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JOHN WARD ON THE FA CUP

2 January 2014

Manager on Saturday's FA Cup second round replay

After having a game postponed yesterday, John Ward and his team are now fully focussed on preparing for the FA Cup second round replay against Crawley on Saturday.

Despite more bad weather forecasted over the next few days, the manger will be preparing for the game in the normal way and will not let his team be distracted.

He said: “This is the time of year these things happen. We are preparing to play, we will train here and get ourselves across there for the game on Saturday, unless someone tells us differently.

“We have got 24 games left, including this cup tie, and the players are fit and well and they were disappointed the game was off on New Year’s Day, as they were ready to play.

“We will deal with whatever happens and get on with the next job. Today is preparation for an FA Cup tie, and we are looking forward to it.”

The manager has a fit squad to pick from, and could be boosted by the returns of Seanan Clucas and Danny Woodards towards the end of the month.

He said: “Everyone is fit and well and they will be looking for their names on the team sheet.

“We will have a reserve game next week, if there is no cup match, and one scheduled for a week after that.

“The first one will be a bit early for Seanan, and might be a bit early for Danny. But if they don’t make the game next midweek, it will be the one after, and we are looking at getting those guys back around the first team group by the end of January.”

And after two matches against each other in a short space of time, both teams will know what to expect from each other come 3pm on Saturday.

John said: “We have watched them play, they beat Leyton Orient, which was a fantastic result for them, and won their next home game 1-0, so John Gregory is obviously getting his ideas across.

“We have done our homework, and we now have to get out on the training pitch and put that to the players.

“They are a good side, and there are 30 plus positions between us in the league, so for us to still be in the tie after a couple of games is a really good testimony to us.

“They are a strong group of lads, and they had a couple of big sales, which have helped them to recruit.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player later today.

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