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3 February 2014

Manager talks to the press

John Ward was disappointed with the way his side gifted Chesterfield the three points on Saturday.

The team now face another high flying team, when Oxford visit the Memorial Stadium this weekend, and the manager knows his team must move on quickly.

He said: “I think the disappointing thing is that we helped Chesterfield on their way; making mistakes against the Champions Elect is a recipe for getting beat, and that is what happened to us.

“We can play better than we did, but we were always climbing mountains. It was disappointing, but we didn’t cave in and fall apart. 

“Oxford is our next game, against another top of the table team, but we are at home, and that is where we have been quite good. We have got to reflect on that this week.

“It is a relatively local game, so there should be a good atmosphere around the ground, like there was against Newport and we have to try and replicate that form. 

”The next two games are two big games for us to try and get points from.”

And a midweek rest should help some of the players to recover after a tough period of games.

John said: “A week without a midweek games helps some of the guys recover a little bit.

“Kaid Mohamed was very tight on Saturday, his third big game in a week, something he hasn’t does for a little while.

“Even the experienced guys will find the intensity of three games like that very tough. 

”It gives them a little recovery time, and any bumps and bruises get a chance to recover.

“We have to pick up quickly, because before you know it we have another three game week.”

And for the younger lads, there will be a game against Newport tomorrow, with Seanan Clucas expected to feature.

John said: “We are playing Newport County here at the training ground tomorrow, so it keeps the younger guys up to pace.

“With these games coming thick and fast, they could be jumping in and we need them to be up to match fitness.

“We hope to have Seanan Clucas involved, and if he comes through that we get another important player back around the football squad.”

Danny Woodards will miss out with a hamstring problem, and Ryan Brunt is now sit to miss the rest of the season.

John said: “Danny has tweaked his hamstring and it is about testing how serious that is.

“Ryan has been back to see the specialist and had a further operation on his knee. The operation discovered that the knee was very solid and safe.

“We think that is going to cost the season for Ryan now, but we have got to the point of the problem and there is no doubt about him coming back, but the recovery period will probably not allow him to do that before the end of the season.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player later today.

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