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WARD ON GOALLESS DRAW

1 March 2014

Manger on extending unbeaten run


Rovers boss John Ward described the first half of this afternoon’s game against Northampton as dull.

However, he was pleased that the second half proved to be much better and was delighted to see his side extend their unbeaten run to five with a point from a goalless draw.

“It was an entertaining second half, though I wouldn’t have said the same about the first half which, in my opinion, was a dull affair with both teams trying to get the game going but not quite able to.

“It opened up a bit in the second period because both teams were trying to win it and I think that’s key to what happened. In the first half it appeared that both sides were afraid of conceding the first goal.

“It’s been a big week for us in that we have just played three of the form teams in our League, two of them away from home, so I have to be satisfied with an unbeaten record and a few more points on the board.

“It was a good afternoon for us because those games have all been extremely hard.”

Both sides had chances to win the game in the second half.

“Whether or not a draw was the right result today is difficult to say. Their goalkeeper made an outstanding save on the line from David Clarkson and then Tom Parkes’ header from the corner looked as though it 
was going in before it was headed off the line.”

There was praise for his goalkeeper and his back four.

“They have played together all season and they are very strong, very solid, and extremely protective of their goals against record, which rates highly in this division.

“Just one goal conceded this week speaks volumes for the way they have been performing.’

He did, though, feel that his goalkeeper had no need to be involved in the incident that earned him a yellow card.

“It was a bit silly of him, because another referee might have made a different decision and Steve is old enough to know better.

“Although I have criticised him for that incident, he did well with an excellent double save in the second half to keep us in the game, but I was just pleased he was still there to be able to do it.”


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