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Howarth: Standard Has Been Set

28 December 2012

Neil Howarth is looking for another big performance this weekend with Bristol Rovers coming to town.

Neil Howarth speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's clash with Bristol Rovers:

"We want to come off the back of a good win with another and we must give the players credit to respond in the way they did. We've had a good home record this season and the last two performances at home (Port Vale & Wycombe) have been two of our better ones and they have set their standards. We can't always perform to that standard but they can certainly do the things they need to get that kind of performance. They have shown what they can and we want to keep that going.

"It's about trying to manage the players so you get the performances you want. As long as you don't get carried away with a bad one or even a good one. Everyone who started, came on and even the subs that didn't get on deserve to be in contention and it now looks like we have a strong fresh squad. Whatever team we pick to play Bristol Rovers will have the freshness without changing the quality.

"Sido (Jombati) is fine but he was feeling a little sore through the second half against Wycombe. I've spoken to Weso and there is no issue. We were in a good position in the game and we were looking to get Keith on anyway. If you're putting Keith into the team then that's certainly not weakening the side. Everyone looks fresh and everyone is eager to get into the team.

"John (Ward) had a good record here and, although I've never worked under him, I have met him a few times and he seems like a great chap. Bristol Rovers will probably regroup and they caertainly won't be near the bottom of the table come the end of the season. They have a lot of quality in the side and they now have someone in charge who will bring the best out of those players. We had them watched against Aldershot and of course we still have staff here that worked with John in the past but whatever team he sets up, it will be difficult.

"Local derbies make for fantastic occasions and I used to love playing in them. I love being part of the coaching staff for this kind of game and I love this time of year because it's brilliant for football and I do expect another good game."

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