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WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM A TOUGH AFTERNOON

30 January 2014

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward is hoping his side can take the positives from Tuesday night’s game against Accrington into Saturday’s trip to league leaders Chesterfield.

Although Rovers lost to Accrington, thanks to a late goal from the visitors, they created plenty of chances, and the manager hopes if they can play like that again they will be able to convert a couple.

He said: “We have had over 20 attempts at goal, they have been wayward and a little bit erratic, but we have got in positions to do that.

“I am disappointed we didn’t tuck the chances away, as we do a lot of work on that. I am disappointed we haven’t been a bit better at the front end of the pitch, but the attitude, effort and way we have gone about it has been very, very good.

“Now I have to say to the lads ‘if we play like that on Saturday, there is a good chance we can win the game.’

“Obviously against the league leaders it is going to be tough, but our approach to the game has to be exactly the same as it was on Tuesday.

“Thursday and Friday we need to pick the mood up, keep the positive nature and take it to the league leaders.”

And the manager believes that consistency has helped put Chesterfield at the top of the league.

He said: “Chesterfield are top of the league because they are the best team in the league.

“We are a long way off them in points total, and they are a long way off us because of consistency.

“We can take encouragement from the fact we went to Oxford when they were top of the league, and managed to win 1-0 in a good strong performance.

“If we can take the good points from Tuesday into the game against the league leaders this weekend, we will see if we can give them a tough game.

“It wont be easy, our mood has got to be right, and we have got to create one or two opportunities and put them away.

“We have to work hard and see if we can give the league leaders a tough afternoon.”

John confirmed that Bristol Rovers will not be rushing to make any loan signings, with the loan window closing for just one week.

He said: “Transfer deadline day is not really relevant unless you are doing a permanent deal, and that is not going to happen with us.

“We know the window closes for a week, and then it opens again, so the loan situation is still available to us, and it is not something I am going to rush into.

“If I do have the option of bringing a player in, I have to get it right. I think I got it right with Kaid, and we had to be patient with him.

“If I can do that again for another player, then it is going to be worth it. We monitor players, and I have a list of players on my desk.

“The staff have been out this week watching other games and other players, as they do most weeks, so it is an ongoing situation.”

In terms of team news, Eliot Richards could be a doubt for the weekend, and Danny Woodards is likely to miss out.

John said: “We have a problem with Eliot as his hamstring has tightened up on him again.

“We are going to have to have a good look at him; he has been having treatment ever since the game on Tuesday.

“Danny is struggling a little bit, it is another hamstring situation, so we have to be very careful with him, and I don’t think he will be in the squad this weekend.

“Seanan Clucas is going out to test himself to get back in to training and get going again. We have got a game next week for him, and then he can be back in with the group.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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