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19 October 2013

Manager on today's defeat.

John Ward admits that he was frustrated that his side had nothing to show for their hard work against Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon.

Rovers lost 1-0 to the Chairboys, after having David Clarkson sent off on 25 minutes.

The Pirates defended well for most of the game, but the visitors eventually made their man advantage pay.

The manager said: “I am frustrated for the team and the supporters, as they really rallied together today, and we have got nothing to show from our hard work.

“I don’t think we can try harder both on and off the pitch, but we have to pick ourselves up and try and reward the supporters with a result at Accrington.

“We tried very hard today, but it has not gone our way. It is my job to get these boys up and going again on Monday morning.”

The manager’s initial reaction to the red card was that it was a harsh decision.

He said: “I thought the red card was harsh at the time, but I have not seen it again. He is going to be out for three games, but we are going to have to deal with that.

“You get decision that go against you, and then it is a tough job. David is one of the experienced players who can help the young guys through.”

Rovers worked hard throughout the game, but were unable to create much upfront.

John said: “Ryan Brunt has trained until Friday as he has been nursing an ankle injury, so we only expected to get an hour out of him.

“We tried very hard at the top end of the pitch to see if we could find something, but it is a pretty lonely task when you are playing in a 4-4-1. 

“We are having a tough time, and it is dig in time. It is question of everyone pulling together, but on and off the pitch, today we tried very hard to do that and I am very grateful to the supporters.

“We will try very hard at Accrington to give them something back.”

And the manager is hoping to have Matt Harrold back for next weekend.

He said: “Matt Harrold is not going to make Accrington, but we are hopeful he will make next weekend.

“We have had a scan on him, and it has shown nothing more than a simple groin strain, so that is good news for him.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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