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4 March 2014

Manager on the next run of games

After a day off yesterday, John Ward and his side were back in this morning and ready to prepare for the next run of games.

First up is in form Plymouth, who visit the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The manager said: “Every game recently seems to be the team in form, now we have a team that is top of the form table, with a lot of goals to boot.

“It is a big game for us, but we have responded well to those games, and when we look at it we will see that we are in good form too.

“They have sold out the away end, and I think the home supporters will come out in good numbers too – they always respond when someone is coming with big numbers to play against us, and it creates a really good atmosphere on the day.

“We are confident enough in our home form, but we are going to get tested by a good Plymouth team.

“They have scored an average of three goals a game in their last five or six matches, and we haven’t been able to find that.

“We have probably not scored enough goals all season, but we have toughened up in other areas.”

And Rovers are now able to start looking up the table a bit more after putting a bit of breathing space between us and the bottom two.

John said: “We were in that bottom three for a while, which is uncomfortable, but we have managed to keep out of the danger area and now we have picked up and we are looking at who we can catch if we win.

“We are very positive within this club. We are sensible enough to know that we have to maintain this form, but at the same time if we can improve it, then we can start to catch one or two of the clubs that are in front of us.

“We have a good opportunity to stay strong with three out of the next four games at home.”

And the manager also gave us an update on the injury situation.

He said: “Matt Harrold trained yesterday and he is training with the group again this morning.

“It is just a question of getting him through this next period of games without any further problems. We will see if we can get him close to the team this week, and if so, that is another good player to have around us.

“Fabian Broghammer is up at Burton this weekend at the FA centre, and he is now working on an individual basis up there.

“They will let us know where he is, and hopefully by the end of March we can be having a conversation saying that we might just have him back around the squad for the last few games. We want to do that, and he wants to that.

“Alan Gow needs ten days off the ankle as it is quite swollen and then he will see the specialist again in a week and we will get back working with him again.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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