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WARD ON LAST NIGHT'S WIN

12 February 2014

Manager on last night's win

Manager John Ward was pleased with the attitude and effort shown by his team to claim all three points in difficult conditions last night.

The win has pushed Rovers up the table and given everyone around the club a boost.

The manager said: "I’m really pleased, we’ve played similarly to that in other games and haven’t won them.

“The one thing that takes you through on a night like this is your attitude and approach to the game, and I thought both teams did that exceptionally well.

“We mastered the conditions the best we could and you have to praise both sets of players for their attitude tonight.

“We were resolute, we were strong and we held on. It’s a big result for us because now there is only two points between us. We have closed a bit of a gap and the league table looks a bit healthier tonight.

“Moving up to 18th will do us all a little bit of good, but we will come back in Thursday and then we have to focus on Bury on Saturday.”

And the manager had praise for both Chris Beardsley and Tom Lockyer.

He said: “Chris makes a great contribution, and we now have to get him recovered quickly because we’re not going to have Matt Harrold for Saturday, so he will have to go again.

“His heart is in the right place, and he cares massively about doing things the best that he can, and it does rub off on other people.

“Tom had his work cut out playing against Jamie Cureton. He learned a lot about playing centre back tonight, he was up against Jamie who is a fantastic footballer at this level, so he had his work cut out but I think he was brilliant.

“It was a very young centre back pairing tonight with Parkes and Lockyer so its very pleasing that we’ve kept a clean sheet.”

And Rovers are down to baer bones once again, with a number of players back on the treatment table.

John said: “Ollie Clarke has an ankle injury that happened during the first half on Saturday.

“We strapped him up and he went out for the second half, and we knew that might cause a wee bit of a problem for tonight, and it did.

“Mark McChrystal got a knock on the knee, the same knee he had trouble with before, but at the back of the knee.

“He went home on crutches on Saturday, but he was off them on Monday and we are hoping it was just a physical whack rather than anything pulled or strained.

“The 18 I named tonight was the only 18 I had available to play, and that is with the new recruits as well.

“We have too many again in the treatment room, but we think Danny Woodards will be out training on Thursday.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.


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