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JOHN WARD - WE WANT TO PLAY

6 January 2014

Manager on Crawley and the transfer window

John Ward will be staying focused on Wednesday’s game against Crawley, despite the dual distractions of the fourth round draw and the terrible weather.

Rovers travel to the Broadfield Stadium midweek to try and finally finish their second round tie against Crawley, which has been ravaged by the weather.

The original replay fixture back in December was abandoned on 74 minutes due to torrential rain, and Saturday’s attempted replay was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

In the meantime, the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup has taken place, which could see Rovers play Premier League side Swansea at home.

The manager said: “We have got to try and beat Crawley, and they will try and beat us, and the winners will go to Birmingham.

“We want to play, we have plenty of players available and we have no injuries from the previous games.

“We gave the players a two day break over the weekend and they have hopefully come back re-energised, and we will prepare for Wednesday until someone tells us any different.

“The games are mounting up, and the days are running out, so we really want to play the game, so we don’t go in to every Saturday, Tuesday until the end of the season.”

The manager has confirmed that he will be looking to bolster the front end of his team during the transfer window.

He said: “I have spoken to one or two different people about possibilities, but we are trying to increase the squad a little bit.

“We need to strengthen at the front of the team. If we can get something wide or central we would look at that area.

“We think there are enough good footballers in the back line and in the middle of the pitch, but we need to try and increase our shooting total and our goals total.

“I have got to look at loans, more than a permanent player coming in at the moment. Things crop up on a daily basis, and if you jump in to one on the 1st or 2nd of January, by the 10th or 11th something else is happening.

“With the games we have got coming up, I would like to get a new face in, but I am not going to snatch the first one that comes up against something else comes up that I think will be better for us.

“We have got one or two names in mind and enquiries laid down, but at the moment nothing fixed.”

And with Ryan Brunt set to miss the next two months, there is definitely a vacancy to fill.

John said: “The injection didn’t do the trick for Ryan, there has been a reaction to that, and Ryan then saw a specialist in London just prior to Christmas.

“We think we have got it now, but it is going to be an eight week job, but he doesn’t need another operation.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.


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