Ward relieved to advance in cup

John Ward: Happy to stay in the FA Cup

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John Ward was a relieved man after Bristol Rovers survived a late scare to beat York 3-2 in an FA Cup first-round replay.

Goals from John-Joe O'Toole, Oliver Norburn and Chris Beardsley looked to have given Rovers an easy passage through before a late brace from Wes Fletcher set up a tense finale.

Despite late pressure from the hosts, the Pirates managed to hold on to their lead and Ward was pleased with the performance on the whole.

He said: "I was worried and the way York came back into the game it puts you on edge and it gets your nerves a little bit. It's another test for this young group of players and they've come through it strong as I've seen teams falter and fall apart.

"They'll be disappointed to have conceded two but I'm thinking that's not bad because I've seen another side to them. They played brilliantly for a major part of the game and they've had to dig in at the end and get the result that we came for. It's a fantastic result and a really good effort.

"Everybody says 2-0 is a dangerous thing but I think it's a great thing and 3-0 tightens it up for you. Three goals away from home should be enough to get you a result and in the end it has."