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17 October 2013

John Ward on Saturday's game

John Ward is hoping his team can build on their recent progress when Wycombe Wanderers visit the Memorial Stadium this weekend.

The manager admits he would be happy with a scrappy win, but would prefer his team to play well and win.

He said: “We played ok against Fleetwood, especially in the second half, we just got caught by a few mistakes at the end.

“We bounced back very strongly and positively against Mansfield. With a bit more clinical finished, we would of won the game.

“We didn’t, so that is something we have to improve on, but the performance and the players were very good. That now pushes us on to this home game.

“While we respect Wycombe, who have some very lively players, we are ok with our home form, and we have to replicate that and improve it.

“If we play not very well and win, I would take that, but I would rather play well and win. We want to move the ball about like we did last week.

“We are creating enough chances, we just need to finish them off. We have got people who can score in the team, we have just got to be a bit more clinical.”

The manager will have a much bigger squad to choose from for the game. The two loan signings Alex Henshall and Will Packwood, will be joined by Ellis Harrison and Seanan Clucas who return from international duty.

Lee Brown could also be available, after his hamstring problem was not as serious as first feared.

John said: “We don’t think Lee Brown’s injury is going to be a long term one. He has a full range of movement, which suggests it is not a full blown hamstring strain.

“He is going to go out training today, and he has had treatment and light training this week, and we are hoping he can get out run and kick a ball at full stretch.

“There is a good chance he will be involved on Saturday, and he wants to be there.”

And John knows that Wycombe will provide a threat in front of goal on Saturday.

He said: “They have some lively players, and Gareth Ainsworth has done a great job.

“They are a lively team, and a bright team, and if they get the upper hand on you, then they will make it pay.

“We know we have some work to do and that starts today. I know Gareth, he wants to attack, and I want to attack, and I think it is going to be a good game.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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