manager on tomorrow night's game
John Ward will be using the defeat to Accrington Stanley back in January to remind his players not to take anything for granted tomorrow night.
Rovers lost 1-0 to Accrington following a fantastic victory over Newport, and the manager will be encouraging his team not to make the same mistakes when Dagenham visit the Memorial Stadium tomorrow.
He said: “I will remind my players of playing Accrington Stanley after beating Newport.
“We played pretty well that night, but only had a couple of shots on target – the quality was missing and we lost the game 1-0.
“If we had drawn that game we would be one point better off, and two places higher in the division – it is that important.
“We should have accepted it was going to be a point, but we didn’t and we went gung-ho and paid a big price for that.
“The lesson is, if you cannot win it, then don’t lose it. There was a massive disappointment at the end of the game for the supporters, players and everyone at Bristol Rovers.”
The manager has a lot of respect for Dagenham, and will be warning his team not to underestimate them tomorrow.
He said: “Dagenham have got 10 positive results away from home, they are a good side and we will respect that.
“We know we will have supporters turning up tomorrow now expecting us to beat Dagenham, which is fine, but we have to make sure we know how to do that, and not just expect it to happen.
“We will probably be favourites tomorrow, when perhaps on Saturday we weren’t.
“We have got to cope with these things and try and make sure we continue with what we have been doing well. We have to maintain our level of performance and get the mindset right.”
And the manager is full of praise for the supporters who have backed his team despite the difficult start to the season.
He said: “The supporters have been great. We have been in the bottom three for a part of the season, and they have been behind the team and not allowed their frustrations and annoyance to creep on to the pitch too often at all.
“They have played a massive part in helping the team to improve and step up.
“The atmosphere on Saturday was brilliant, and walking off the pitch at the end was one of the best feelings ever.
“The next 12 games are really important to us, but the future of the club looks bright, and there is quite a buzz about the place.”
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