John Ward had mixed feelings after tonight’s 3-3 FA Cup first round draw against York at the Memorial Stadium.
The manager was disappointed not to win the game, but took plenty of positives from the tie.
He said: “There was a game there to be won, and we haven’t won it, so I am disappointed, but the one thing we have got in our favour is that we are still in the FA Cup.
“I didn’t want a replay, because I wanted to win the game, and we were in minutes of doing so, so I am disappointed.
“There are a huge amount of positives from the game, and there are a lot of good things going on at the football club at the moment.
“There are a lot of good things that I shall be pushing in training next week, the football club is moving in a good way.
“The young players are learning rapidly, and the senior boys are coming back, and there is a good mood about the camp, and we want to translate that into victories on the pitch.”
The manager was pleased with his front line, including Matt Harrold, who scored with his first touch of the game after coming on as a substitute.
John said: “Matt has worked really hard to get himself back fit and back around the team, and it was a good reward for him.
“It was a good reward for Chris Beardsley to get a goal, as he found a new lease of life next to Matt when he came on.
“Then I still have Ryan Brunt and David Clarkson, so that side of the team is improving, and three goals is good.
“I have a selection situation to deal with now, which I have not had for some weeks.”
And now Rovers will travel to York on Tuesday, November 19th for the replay.
The manager said: “It is going to be tricky as they have just won their last home game 4-1, and they are good at their place and are getting decent crowds now.
“It is nice place to be, but a tough place to try and go and win.
“We will have John-Joe O’Toole back around the place, and see if we can get one or two more a bit fitter and stronger, and see if we can give them a game.”