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WARD - IT WILL BE A TEST OF CHARACTER

21 October 2013

Manager on tomorrow's game.

John Ward is grateful that his team will be straight back to action tomorrow, as they try to put Saturday's defeat behind them.

Rovers went down by a single goal to Wycombe on Saturday, and will be looking to take all three points tomorrow from an Accrington side without a win in the league this season.

The manager said: "It is good to have a game – if you have done well on a Saturday you want another game, and if you haven’t done well, you want the next game.

"I know from my experience of working in Lancashire, that a Tuesday night under floodlights, when it might be wet and windy, is a test of character, and their guys are used to that, so we are going to have to be very strong in that department to compete.

"I am disappointed that we didn’t get the point on Saturday, as a point would have given everyone a big lift.

"The supporters were great, they backed the team to the hilt, and I think the team backed the supporters to the hilt, but we all went home with nothing. Even a point at home in those circumstances would have been a big lift."
 
Neither team has been in a great run of form, and the manager knows that his side are going to have to be strong to give themselves a chance of winning.

He said: "They will look at us and say ‘this is a team going through a difficult time, who we can beat.’ We have got to make sure the attitude and approach we showed on Saturday, comes with us to Accrington. 

"Any ability that we have got won’t show through unless we have a good attitude to start with. We have been saying that there is a win coming, and it might come when you don’t expect it.

"They are not winning and we have not won for a bit, so it will be the team that has the confidence and strength to have a go at the opposition.

"If we can defend as well and be as strong as we have been in recent games away from home, perhaps we can spring ourselves on them a little bit. I don’t know how the game is going to pan out, but I do know I have a team with a really strong attitude to give us the chance of winning."

David Clarkson will miss the next three games after his red card on Saturday, but there is a chance Eliot Richards could be fit for tomorrow.

John said: "Eliot Richards is going to train this morning and see how he goes. I am a little wary as we did that at Mansfield, and he felt the hamstring area again. We will see how he goes, but if we get him back he can take David Clarkson’s place."

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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