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1 January 2014

Manager on today's match being called off

John Ward says he has no complaints about the decision to call off today’s game against Cheltenham Town at the Memorial Stadium.

The match was called off early this morning by referee Iain Williamson, because of a waterlogged pitch.

There were standing areas of water on the surface, and with bad weather expected for the rest of the day, the decision was made to call the game off early.

The manager said: “We had the early warning signs of it yesterday, and it is an extremely wet pitch. With more bad weather expected we cannot complain about the decision.”

Rovers will now have two postponed league games to make up, with Saturday’s game against Scunthorpe moved due to the FA Cup replay.

John said: “It is a pity because we now don’t have a league game on Saturday either, because of the FA Cup replay, so it is going to put us a couple of games behind people.

“The Scunthorpe game has been put back to late February, which is fine, it gives one or two people the chance to get fit, and if it goes in our favour, we will try and take advantage of that.

“It is a shame, because today was a home game, and would have been a big crowd and a local derby, but these are things I cannot control.”

Now the team will be back in tomorrow to begin preparations for Saturday’s FA Cup match against Crawley.

John said: “The FA Cup now becomes the next priority. We regroup tomorrow morning, we then have two days to get ready for that, and then we are off to Crawley to see if we can get in the next round of the cup.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player later today.

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