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5 October 2013

Manager on today's loss

John Ward was disappointed that his side could not take anything from today’s game against an impressive Fleetwood side.

Rovers matched the visitors for most of the game, but were undone by some clinical finishing.

The manager said: “It was harsh, 3-1 was harsh. They are a good side, and their away form is excellent, and we had to be on our toes for the whole game, not just the last few minutes.

“We have got ourselves back in at 1-1 and then we had a few problems, as my two centre backs have probably not been fit enough to complete 90 minutes at the level this game required.

“Mark McChrystal has been working a knee problem for the last two or three weeks and not been on the training pitch enough, and Tom Parkes got a knock and not been fit enough in those last few minutes.

“It is disappointing we couldn’t get something against a very good team. We had a problem and they did well to exploit it, they were very clinical, all credit to them.

“Our team worked really hard, and I think a 3-1 score line is tough on them.”

The manager changed things around after Fleetwood got the opening goal.

He said: “We gained in confidence in the second half. We knew in the first half that we wanted it to be tight, so we kept it a bit cagey.

“But at 1-0 down we made a switch, and found a goal, so I told them to go on and see if they could win it without being silly. We have gone close to getting a second goal, but we haven’t and we got undone.”

The manager confirmed that Garry Kenneth has expressed an interest to leave the club, and the club have received an enquiry about Matt Gill.

He said: “Garry Kenneth wants to leave the football club, so I cannot pick him as his heart is not in it. 

“He wants to leave the football club, and I don’t think the supporters would want me to pick a player who wants to leave.

“Matt Gill was on the bench as a necessity, we had a couple of injuries from the Watford game on Thursday.

“We have had an enquiry about Matt, and we have put that to him and he will have a decision to make on Monday morning.

“I have got to be careful as next weekend I have Seanan Clucas and Ellis Harrison away on U21 duties, and Tom Lockyer is on stand-by, so we could be without three of that group from today, which doesn’t help the situation.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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