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20 November 2013

Manager's view on replay win at York

Manager John Ward was a satisfied man after last night's FA Cup victory at York and felt his young side did very well in this first round replay.

"It was a good test for this young group of players and they came through it strongly.

"We won our headers, and stood our ground when other teams might have faltered and fall apart. If anything, the boys are a little bit disappointed to have conceded two goals. 

"We had to dig in at the end to get the result we came for, but it is a fantastic result and a really good effort from the team."

The manager was also very pleased with the way his side kept their shape throughout. 

"We worked at the shape and the players looked comfortable with it, even though we made three changes to the starting lineup.

"Tom Lockyer is probably our third or fourth choice centre half, and there were three other central defenders missing but we still defended very strongly throughout the game and I thought our quality when we broke was very good."

Ollie Norburn scored his first goal of the season, John Joe O'Toole his sixth and Chris Beardsley was on the scoresheet for the second time and it was his strike that pleased the manager. Coming just after half time, it gave Rovers a 3-0 lead.

"The second goal, just before half time, gave us a spring in our step and it was great to go in two goals to the good.

"But at 3-0 it tightened things up for us and we had worked hard in their penalty box. Scoring three goals away from home should be good enough to get you a result.

"It has, but the game still lived up to the two previous encounters between the sides this season.

"I was delighted for all the goalscorers, but for Chris Beardsley in particular because the shape we played made it a little but lonely for him at the top end of the pitch.

"I'm very pleased, as this group of players have worked very hard and we have now gone five games without defeat which is a plus.

"We have two more big games in the league coming up and this is a good base for us to build on as we look ahead to games at Burton and Cheltenham."

Victory gives Rovers a home game against Crawley in round two.

"They are a league above us, and will be tough opponents. However we are at home and I'm sure our supporters will come out in force in the knowledge that if we can win that one there is a possibility of a plum tie in the next round."

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