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17 February 2014

A chat with the manager

Saturday’s postponement against Bury meant that John Ward was able to go out scout out our next opponents Burton Albion.

The manager was able to watch the Brewers ahead of our game against them here at the Memorial Stadium on Friday.

The postponement also gave a few of the injured players a bit more recovery time.

He said: “We went to watch Burton on the Saturday after the postponement.  They have got a game on Tuesday, which we will send someone to, but it was good for me to see them myself.

“We would have had Danny Woodards and Mark McChrystal available, but in the long term it will give them a bit more recovery time, and Ollie Clarke gets a bit more time without missing a game.

“If we get Ollie back around the football club this week, that will be good. We are hoping by Thursday that we could have Matt Harrold back around the club, which makes the group stronger.

“And with the back log of games coming up, ant fit players coming into the squad is a bonus for us.

“We’ve relied on the young boys a lot and their in the team and on the bench. Someone like Tom Lockyer has played 30 games in his first season as a professional so he’s done exceptionally well.

“Sometimes those guys need a break. But the more senior boys who are used to played so many games in quick succession so it’s good that we can benefit from having a full squad.”

And the manager knows that Burton will provide a tough test for Rovers.

He said: “They went a goal down at the weekend; it was a quiet first half, and then all of a sudden Dagenham scored a fantastic goal right on half time, then the pressure was on Burton going into the second half.

“They have got some good forward thinking players and they have kept their shape and kept their organisation at the football club and it has stood them in good stead.

“They play away at Rochdale on the Tuesday night so hopefully they’ll be a bit tired come Friday, but they’ll be in good shape especially if they get a good result at Rochdale.

“It will be a tough game and our supporters have always backed us in these tough games and hopefully they’ll do it again.”

And the manager is looking forward to Friday night under the lights at the Mem.

He said: “I like Friday night games, and the players like them.

“Playing a night game adds to the atmosphere and it allows some of the local football fraternity to come and watch our game. I think it adds to the total atmosphere as well, under the lights with a good crowd.

“It will be a good game, Burton are going to be a top six side when they come to visit us, but we’ve done quite well against teams at that level so hopefully there will be a nice response from our team.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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