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26 September 2013

Manager on tomorrow night's game

John Ward is looking forward to a Friday night game under the lights when Rovers travel to Roots Hall to take on Southend tomorrow night.

Rovers will be looking to build on the performance that saw them take a point against Hartlepool last weekend.

The manager said: “Friday nights are good as they are under lights and people enjoy that kind of atmosphere, so it is a good game in prospect.

“After the result and the way we went about it last Saturday, I think the players are looking forward to the next game.

“We have got to push the players to continue the progress, we really want to get going. There is a good spirit and a good mood about the team, and we have to try and take that forward.”

And the manager will be boosted by Seanan Clucas and Ryan Brunt travelling to the game tomorrow.

He said: "Seanan will certainly travel to Southend. He brings that kind of fighting spirit to the team and other people look at that and think ‘I have to be like that’.

“He is a leader in his own right, as young as he is, so it is good to get him back on the pitch.

“Midfield is a very strong area of the squad, and we have Andy Bond in as well, who we are playing just outside of that central area.

“We also have Ryan Brunt back in training and he will definitely be on the coach as well. It does add that bit of extra strength and knowledge and good competition for places.”

And the manager is still waiting to see Ryan Brunt and Matt Harrold as his strike partnership.

He said: “I have not seen Ryan and Matt Harrold play together yet, so I don’t know what sort of partnership they will make.

“They are similar in certain ways, but I think they are both intelligent enough to play off each other, and at some stage we will have a look at that.

“There is two good footballers there, and I don’t want to play to areas where we don’t pass and play the ball.”

Southend have lost four of their last five games, so on paper it is a good time for Rovers to visit Roots Hall, however John will not be underestimating the opposition.

The manager said: “They are a good side, and they will be looking at our recent form and thinking they can win.

“I know Phil Brown really well, and he always gets his team up to be competitive. We went to see them a couple of weeks ago, and they played pretty well, even though they lost 1-0.

“We will give them the upmost respect, they have good players and they are at home, so they would expect to be pushing the game towards us a little bit.

“But if we can be strong and do our stuff then we think we can get a result out of the game.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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