That was our best result, says Bristol Rovers boss John Ward after victory over Exeter City
Bristol Rovers boss John Ward says the victory over promotion-chasing Exeter City at the Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night was the best result he has had since arriving in December.
Ward watched goals from Oliver Norburn and Lee Brown give his side a 2-0 success over an Exeter City team that had won four of their last five games.
Rovers leapfrogged Rochdale and Dagenham & Redbridge to move up to 15th in League Two and Ward said: “I think that was our best result since I have been here considering where we have come from.
“We’ve played a team that are at the top of their form at this moment in time, so it was definitely a fantastic victory for us.
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“We were resolute and organised and we were never fazed at times when Exeter had a lot of the ball. It is possible to win games when you have a low percentage in terms of possession of the ball and we’ve probably done that in this game.
“We defended well as a unit and we stopped Exeter playing, so I was really pleased with the discipline, attitude and application that the players showed throughout the whole 90 minutes.
“We’ve moved up two places in the league, which is great, and I’m really pleased with the way our players are approaching every game.”
Norburn’s opening goal in the 23rd minute, however, had a stroke of good fortune about it after Exeter goalkeeper Artur Krysiak let the speculative effort from distance go through his legs.
Brown’s 87th minute strike from all of 25 yards, however, was emphatically dispatched and Ward said: “Ollie was a bit fortunate, but if you don’t shoot, you don’t score.
“We didn’t want people to say we’d won by a lucky goal so it was nice to see Lee’s strike go in.”
Rovers moved to within five points of the 50-point mark generally considered as the threshold after which any relegation fears can be finally banished, but Ward said: “I’ve never mentioned 50 points or any other target.
“Nobody is getting carried away with it. We are very respectful and hard-working and we will be back into work on Thursday morning preparing for the next game.
“We are playing with a lot of confidence and we’ll just try and keep it going for as long as we can.”