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WARD - WE OWE THE SUPPORTERS

19 September 2013

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward has said that his team owe the supporters a win after the last two away performances.

Rovers’ home form has been decent so far this campaign, and the manager will be hoping to put a smile back on the faces of the supporters come Saturday evening.

He said: “We have got to try and get the three away games out of our minds a little bit.

“There was a good effort at Bristol City, but the two following that were disappointing and quite rightly so the supporters were disappointed.

“We owe the supporters one, as well  as ourselves, but I put the supporters ahead of ourselves at the moment – they have travelled to those three away games.

“We have not responded in the same manner and we owe those away supporters a better performance this Saturday, and that is what I am looking for from the team.”

And the manager will not be making drastic changes, despite the two disappointing results.

He said: “We have had the conversation with the staff this morning ‘do we change this, do we change that’, but we are going to stay with what we are good at.

“We have worked on a particular shape, and the way we want to play, rather than affect to other people.

“Every now and again you will make your changes and have a respect, but we are coming back home now.

“We have played strong at home and created things, so it is important we stress that to the team now.

“At the same time we have to accentuate the positive and we will be doing that as we are getting closer to the game.

“Hopefully we can prepare properly and give a good account of ourselves.”

The good news is that there are no fresh injury worries ahead of the match, with striker Ryan Brunt due back next weekend.

John said: “Everyone is ok, we have had one or two bumps and bruises, but nothing serious, everyone is out training and ready to go.

“We have good news on Ryan Brunt, we have had a scan on him and there are no sinister problems. He should have a chance to be fit for Southend next  weekend.

“Seanan Clucas is going to play a part in our County Cup game on Tuesday, which is great. He has been joining in everything in training, at the moment we are trying to protect him a little bit, but I don’t think he wants protecting. 

And the manager is pleased that Hartlepool have picked up their first win of the season.

He said: “They have picked up their first win, but we now have to make things hard for them, we have found that one win doesn’t make your season, you have to keep it going.

“I am glad they got their first win out of the way, as they are not coming here looking for that.

“I have looked at the Hartlepool side and we will give them every due respect. But at the same time I have to spend a lot of time with my team saying we have to be better than we have been.”


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