exeter have stayed strong with him. He is a good young man, and I know him pretty well.

“There is a nice connection, and there will be some friendly faces knocking around, but for 90 minutes they wont be that friendly and we have to try and beat each other. 

”Jamie Cureton has just scored his 20th goal of the season, and that is fantastic whatever age you are, and he is going to be a threat to us and we have to give him the respect he deserves.”

Joe Anyinsah is a doubt for the midweek game, but Fabian Broghammer is back in training and the manager is pleased to have a much stronger bench.

He said: “With Joe it is more of tightening up of his hamstring. He came off during the game and we will have a good look at him before the game on Wednesday – he is a bit doubtful this morning, but in the main it is not a major problem. 

“We have struggled earlier in the season; when we went to Fleetwood we didn’t even have enough to fill the subs bench.

“At the moment we have got competition for places, which is excellent, and today we are going to get Fabian Broghammer back training as well. He worked right through the weekend and could possibly have been available for Saturday’s game.

“We didn’t use him, but he is available for this week. That is another competitive player to come in.

“Fingers crossed that if we keep playing the way we are playing, we have the competitive nature about the group now that can give Exeter a really difficult evening.”

And one of the biggest plusses for the manager is seeing everyone at the club pull in the same direction.

He said: “The supporters are very much behind the team, and the team are very much behind the supporters. The whole thing is together, and that is really important.

“At Bristol Rovers everybody wants the same thing and everyone is pulling in the same direction. I want to be successful, the players do and the supporters do.

“Some of the guys have come in fresh and made comments about the supporters, and they feel the support at the football club.

“It is special, even for people who have been around the game a little bit. It has generated a feel good factor around the place.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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