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John Ward only looking as far ahead as Dagenham & Redbridge after watching Bristol Rovers extend unbeaten run to six games

By JamesMcNamara  |  Posted: March 09, 2014


Kaid Mohamed celebrates after scoring the winning goal. Picture: Neil Brookman/Pinnacle

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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.”

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  • Rovers1990  |  March 10 2014, 8:50AM

    What a win for the Gas, completely dominated Plymouth on the wings. O-Toole is our best player without a doubt. Thought Mohammed looked a bit lazy at times but when he gets going he is class. Come on Rovers! Keep pushing!! IREEEENE GOODNIGHT!!

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  • Roversteve  |  March 09 2014, 9:58PM

    The website spammed by the muppett below is full of viruses so click on it at your peril.The Bristol Post are onto it!

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  • TonyIreland  |  March 09 2014, 6:19PM

    Hong Kong Gas has the right attitude ! But well done lads... now let's see if you can keep it up - literally !! ANCIENT PIRATE

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  • Palmdale_Gas  |  March 09 2014, 10:52AM

    I thought the Burton game was our best home performance so far this season but yesterday against Plymouth was much better again and we went up another gear. We are now only 8 points behind out of form 7th placed Southend and have a game in hand plus we still have to play them at home. In our last 12 matches we only face 4 of the top 10 & 8 of the bottom 14 so onwards & upwards just like 2007 all over again !

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  • chinesegas  |  March 09 2014, 9:36AM

    yeah were starting to look like a proper team now !

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  • Alpin  |  March 09 2014, 8:28AM

    After the season we have had I am glad that we are starting to pull away from the relegation zone. I am looking forward to making the play offs next season. Be there Tuesday.

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  • chinesegas  |  March 09 2014, 5:07AM

    yes well done to the team , great result , hope we can get the same on Tuesday ,it will make everything interesting coming into Easter .

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  • HongKongGas  |  March 09 2014, 4:27AM

    Great result! They may have been the in form team before but it is the Gas who are the real in form team :). Though before we talk play-offs let's remember if the gas had lost yesterday we would have been 22nd this morning....not 14th....so let's build on our momentum and take each game as it comes. uTG.

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  • Mike_Hope  |  March 08 2014, 11:14PM

    I don't know why people are talking the play offs down. Anyone from third from bottom up has a real chance of making them.

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  • franknebula  |  March 08 2014, 9:07PM

    Well said John, keeping the feet on the ground and going about the business quietly and let the supporters enjoy the results best game of the season so far, BRILLIANT SAVE at the end worth a place in the playoffs !!

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