Bristol Rovers boss John Ward is looking no further ahead than a game against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night after watching his side extend their recent unbeaten run to six games at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
Goals from Chris Beardsley and Kaid Mohamed saw Rovers claim a 2-1 success over an in-form Plymouth Argyle to leave move Ward and his side up to their highest league position since August.
Rovers ended the afternoon in 14th place in League Two – eight points behind the top seven – and when asked how he felt about people speculating about a late charge for the play-offs, Ward replied: “The fans deserve to do that.”
He added: “I had a little bit of excitement after the game myself, but I’ve calmed down a bit now. What could happen if we win this game or that game are great topics to discuss in the pub or if they are out to dinner on Saturday night.
“I’m sure that that our supporters will have a good night and a good weekend, but for the players it is all about our recovery ahead of another game to come quickly here again on Tuesday night.
“We will try very hard for our supporters and for everybody else connected with the football club, but we won’t get involved in talking about things like that too much for the time being.
“I am very much aware of where we are in the league and now we have to push on again. There is a slight bit of disappointment that we weren’t in the top-half-of-the-table at the end of the game, but we are where we are and we are getting a little bit better and stronger with each week that goes by.”
When analysing the performance, Ward added: “We tried extremely hard to win the game. We were on the front foot for long periods against the best team in the league on current form.
“We had to be in good form ourselves and we were. We played some good football and I have to be really pleased with that considering we recently beat Burton Albion here and have also done well in a couple of really tough away fixtures.
“We have got better and our squad looks a lot stronger now. There is a strength and confidence about the group and we have to progress with that for as long as we possibly can.”