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JOHN WARD ON WIN OVER NEWPORT

25 January 2014

Manager on today's victory

John Ward was pleased with the way his side battled the conditions as they beat Newport 3-1 at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.

Both teams had to contend with terrible weather in the first half, and the manager was again happy to see his team finish strong.

He is now looking for a repeat performance on Tuesday night when Accrington visit BS7.

John said: “We talked before the game about the two home games, and this will only become very good if we can do a similar situation on Tuesday against Accrington Stanley.

“We put on a good, strong performance today in shocking conditions, and I think it is fair play to both sets of players who put on a good afternoon for both sets of supporters.

“We got the shout whether we wanted to come off for ten minutes, but we said no let’s get on with it.

“I thought both teams tried to pass it well, and in the second half the conditions calmed down a little bit.

“I walked across the pitch at the end and it is pretty unpleasant to try and get a good game of football on it.

“There were good finishes from us, the two finishes in the second half were clean and strong and again our fitness levels have been very good. In the second half we looked strong, and finished strongly.

“We now have to recover quickly and play again on Tuesday, and if I can be sat here saying the same things on Tuesday we will be in a much healthier state.”

The manager was delighted to see Kaid Mohamed score on his debut, and he is hopeful that Eliot Richards does not have a major problem after leaving the field with a hamstring issue.

John said: “Kaid hasn’t played this level and this intensity for a little while, so there was a little tiredness, but he is going to be an asset for us.

“For him to get his goal obviously gives him a good lift. For any guy making his debut it is good to get a goal. He is a good lad and we will look after him.

“As he gets a run of games you will see pace and strength and the experience a 29 year old will bring to the team.

“Eliot needs to be a bit fitter and a bit stronger, but we don’t think it is a full blown hamstring.”

And the manager hopes today’s result will give his team another boost.

He said: “We are getting more consistent, and today’s result will give us the confidence to go on again.

“We have got to try hard to continue this vein of form, and hope it lasts a little while for us.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player later today.


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