Bristol Rovers boss John Ward delighted after Oliver Norburn grabs late equaliser at Cheltenham
John Ward watched Oliver Norburn's sensational 30-yard stoppage-time strike earn Bristol Rovers a point at promotion-chasing Cheltenham Town tonight and then said: "We fully deserved it."
Cheltenham looked almost certain to claim three hard-earned points after Shaun Harrad had given them a slender advantage in first-half stoppage time.
Norburn, however, grabbed an equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game to extend Rovers' recent unbeaten run to four games and Ward said: "I don't think we deserved to lose the game.
"We were positive in our approach against a team that I think are going to get automatic promotion.
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"They are very strong and they have recruited very well in January so for us to come here and get a point is a great result.
"To get it in the way we did with a last-minute equaliser was just superb. We have a sign in the dressing room that says: Winners don't give in. This group of players certainly doesn't because we had conceded a goal at a bad time.
"It was a challenge for the boys and I told them to go out and face up to it. We changed things around in a positive way after the break and we were rewarded for that by getting something out of the match."
On Norburn, Ward added: "He's got that sort of thing in his locker. It's a goal that would grace any football game at any level. Somebody just said to me that if Cheltenham had two goalkeepers they wouldn't have kept it out.
"It was such a great goal and a great way to get a point and the lads didn't want to leave the pitch at the end."
Rovers remain 19th place in League Two - but are now just five points shy of York City as they bid to move out of the bottom six.
"We've had to play a different way in every game but the tactical bits I have introduced have been taken on board by the players," said Ward.
"We'll have the day off on Wednesday, but it will back to the work to prepare for another very difficult game at Oxford on Saturday."
Rovers brought a large travelling contingent of almost 1,500 supporters and Ward added: "This was a big game for us because it was relatively local and we knew we were bringing a big following.
"They were in superb voice tonight and provoked the Cheltenham fans into a bit of a sing-song because they are usually pretty quiet. It made for a superb atmosphere and it was a cracking game of football.
"It was great to celebrate with fans at the end. Those fans bought tickets for this game a few weeks ago and I'm delighted that we've sent them away with a hard-earned point."