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John Ward played down Bristol Rovers' 2-1 FA Cup victory at Crawley and insisted a win over Exeter on Saturday was more important.

Rovers earned a third-round tie at Birmingham by coming from behind to sink the League One team at the Broadfield Stadium on Wednesday night.

Striker Jamie Proctor headed in Crawley in front in the 14th minute but Elliot Richards levelled after 83 minutes, before John-Joe O'Toole hit a dramatic winner for Rovers in the first minute of added time.

It was the third time the teams had met in the second-round replay after the abandonment of the previous match, following an initial stalemate.

Ward said: "We stood strong on all three occasions.

"Our work rate and the strength of the team in the second half was very good and we had a right good go.

"Birmingham will be a lovely place to play but we hope the pitch will not be as heavy as at Crawley.

"As satisfying as this result is for us, it is far more important to get three points against Exeter on Saturday.

"We need the three points - it's more important in my football book. We need to play well and win on Saturday."

The pitch at the Broadfield Stadium was soggy again and the tie went ahead in more rain.

Ward admitted: "It was not a night for fancy football.

"We had to play through the conditions and all in all it was a good effort.

"We threatened their goal a lot more in the second half, generally doing a lot better, and now we hope we can do well at Birmingham next week as underdogs again."