Manager on Wednesday night's game
John Ward will be trying to make sure that his players are ready to deal with the derby atmosphere going in to Wednesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Bristol City.
Many of his young players will not have played in a game like this before, and they have to make sure that they are not phased by the occasion.
John said: “Some of our guys wont have played in front of that many people, or in a local derby, so that will be something I will be pushing my players to deal with.
“If you want to push on in the game and play at higher levels these are weekly occurrences.
“The crowd will be three times bigger and the majority of them will be wearing red and white and be against us, but for me it is just a case of dealing with it – it is only words.
“There is a big audience and that is something my players have to relish and enjoy rather than be wary of it. We have to represent ourselves and our football club in the right manner.”
The manager is now ready to fully think about the big game after picking up two league victories on the bounce.
He said: “At the time of the draw I said that it was one for everybody else, but now it is here, it is one for me and Sean to work at and get the teams ready.
“I was pushing it to one side as we had two league games to play, and they were really important to us.
“I am really pleased that my players were able to push this game away and get on and get the points, which we have got, and now we can look at these next three days.
“They say form goes out of the window for cup ties, and I hope it does as we are the lower league club.
“We have a big job on our hands, but if we can deal with that, and cope with it, then hopefully we can get a surprise result, and that is what we are trying to do.”
Finally, the manager does not expect to have Ryan Brunt available for Wednesday, after the striker left the field on Saturday after taking a knock to the ankle.
He said: “Ryan Brunt is very sore and he is not going to be ready for Wednesday, so we will have to leave him out of that and see how it goes for the weekend.”
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