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WARD - WE HAVE TO KEEP WORKING HARD

7 October 2013

Manager's Monday press call

John Ward has said that he will be working hard to pick his players up following Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Fleetwood.

He said: “We did really well for 80+ minutes, and then their second goal was a killer for us.

“It was a big knock back, and I think I now have to pull these boys back and remind them of the 80 minutes or so that was really good, rather than the final three or four that cost us the goal.

“We need to keep encouraging them to do the basic stuff, and we have to work hard for things to change.

“I have no problems with the work rate of the team, we just need that break, and if we can get it, then this team can improve.”

Mark McChrystal is set to have a scan on his knee this afternoon to see the extent of the tendonitis problem he has been suffering with.

John said: “Mark has to have a scan on his knee, it is a tendonitis thing and he has been suffering with it for a little while.

“We are clearing that up today, so we will have a bit more knowledge when the results of that come through.

“If it is something he can carry on with, without doing any further damage, then of course we will, but the last thing we want is to make things worse for the player. 

”Other than that, everyone is fine. Tom Parkes has an injured side on Saturday, but he will train today, so that is good news.”

And the manager confirmed that although Garry Kenneth has asked to leave, there is a chance he called be called upon on Saturday if the injury to McChrystal is worse than feared.

He said: “Garry has asked to leave, but if I ask him to play then he has got to play.

“He is fit now and ready to go, he was fit and available for Saturday, but I didn’t use him, but now with the problem with McChrystal, I may have to do that.

“And Garry would have to be professional about his job and represent the club and himself as best as he can.

“He is here for training today, and if I need him on Saturday, then I will use him.”

And although the manager is extremely pleased that Seanan Clucas and Ellis Harrison have been called up for international duty, he admits that he will miss them.

He said: “I am delighted for the two boys, we also have Tom Lockyer on standby, which could be a third one gone, and it is now too late for us to get the game altered. 

”You pat them on the back and wish them luck, but also think ‘blimey we could do with them against Mansfield’.

“It is a double edged sword, but if they are not there, other people will get the opportunity.

“We have got a good relationship with the U21 people with both Wales and Ireland, and I wish them well.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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