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13 January 2014

Manager on tomorrow's game

John Ward is expecting his side to be ready for tomorrow’s big FA Cup clash against Birmingham.

Although Rovers go into the game as underdogs, the manager expects his side to give a good account of themselves.

He said: “Birmingham are something like 51 places higher than us in the league, so it is another opportunity for us to go and pit our wits against a team in a higher league, and against players we only see on TV. So it is really good occasion for the team and the supporters.

“I expect us to do well. I expect us to be ready for the game and be up for the game because it is our biggest game.

“It is a little test for the Birmingham boys, to get their attitude right in a ground that might not all be open.

“I want my players to have a go – if we win it is fantastic, but if we get beat there is a bit of glory still to be had, and we will move on to York City.”

The manager knows that his team will have to be on top form to take anything from the game, but with confidence high, he anticipates his side will give a good account of themselves.

He said: “We have to play better and work harder to be in with a chance of winning. 

”We have done well in the last couple of games, we have scored four goals, so there is a confidence factor about that, particularly getting the winner as late as we did on Saturday. It stands us in good stead.

“The mood is good. When you score and win, like we have done in the last two games, that justifies the fitness levels of the team, and when you are physically fit, you are mentally fit as well.

“We are not grumbling about another game, that is what players want to do. I have a young, fit team hear raring to go, and they are in good spirits.

“There is a lot to look forward to this week, and hopefully we can do well.”

And in team news: “Mark McChrystal took a bit of a thigh knock, but he will be out there, as he is a tough old boy. Everybody else is fit and well.”

Finally, the manager has confirmed that he is hoping to bring in a new face towards the end of the week.

He said: “I am keen to leave it now until towards the end of the week.

“We have got phone calls in and names and numbers, but we will get the Birmingham game out of the way.

“If I can get a player in towards the end of the week, we do get an extra game or two in the monthly period.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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