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Rovers success was no shock to Ward
BRISTOL Rovers boss John Ward was not surprised that his side ended their two-month wait for a victory.
John-Joe O’Toole’s penalty gave the Pirates a welcome win over Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.
And Ward said that although people thought the game was a home banker with Oxford top and Rovers struggling, he didn’t.
“That we have managed to get a win does not surprise me because I have felt that it has been coming for a while and I knew it wouldn’t be too long before it would happen,” Ward said.
“I think we have fully deserved it.
“I’m really pleased for the players and supporters.
“They (the fans) have stuck with us and this result will be a big boost for my young players, too.
“To play away against a team at the top of the league represented a big challenge for them and they have come through it with flying colours.”
He added: “The spirit in the camp has never been in doubt.
“Sometimes we haven’t played as well as we’d have liked or have been a bit up and down, but that is what you have to accept when you are working with a lot of young players.
“I know the boys are capable and maybe performances like this one will make them believe it, too.
“It is a good result for a lot of reasons.”
Victory lifted Rovers to 20th in the Sky Bet League Two table, but they are just three points above the relegation zone.
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