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WARD ON FA CUP DRAW

5 January 2014

Manager remains focussed on Crawley

John Ward will be focussing on Wednesday’s return to Crawley and not thinking about a potential fourth round tie against Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Rovers were in the draw for round four this afternoon, but they will need to overcome both Crawley and Birmingham if they are to face United or Swansea at home.

Of the three sides, the manager believes his team are the least likely to face one of the Premier League clubs, but he says his side will do what they can to make the least likely possible.

He said: “All talk of Manchester United is hypothetical at the moment, we need to concentrate on our next game against Crawley.

“Of the three clubs, we are the least likely to get through to that game, as we are the lowest placed, and we would be away from home in both ties.

“Obviously it would be nice if we could get there, but that if is in massive capital letters, as we have everything to do first. But we will do what we can to make the least likely, the most likely”

Rovers travel to Crawley on Wednesday, weather permitting.

John said: “I cannot do anything about the weather, and I have long since given up worrying about things I cannot control.

“We will prepare in training tomorrow and Tuesday, and hope the game is on. If it is not, then we prepare for Exeter on Saturday.

“Everyone was hoping to play on Saturday, and they will all be hoping to play again on Wednesday.

“At the moment we have a good selection of players fit and available, with a few more due back over the next few weeks.”

Rovers and Crawley drew 0-0 at the Memorial Stadium on December 7th, but the replay on December 18th was abandoned on 74 minutes due to torrential rain and a water-logged pitch.

The replay of the replay was then called off yesterday because of the continued bad weather, and will now be played on Wednesday, January 8th.

The winner of that game will take on Birmingham at St Andrews the following week. 


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