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14 October 2013

Manager's Monday press call

Reflecting back on Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Mansfield, John Ward remains pleased with the way his team performed for the whole 90 minutes.

Rovers put in arguably their best performance of the season so far at the One Call Stadium.

The manager said: “I think we have got better as we have gone on, on Saturday we had a good 90 minutes.

“The conditions were conducive to good football, and we tried to play that. We passed it very well, kept it on the floor, created chances, and had probably twice as many shots on goal as the home team.

“If anything there is a disappointment that we didn’t win it, as we had enough chances to do that.”

It was a very young side on Saturday, with Pat Keary the latest youngster to make his mark on the first team following an injury to Lee Brown.

John said: “We are very young and get affected by injuries at the moment, but we are dealing with things in a strong manner.

“The mood is right, I never argue about the way the players train and go about their job - we try very hard week in and week out.

“Pat has been quietly waiting for an opportunity. It is a little bit more difficult at centre back, as it is a key position, but Pat was ready for this chance.

“His attitude and approach to everything he does is pretty tough, and I am really pleased for him.”

And the manager confirmed that he would like to bring one or two new faces to the club to provide cover across the back four.

He said: “I have started some phone calls this morning.

“We got a little bit of good news on Lee Brown; we thought he had a full blown hamstring injury on Saturday, but we don’t think that is the case now, we think it might just be a tightness.

“If it is we can see if we can get that moved away over the next few days, to see if he has a chance for the weekend.

“But I have made one or two phone calls to see about the possibility of a new player or possibly two in.

“Andy Bond has gone back to Colchester to make room for that, as we are really tight on our expenditure.

“We need to bring someone in at centre back, I need to buy the time for Garry Kenneth and Mark McChrystal to get fit, so that is the priority. If I could get two in, it would be a centre back and a left back at this stage.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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