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WARD - I WANT MORE POINTS ON THE BOARD

27 February 2014

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward will be looking to push his team further up the table with a win at Northampton on Saturday.

Although both teams have spent much of the season around the bottom half of the league, the manager will not be putting any extra significance on this game – it is just the next opportunity for his side to pick up points.

Northampton have picked up form since bringing in a new manager, and John knows that they will provide a tough test for his side.

He said: “We have got to try and win, but every game is like that, each positive result helps you to push further forward.

“We have aspirations to look ahead and see how far up this table we can get, I want to try and get more points on the board and see if we can move ourselves up this table a little bit.

“Chris Wilder has got his team up and running, he has made some changes and they have won a couple of games and they will be pretty buoyant, but we go in there with two wins and a draw in our last three games, so we are pretty buoyant as well.

“So chances are there will be a good game going on. They have got good players in and have recruited well.

 “They have just beaten Southend United at home, who are looking for promotion, so that is no mean feat.

“We have got to be a good team again this weekend, we have to raise our game week in and week out. There is enough confidence about our squad to recognise that we can do that.”

Everyone has been surprised with how tight the league is this season. 

John said: “This is a good league, and a tough league. Fleetwood have lost 12 games and are in the top seven, and we have lost 12 games.

“If we can improve our wins total it shows you how close this division is.

“This year people are pulling back all the time, so there is a real tightness about it and expected results don’t always happen.

“There are some good players and some good results happening in League Two. It is going to go right down to the wire, and we are going to have to keep working all the time.” 

In team news Alan Gow will undergo a scan this evening to determine the extent of the ligament damage he sustained during the 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

Tom Lockyer could also miss Saturday’s game, after picking up a broken nose in the midweek match.

John said: “Alan is having a scan on the ankle this evening. He had X-Rays up in Scunthorpe which found there wasn’t a break there, but there is ligament damage, and we have to see the extent of that.

“We should get results on that tomorrow, but we are looking at Alan being out for quite a while, which is a great shame because he had made a good impact on the team and the dressing room.

“Keeping him beyond the end of the season was discussed in the early stages of the deal, and we have to have a look at that as it moves on.

“Alan is a good footballer and if we can keep him, I would like to do that.

“Tom Lockyer broke his nose and it was a staff decision to bring him off as he was having a bit of difficulty breathing. Olile Clarke came in and looked as if he had never been away. 

“Leading up to Saturday we will be assessing Tom, we don’t think there is the necessity for an operation, but there is still some swelling around the nose and we have to make sure he is ok before we make that decision.

“If he were to miss Saturday we are pretty sure he would be ok for the following week.”

And although the manager will miss Gow, he knows he now has some impressive alternatives. 

He said: “Steven Gillespie came on for his longest period in our shirt and looked a little bit rusty, but then he found a big one and got us a point.

“John-Joe can step up there as we have the strength in midfield to allow us to do that. We will cover Alan’s loss and I am sure we will cover it well.

“We think Matt Harrold is getting better, and I will check up on him today.”

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