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WARD - THE SUPPORTERS ARE KEY

27 March 2014

Manager on Saturday's game

John Ward knows the supporters will have a massive part to play in helping Rovers move away from the wrong end of the table.

The manager wants to see everyone involved with the football club pulling together and uniting ahead of Saturday’s game at the Mem.

He said: “We have to be buoyant and we have to be up, and we have a home crowd that are extremely supportive of us.

“They are very strong in terms of supporting the team when things are a bit tough. They come in their numbers, and I am hoping that will happen on Saturday. I want that to happen on Saturday.

“I want the team and the supporters to be strong together, because that is the way this football club has always been seen in my eyes.

“It is not about me or the players, it is about this football club, and it is a very strong football club – particularly when backs are against the wall a little bit.

“We are not right out of the picture, we have a home game, where our form has been very strong in recent times.

“There is every reason to be up for the game, every reason to be coming to the game, and every reason to be ready to play properly for this football club.

“The supporters are vital, they are probably the key. It is up to the team to set the tone and prepare as well as we can, and if the supporters put their colours on and get behind the team, then pulling together this football club has achieved many things in the past and they will achieve many things in the future.”

Morecambe have had a mixed season, but the manager knows his team will have to be up to their best to get three points on Saturday.

He said: “Morecambe have had one or two wobbles along the way, but they were pretty tough to beat against Chesterfield.

“We have to play well to beat them this weekend, and we can do that with the support of everyone coming into the ground.

“They played well in the week, but they have also conceded some goals on their travels as well. They are tough, but it is a tough league, and anybody can beat anybody. 

”With the team playing well and showing the enthusiasm they will show, and the supporters showing their enthusiasm, together we can be a force for everybody.

“There will be people out there who make mistakes, but if they do them honestly and openly, the supporters of this club get behind the team.

“They recognise that the team is trying hard and working hard and trying to be successful for it.

“Our success at the moment is to try and get enough points to be playing league football next year – I am not hiding from that.

“We have to make sure we are not in the bottom couple at the end of the season, and that starts this weekend.

“We cannot do anything about Bury on Tuesday until we beat Morecambe this weekend. “

And the manager has just one new injury worry ahead of the game.

He said: “Matt Harrold has picked up a cut on the top of his foot, in a bad place, so we will have to see how that responds.

“He is the only injury worry, which is a good sign. Sometimes when you are in adversity you get a few more injuries than you think is right.

“But that is not the case here, I have got everybody wanting to be up and out there.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player


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