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22 November 2013

Manager on Saturday's game.

John Ward hopes that his side will be able to extend their unbeaten run when they visit Burton’s Pirelli Stadium this weekend.

His side have gone five games unbeaten, and the manager is pleased to have a bit more consistency about the side.

He said: “The league points are really important to us, but the cup tie gives us confidence to go into the game against Burton.

“We go to Burton knowing that we drew there last year, and beat them at our place, so are confident enough in that, even though we know it is a totally different game.

“Five games unbeaten gives us the knowledge that we can be consistent and it is important to keep going on that sort of roll. There is a little bit of stability now.

“I think Burton are a good side, and I think it is a good place to go and play. The crowd play a part as they are close by, and everyone has a part to play. 

“I am looking forward to the next two games, and if we can maintain our form then I think we can give Burton a tough match.”

Will Packwood will be back in contention after being forced to miss the cup tie, but Seanan Clucas could be a doubt after returning from international duty with a knee injury.

John said: “Seanan is back from international duty, but he has come back with a knee injury. He is going to go out and train today with Phil Kite, and we will see how he goes.

“Will Packwood is back, he was not available for the cup tie. We looked after Matt Harrold on Tuesday. 

“Ryan Brunt tweaked his knee on Tuesday, so we didn’t want to take that risk. I could easily have sat him on the bench and not used him and no-one would be any the wiser.

“We will look after him this next day or two and see if he is available for the weekend.

“I don’t know how long we will be without Alefe Santos, as we are in unknown  territory.

“Alefe is a young boy who doesn’t know anything about hamstring injuries and how bad it is. That is inexperience, and hopefully he will not get too many injuries like that in the future.

“Garry Kenneth is up at the FA medical centre at Burton this week – we will know far more about him when he comes back next week.”

The manager confirmed that he is looking at the loan market, and his key target would be a wide player.

He said: “I am looking at the loan market and there is a week until the window closes. I am talking to my scouts and getting information through.

“We will look in to it strongly, I am looking, but I am not close to bringing anyone in.

“I would look at a wide position, but there are two games to come before the window closes, so that could alter if anything else crops up.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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