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JOHN WARD - WE PLAYED GOOD FOOTBALL

8 March 2014

Manager on victory over Plymouth

John Ward was delighted to see his team pick up three points against another in form team at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.

Rovers played some good attacking football, and sent Plymouth Argyle home empty handed.

The manager said: “We tried extremely hard to win the game and went on the front foot as often as we could.

“We were up against the best team in the league at the moment, so we had to be in good form ourselves, and we were.

“We played some good football, and I have to be really, really pleased with that.

“We were level at half time, so we had 45 minutes to win the game, and we pressed very strongly in the second half and did that.”

The win takes Rovers up to 14th place in the league, although the manager was disappointed not to see his team in the top half.

He said: “I am aware of where we are, and in some ways there is disappointment that we were not on the first page of the table.

“But we are getting better and improving, and with that comes some confidence.

“There is a real fitness amongst the team, and if you are physically fit, you are mentally fit as well.

“They are good workers on the training ground, and will cope with another game on Tuesday.

“We have got a stronger squad now – when you look at the bench I can bring an international on in Seanan Clucas.

“Matt Harrold came on and made a big difference, so there is a strength and a confidence about the group now.”

The manager had praise for the two youngsters in the heart of the midfield.

“Ollie Clarke and Tom Lockyer in midfield are two of my youngest boys and they have both been exceptionally strong.

“There is a huge weight on their shoulders, but they are both men and not young boys, and they are extremely important to us. “

And he was delighted for his two goal scorers.

“Kaid Mohamed works really hard and we have put him on the right hand side, which he seems to be more comfortable with.

“We encourage him to move the team up the pitch and he got a lovely reward today. He is a difficult player to stop when he is going forward.

“We were unbeaten in the previous five, and Chris has played in the previous five, so it would have been wrong of me to put him on the bench. 

“Chris will see he has competition, but he tries hard every day, every game and every week.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player later.


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