DARREN Ward has confirmed that Swindon Town are looking at the possibility of brining new faces in on loan although no new signings are immediately imminent.
Ward and Tommy Miller took caretaker charge of the club last week following the departure of Paolo Di Canio as manager and have quickly had to manipulate a squad depleted by injuries to Joe Devera, Miles Storey, Troy Archibald-Henville and Simon Ferry.
Devera is not quite fit enough to feature against Bury tonight with his hamstring problem while Ferry is a doubt with a combination of an ankle knock and toothache meaning the Robins could struggle to name a full substitutes’ bench once again.
Ward admitted he and Miller will have to think about making signings shortly, but at the moment the pair are happy to work with what they have at their disposal.
“We’ve thought about it, we’ve looked at it and if we hadn’t then we’d be kidding ourselves because that is a possible issue,” he said. “We’ve looked at the situation, we’re going to prepare for the game as normal and then go from there.
“It’s something we have to talk about. What we’ve tried to do is deal with what we’ve got to do at the minute because that’s what we feel is right to do on many levels, one being that we want to keep it as normal as possible.
“We have high standards here and that is what we’re trying to get across to the players - to try to continue the hard work and the standards we’ve set to put us in the position we’re in now. We’ve worked out socks of A win for Swindon tonight could take them top of the League One table and Ward wants his players to stand up to the test of character - the first of 13 they are set to face between now and the end of the campaign.
“It is a very important game, every game is important now, there’s 13 to go, we’re playing at home, they lost their last game, the pressure is on but that’s what you’ve got to deal with in football,” he said.
“If you’re scared of dealing with pressure and tricky situations at times then walk away.”
Finally, the defender revealed he and Miller have been receiving a little parental guidance during their early days as managers.
When asked who he was leaning on for support, Ward said: “My dad is quite a good one. He’s always full of ideas. We’ve had a lot of support from many angles and we’ve got a lot of good people around us.
“Tommy’s dad is involved in football and everyone has helped support the effort to get the results we want to get on the pitch.”