Ward proud after late leveller
John Ward was a happy manager after Bristol Rovers earned a deserved point with an 86th-minute equaliser at Mansfield.
Rovers had dominated the game but trailed to Lee Stevenson's 22nd minute header.
However, they plugged away and substitute Alefe Santos grabbed his first goal for the Pirates as his low shot went in off the outstretched leg of Keiran Murtagh just when home goalkeeper Alan Marriott looked to have it covered.
"I am extremely pleased and never less than proud of my players, they worked extremely hard as they always do," said Ward
"We full deserved to get something out of it, we deserved to win it. We have just got to work harder to win it when we are on top.
"There was a bit more noise from the home dressing room at the end than from ours which tells you more about the game than I can say.
"They were more disappointed than us. "We passed the ball well and moved the ball well which we are sometimes accused of not doing.
"We started off really well against a team who have started the season on fire. For their goal Steve (Mildenhall) shouted 'mine' but didn't claim it.
"Their guy has nipped in and it was a good header from their point of view.
"Then we had got it all to do. But we stayed positive to the end instead of getting edgy. The Mansfield supporters knew we deserved a point.
"One of them shouted 'well done' to me at the end which must have hurt him and says more than me bragging about my team.
"That was as young a back four that Bristol Rovers have ever fielded so great credit to them. I hope I can get them a bit of support but we are still stuck with this wage cap."