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McChrystal knows that Rovers have work to do

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

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Defender Mark McChrystal has said that an improving Bristol Rovers still have a massive challenge ahead of them if they are to remain in the Football League.

Rovers have improved following John Ward's arrival and have claimed seven points from the new manager's four games in charge.

The Pirates produced their best performance of the season to beat Fleetwood Town 3-0 on their own patch last weekend, despite fielding a side decimated by injury.

Ward's side, however, remain bottom of npower League Two following mid-season revivals for relegation-threatened Barnet and AFC Wimbledon, and McChrystal is under no illusions that the task is still a difficult one.

The recent recruit said: "It is a bit disappointing when you get a great win and then you come in at the end and hear that all of the other teams around you also won their games.

"It just goes to show that you can only look after your own games. Eventually, other teams will drop points, so we have to make sure we maintain some sort of form to capitalise when they do.

"Myself and the others players that the new manager brought in were well aware of the situation the club was in when we were offered deals.

"The next 20 games or so is going to be a challenge, there's no doubt about that, but it's one I'm up for.

"Some people might not have fancied it, but the manager made it clear we had to fight for this cause if we came here.

"I also have to fight for my own future. I'm only on a short-term deal, so every game counts. I'm just focusing on helping to keep the club up and see what happens after that."

Rovers welcome Exeter City to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday. "They are another team up there and pushing for promotion," McChrystal said. "We can only try to go out and do a similar job to the one we did at Fleetwood, because that was a great win for us.

"Fleetwood are considered one the big-spenders in this league, so to go to their place and win in the way we did gives everybody that little bit of extra belief.

"We were disciplined and kept our shape and I can't really remember them giving us too much trouble at all," the former Tranmere Rovers defender concluded.

Yeovil Town's League One trip to Oldham Athletic has been rearranged for early next month.

The match, due to take place on January 26, was postponed due to the Latics' FA Cup fourth-round tie with Liverpool. The new date will see the Glovers travel to Boundary Park on Tuesday, February 5.

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