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24 February 2014

Manager on tomorrow night's game

John Ward was able to watch Scunthorpe as they beat Portsmouth 5-1 at home this weekend.

And the manager knows his team face a tough test against a side that have not lost in their last 16 games.

He said: “They were good, very strong and very quick. Their front players are very bright and lively, and they looked a good team. They have invested very well in the positive side of their team.

“What you have got to try and do is get in to their back four, but when they are at home, that is not an easy situation to get in to.

“But we said that about Burton, but we gave them some problems, and that is what we have to try and do away from home against a team in very good form.

“If we go up there with that positive frame of mind we hope we can replicate some of that form, and there should be a good football match up there.”

The manager knows that preparation is key ahead of the tough trip tomorrow.

He said: “Today is a big day for us, in terms of how I and my coaching staff go about our jobs. We have got to get into a positive frame of mind for the next match.

“I am pleased I saw them play, as you get a first hand view of it. I have big respect for them and I have to think accordingly.”

And Rovers will be desperate to improve their poor away form.

John said: “We are going away from home, to a very good side, that has not lost a game in 16 and are on a crest of a good football wave.

"It is not necessarily going to be the same team that plays tomorrow, but there is not necessarily going to be major changes.

“This is as big a week as any, because we have two away matches where our form has been in question, and we have to try and answer that on the pitch. 

“Our defensive record is one of the best in the division, and our back line will be tested tomorrow.

“But we have to try and improve the front part of our team, especially away from home.”

Matt Harrold will not make the journey tomorrow. John said: “Matt is back out on the training pitch, and was back out on Saturday.

“We will take the week as it travels along, and hopefully he will be available for the weekend.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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