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3 October 2013

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward is looking for his team to push on after being encouraged by the last two performances.

Rovers have a run of tough games coming up, starting with the visit of Fleetwood on Saturday.

John said: “I have been patient, and the supporters have been patient, but we want a bit more now.

“We want to push it on and see if we can take it on. Four of the next five games are against teams who are already in the top eight or top ten of our league, so they will be pretty tough fixtures.

“But like last year we were able to raise our game against the Fleetwoods and the Rotherhams, and we have to do that now.

“We are improving steadily bit by bit, and now is a great time to progress. It is a big period for us and hopefully the supporters will get behind us, and the team respond together.”

Rovers picked up a shock win against Fleetwood last season, despite not being able to fill the bench and the manager is looking for his side to raise their game once again.

He said: “I remember going there last year with 14 players, and they had 32 to select from, and I think it is a similar situation now.

“We have a bigger group now, but a lot of them are young, and they have still got a group of senior players, and three wins out of four away from home reflects that.

“It will be a tough fixture for us, but I think we are about ready now. The last couple of games have been good for us, and I am looking forward to seeing how my team responds at the weekend.

“Fleetwood pass and move and have good forwards, and will play forward football well. So we have to be of that nature ourselves, so I think there is a good game in prospect.”

John is also having to manager the fitness of Matt Harrold and Ryan Brunt.

He said: “Matt Harrold has got a bit of a groin strain, which has kept him out for the week, but we are hopeful that come the weekend we will get him fit.

“Ryan Brunt is still nursing an ankle injury that he had previously, but that is an ongoing thing. Apart from that, we should be at a reasonable strength.”

And the manager is looking at the possibility of bringing in a new faces, but will have to move a few people around first.

He said: “I am looking now to stablise things, maybe switch things around a little bit, see if we can get a new face in, but I have got to move one or two people around to do that.

“Situations are happening, but they are not going to happen over night, we have got to be patient, but at the same time we have to try and improve the league position.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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