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WARD - IT WILL BE A GOOD CONTEST

6 February 2014

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward will be taking his team into another busy period looking for a bit of consistency following the last three matches.

Rovers take on Oxford on Saturday, before Cheltenham come to the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

The manager said: “We have got three games coming up in the next eight or nine days and we have to be ready for that.

“In the last three games we have had three contrasting performances. We have to try to put together the way we played against Accrington and the finishing we showed against Newport County.”

Oxford come into the game unbeaten away from home and will be tough opponents for Rovers.

John said: “Oxford are tough. I saw them play at Bury on Tuesday and they were very strong, and very organised.

“Mickey Lewis, who has taken over at the moment, knows his job and is a very experienced coach. The team are playing very well for him, and they are very strong and hard to beat.

“They come unbeaten away from home, but everyone must have a fall at some stage, and we have to try and hope that is against us. If we play well, we will certainly test them.

“They are third in the league, in a very good prominent position, and they have a very good away record.

“We are relatively pleased with our home record, so there is a good contest on Saturday.”

In terms of team news, Seanan Clucas is expected to be back involved with the squad after playing in the reserve game in midweek. Eliot Richards is also fit.

John said: “Seanan will come back into the squad, needs must really, I haven’t got time to bed him in over the next few weeks.

“Danny Woodards is improving – we thought it was a full blown hamstring, but we don’t think it is now.

“Eliot is fine and has trained all this week, if we played him on Saturday we could have been looking at six weeks out and it would have been a major problem.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.


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