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WARD'S CHELTENHAM PREVIEW

25 November 2013

Manager on tomorrow night's game

John Ward could be boosted by the return of Ryan Brunt and Ellis Harrison as Rovers travel to Cheltenham tomorrow night.

However, he will be without John-Joe O’Toole and Chris Beardsley, who are both suspended after picking up straight red cards on Saturday.

The manager said: “Ryan Brunt and Ellis Harrison trained yesterday, and will train again today, and if there are no ill effects, they will be in that group tomorrow.

“Seanan Clucas will miss the game tomorrow, but he is talking positively about the weekend.

“Chris and John-Joe have both been silly in my view, and they have both let us down, as they cannot play for three games at a pretty critical time of the season, so that is a big disappointment.

“They were both totally avoidable, and they have to be better than that, they are senior boys who need to do better.”

John is pleased that his side have another game straight away to try and put things right. He believes it is important to look at the positives that have come out of recent games.

He said: “We have the game coming up quickly, which is a good thing, and I will go with what I have got and what I have available to me.

“We have still got enough players with league experience.

We have had one defeat in six, so there is no point me getting upset and uptight and transferring that to the players.

“We will be very positive today, and work towards that game tomorrow knowing there is enough experience and quality in that team to come away from Cheltenham with a victory, and make that one defeat in seven.”

Following on from the dismissals at the weekend, John and his staff are continuing to look at the loan market.

He said: “We are looking, and I have talked to my staff, but we are going to get through the game tomorrow.

“Then it is a case of will they be able to play in the cup, so it is a balancing act. If I bring a player in he really is going to have to play the next four or five games.

“That still gives me two days, and I have some names and numbers in the office, so it is a question of trying to make a move if we think it is right after Cheltenham.”

Cheltenham have had two good seasons, and the manager believes that can be hard to maintain.

He said: “They have had two play off place finishes, and for a club like Cheltenham that is a fantastic achievement in itself, and to maintain that for three years running, or get promotion is tough.

“Sometimes your best players move on elsewhere, and they exist on crowds of 3-4,000 people, and it takes a lot of doing.

“Mark Yates is a very experienced young man and he knows what he is doing and what is required.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player


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