Football - Ward not losing sleep over hard-working Rovers

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward says he can sleep easy after his struggling side gave everything in the defeat to leaders Gillingham.

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A match of few chances was won by brilliant first-half goals from Chris Whelpdale and Deon Burton but Rovers showed plenty of commitment even though they were restricted to just a few sights of goals.

Ward said: "I have no complaints. Gillingham had the edge on experience and it showed.

"But I can sleep well because my team gave everything. We are a young group and I have told the lads not to worry because if they continue to perform like that we will be okay.

"I am still looking to add new players and a striker is the priority. But we have a wage budget to consider.

"It isn't easy, but I have promised the supporters I will give everything to the job and that will also apply to the players over the months ahead."

Rovers were unlucky not to score when midfielder John-Joe O'Toole's first-half shot hit the inside of a post, the ball bouncing along the goalline before going out of play.

But it was one of few moments of anxiety for a Gills defence in which Leon Legge and former Rovers player Adam Barrett excelled.

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