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17 March 2014

Manager on Saturday's defeat

John Ward will not dwell on Saturday’s poor performance against Hartlepool United.

The manager will learn lessons from the 4-0 defeat, but he knows he has to get his side up and ready for the next game against Southend on Friday night.

He said: “We will talk about Saturday, but not extensively. You look back for knowledge and not for criticism.

“If you ignore what happened nobody will progress, so we will look at all the bits and pieces.

“A week ago we were sat here saying how well everyone had done against Plymouth, and two games later we are discussing a different side of the game.

“We have got to press on knowing there is another opportunity coming up pretty quickly.

“We have got to pick ourselves up and try and put things right and push ahead for the next match. I am old enough now to look at myself first and ask if I got it right.”

The manager was not pleased with the manner of the defeat on Saturday, and knows that as the leader of the team he has an important job to do this week.

He said: “I didn’t like the manner of the defeat on Saturday, it was a bit timid from our point of view and we lost a bit of leadership around the team.

“We have all got to improve, and I am the leader of it all and I have to show that leadership for the rest of this week.

“Saturday was not an acceptable one, and we have to get better than that.”

And when asked about the changes he made to the side he said: “The changes I made were to try and liven things up a bit, but it didn’t work; the other team were livelier than us, and I take my responsibility for that.

“The players I put in there are all pretty good players, but that is something I will look at. I will take that responsibility, because it is my team selection.

“We had a day where it was hard to pick a man of the match for Bristol Rovers. A week ago against Plymouth it was hard to find one who didn’t play well.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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