John Ward's thoughts on point at Glanford Park
Manager John Ward was pleased with his side’s efforts at Glanford Park last night.
Rovers earned a valuable point from a hard working display and Steven Gillespie’s first goal in a Rovers shirt three minutes from time meant that they returned home to Bristol after the 1-1 draw.
The point came at a cost, though, as recent loan signing Alan Gow was stretchered off on the stroke of half time and taken to hospital where x rays seem to indicate that there is no fracture to his ankle, though there is a possibility of ankle ligament damage.
The Exeter midfielder will undergo a scan today which will reveal the full extent of the damage.
In addition, Tom Lockyer was substituted at the start of the second half after sustaining a broken nose in the first half and experiencing difficulty breathing during the break.
He, though, was able to travel back to Bristol on the team coach, unlike Gow.
The coach was all set to go to the hospital in Scunthorpe when the driver was advised that it would not be able to negotiate the approach to the hospital because of the narrow roads leading to it.
One of the Scunthorpe medical team went to find out the latest news on Gow, followed by Director Barry Bradshaw while the coach waited at Glanford Park.
Barry returned with an update on Gow’s condition and brought analyst Jonathan Robinson, who had accompanied Gow in the ambulance, back so that he could return to Bristol with the team.
Barry then returned to the hospital to wait for Gow and drove him home.
The team eventually arrived back at the Memorial Stadium at 3.30am this morning.
Ward was not aware of this when attending the post-match interview, but of the match said; “considering the injuries we picked up we gained an extremely good point against one of the division’s top teams.
“However we were disappointed with our quality, especially in the first half and I think we probably gave the ball away too cheaply at times.
“That said we finished up scoring a good goal and we were very positive with team shape and team selection against a side that have now gone 17 games unbeaten
“We stood strong and decided to go and attack them, rather than play it cagey, and I’m really pleased with the point.”
Even though he scored the equaliser, the manager felt that Gillespie might have done better with an earlier opportunity.
“He did have a chance when he was in an excellent position and could have squared the ball across the box rather than shoot. Even at the end we had another opportunity when Chris Beardsley should have done better with a ball into the box.
“We do have to be better but this game, and this result, was very good for us and there was a lot of strength in the team, both mentally and physically
“Scunthorpe’s goal came from a good cross and there might have been a suspicion of offside against the goalscorer, but I haven’t seen it again and I’m not complaining about it. It came after we had a throw in quite deep and we didn’t clear our lines and finished up conceding a goal, against the run of play at the time.”
His side rode their luck on a couple of occasions after the break, as the home side struck the crossbar and had the follow up effort cleared off the line. However Rovers hit back strongly and fully deserved the point gained with Gillespie’s late goal.
“Our tactics were the same as they were against Burton Albion last Friday.
“Scunthorpe have been on a great run and we played very well against them and given we picked up injuries to two key people the strength of our squad showed in the substitutions we were able to make.”
The manager’s interview in full, as well as an interview with Steven Gillespie, can now be heard on Gas Player