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JOHN WARD ON TWO IN FORM TEAMS

6 March 2014

Manager on Saturday's game

Saturday will see two in form teams come up against each other as Plymouth Argyle visit the Memorial Stadium.

The Pilgrims have won their last three games, and are scoring goals for fun, but Rovers have also proved they can take on the top teams in the division.

Manager John Ward said: “It is really tight, Portsmouth got a draw on Monday night and moved up three or four places, that is how much a point can help you.

“We are still right in there, and we keep coming up against teams in really good form.

“We have another one on Saturday, Plymouth have had a fantastic run of games and results. We are ready for those types of games.

“Saturday will be a tough one, but our home form is good. I am expecting a good attendance, and if we can add a good performance to that, it could be a good day for us.

“We know we are in for a test, but I would like to think that John Sheridan will know that his team are in for a test as well.

“We have responded well to good form teams coming up against us, and we have to do that again.

“If we slip below that at the weekend, we run the risk of being punished, but Plymouth are probably thinking the same.

“The players are setting a pretty high standard, and they have to work hard to try and maintain that.

"I want to aim as high as we can get. I want to look ahead and see who we can catch. You only look back for experience and knowledge to use for the future."

The manager will have no new injury worries ahead of Saturday’s game.

He said: “We have got Matt Harrold training all this week, which is good, and we have Seanan Clucas back from Northern Ireland duty, so we are getting ready to go for the weekend and another busy week.

“We have a pretty much full squad, apart from those long term injuries, and that is pleasing for me as a manager.

“The bench is looking stronger and it gives me stronger options if I need to use them.”

And although the manager is already starting to plan for the summer and next season, his immediate plans revolve around winning the next set of games.

He said: “I am already looking at what we need to do for the close season and pre-season to build for next year.

“Everyone has plans, but we have to make sure that our immediate plans are to win at the weekend and then the next plan is to try and win on Tuesday.

“I have to find time as a manager to fit all those things in, but the players just have to get on with their job.

“We are aware of where we are with contracts, and I am doing that with the chairman – but at the moment that is not for public consumption.”

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