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13 February 2014

Manager on Saturday's trip to Bury

With the league so tight, John Ward is aware that a few wins could push his team up to a much more comfortable league position.

Rovers take on Bury this weekend, and the manager is hoping his side can improve their away form.

He said; “Points in our division are at quite a premium, I didn’t realise until someone pointed it out to me yesterday that we are five points off eight place and five points off the bottom two.

“So another couple of wins for us can take us just to the edge of the play offs, not that we are going to get in there unless we put a massive run together.

“But there are a large group of football clubs in a similar position to ourselves.

“It is really tight league, and I think it is a good league with some good managers and coaches.”

Rovers’ away form has really let them down this season, winning just once on the road so far this campaign.

John said: “A win on Saturday will be a big thing for us. We haven’t performed very well away from home, we have won just once. At home we stand up there with anyone.

“Our away record is not good enough, and we are not good enough in terms of getting goals at the top end.

“We can improve both of those, and we have tried to do that with the incoming players, but we need to improve the away form.

“We have only had a couple of games where I felt we didn’t deserve anything. If you offered me the chance to go to Bury and play badly and nick a 1-0, I would go ‘thank you very much I will take that’.”

And the manager believe that Bury currently find themselves in a false position.

He said: “I saw them play against Oxford, and the play a different way from other teams in our league.

“They play three at the back, a four man middle, one in the hole and two strikers – it is an interesting shape.

“They brought in eight in January, which will have revitalised the club, and they are in a false position and in my view, and they will provide stiff opposition.

“I saw Oxford work effectively against them, and we have got to stop their forward prowess and exploit the three men at the back.”

In injury news, Ollie Clarke and Matt Harrold are set to miss Saturday’s game, but Mark McChrystal could be back in contention.

“Ollie Clarke is struggling, he has a swollen ankle and he is a doubt for the weekend. Mark McChrystal will train today, so that is good news. Matt Harrold is probably another eight or nine days away.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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