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28 November 2013

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward is hoping his team will take the attitude and effort they showed on Tuesday night into Saturday’s game against AFC Wimbledon.

He said: “I keep talking to the players about attitude, commitment and ability – in that order.

“You cannot put ability first because if you don’t have the right attitude it only counts in bits and pieces.

“We have got ability in the side, and whilst we are a bit short in scoring goals, we have people in there who can do that, and threaten Wimbledon.

“It was hard earned point against Cheltenham, and a strong game from both teams.

“In a strange way the disallowed goal lifted everybody up, the crowd behind the goal got a bit louder and that spread onto the pitch to the team.

“We got stronger as the game went on, and that was good for the confidence of the team, especially after the way we lost the game at Burton.

“I know we need to win games, but it is important not to lose them too.”

And on the injury front, Alefe Santos is back in training, but Ollie Clarke and Ryan Brunt will not train today.

John said: “We have Alefe Santos back training today, so we pick up with him.

“Ollie Clarke is improving. It was a tightening of the hamstring, which he has had a problem with in the past.

“He won’t train today, but if he can keep improving then we might get him out there on Friday, and see how he goes, but we won’t take any risks with a player’s fitness.

“Ryan Brunt trained on Monday, but he felt his knee. He trained ok, but couldn’t get full working order in the knee, so that is something that concerned us.

“So he won’t train today, which puts him doubtful for the weekend.

“Seanan Clucas is seeing a specialist today, and when I get that information I can tell you more.

“We are pretty concerned, and we have our fingers crossed we don’t get the results we think we might.”

And the manager had a word for the fantastic support who made the trip to Cheltenham on Tuesday.

He said: “The supporters are patient, and they know I will tell them the truth and tell it as it is – I am not an excuses man. They also know that we are a young team.

“We took 1,200 with us to Cheltenham in midweek and out-shouted the home fans and got behind the team, and they understood what was going on. 

“The supporters are totally committed and their support was terrific on Tuesday, and made a massive part in creating that second half performance.

“They have been there when we have not been having the best of times, we hoped we would have been out of this situation before now, but we are not, and we need everybody to keep pulling together.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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