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27 January 2014

Written by Sam Carey

Following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Newport County, Rovers manager John Ward was understandably delighted with the first of what he hopes will be back-to-back home victories.

He said: “Against a local rival in the top-8, looking at the play-offs it’s a really strong result and a strong performance. When they went 2-1 you get a bit anxious, and with ten minutes to go I’m thinking ‘we’re going to have to be strong here’. But, not only were we strong, we came back into the game and found another goal.

“There are a lot of positives to take out of the game but we can’t enjoy the victory as focus moves straight to training today and it starts all over again for a Tuesday night game. It’ll get lost if we don’t follow it up with another strong performance.”

Similar to Rovers, Tuesday’s opponents Accrington have lost only a handful of games since the reverse fixture in October.

That game resulted in Ward’s second defeat in as many games against Accrington, a sign players and fans alike should take as a warning against complacency.

He said: “Anyone thinking this will be an easy game, we’ll report that (the two defeats) back to them straight away.

“We need to have the same attitude and approach as we did Saturday. It was a really atmospheric game, and atmospheric, I think, was the right word for the weather conditions.”

With the torrential rain, strong winds and hail stones falling on Saturday, Sunday’s Rugby match at the Memorial Stadium was cancelled, which pleased Ward.

He said: “With no lack of respect, the rugby lads don’t need a good surface to play on, but we do. If the weather comes in on Tuesday that’s given us a real good chance of getting the game on.

"It’s a tough game for us tomorrow. Big respect to Accrington, they’ve got big players like Odejayi at the front of the team and players that are doing well for them.

“So there’s no complacency on my part, and there shouldn’t be any if you’re a supporter or player.”

For the full interview visit Gas player later today.

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