Ward left to scratch his head after Blades loss

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Darren Ward Darren Ward

“DISHEARTENED” Darren Ward was left scratching his head after captaining Swindon Town to a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

The Swindon skipper felt his side matched their opponents and he struggled to come up with a reason why they were unable to make an impression at the right end on the day.

“There was a bit of pressure, as would be expected by a side playing in a stadium like this, and unfortunately we’ve conceded,” he said.

“We felt a little disheartened from this, from not coming away with anything. We’ve got to bounce back and there’s plenty to work on. We’ve got a very young squad – I keep saying it because it is a factor.

“We’re getting there and it does take time. If we are going to push for a bit of a challenge then we are going to need to get it right quick. Today was a day when we walked off scratching our heads and trying to find a reason why we couldn’t beat these, or at least come away with a draw.

“We can’t dwell on it, we can’t keep moaning and groaning, we’ve got no choice.

“It’s a young side. When I was at the age of these players I had nowhere near the experience I have now. It takes a lot of hard work to get into good habits and a few wins would help as well – maybe not through the nicest of performances but a few wins.

“We have to work at it. We have to train hard, work hard, think about it, study it and take it on board. We’ve got a lot of work to do now.”

With a run of four games in 10 days coming up over the Christmas period, most 35-year-olds would be secretly hoping for a breather somewhere along the line but not Ward.

“I love it. I love playing football,” he said. “At one point I’d done a lap of the pitch – I found myself right wing, centre-forward, left wing, left-back and centre-half again. I realise that ‘wow, I’ve just done a lap of the pitch’.

“I feel good and a little different to some other players. My fitness seems to be getting better, which I’m not sad about, I’m very happy about at my age.”

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10:54am Mon 16 Dec 13

street2000 says...

I think Ward spends too much time scratching something else instead of getting on with the job in hand ! Very disappointing these days!
I think Ward spends too much time scratching something else instead of getting on with the job in hand ! Very disappointing these days! street2000

1:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

street2000 wrote:
I think Ward spends too much time scratching something else instead of getting on with the job in hand ! Very disappointing these days!
And drawing attention to the youth of the squad - unfortunately it's not just the young players who are making mistakes and giving away points... Not saying against Sheffield in particular but throughout the season. Generally speaking our defence looks to be the weakest aspect to our team and Mr Ward surely must take some responsibility for this as a near ever present at centre half?
[quote][p][bold]street2000[/bold] wrote: I think Ward spends too much time scratching something else instead of getting on with the job in hand ! Very disappointing these days![/p][/quote]And drawing attention to the youth of the squad - unfortunately it's not just the young players who are making mistakes and giving away points... Not saying against Sheffield in particular but throughout the season. Generally speaking our defence looks to be the weakest aspect to our team and Mr Ward surely must take some responsibility for this as a near ever present at centre half? Swindon1984

2:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ya mums got facial hair says...

It's the likes of you and hall why we are playing 4-6-0 because you are out of your depth
It's the likes of you and hall why we are playing 4-6-0 because you are out of your depth ya mums got facial hair

3:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

joey butler says...

I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone.

Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters.

If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage.

Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!!
I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!! joey butler

5:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

joey butler wrote:
I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!!
Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!![/p][/quote]Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died. Swindon1984

5:37pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mancrobin says...

Thought Wardy and Hall played pretty well. Main problem was that he was the only option for Fodders playing out of defence and was being closed down at double quick speed.
Thought Wardy and Hall played pretty well. Main problem was that he was the only option for Fodders playing out of defence and was being closed down at double quick speed. mancrobin

5:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

jayden says...

Ward scratch's his head and says "sorry Ollie" I mean Halley .
Ward scratch's his head and says "sorry Ollie" I mean Halley . jayden

7:03pm Mon 16 Dec 13

joey butler says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
joey butler wrote:
I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!!
Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.
1984,

Your comment is just as irrelevant as mine then, thanks for that!!

I sometimes wonder if your user name reflects the classic novel of the same name? Or is that irrelevant as well?
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!![/p][/quote]Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.[/p][/quote]1984, Your comment is just as irrelevant as mine then, thanks for that!! I sometimes wonder if your user name reflects the classic novel of the same name? Or is that irrelevant as well? joey butler

7:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

joey butler wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
joey butler wrote:
I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!!
Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.
1984,

Your comment is just as irrelevant as mine then, thanks for that!!

I sometimes wonder if your user name reflects the classic novel of the same name? Or is that irrelevant as well?
Yes, the 84 is nothing to do with the novel, so is also irrelevant.

We're in agreement then, you've stated the obvious, and I'm stating the obvious by pointing out how obvious the statement was.

Anyway back to the subject, I think Ward's received a lot of credit in the past, and the reason he's getting some stick currently is because it's deserved, he's not been anywhere near as effective this season as last unfortunately. If there was any competition at all for the centre half spots Ward could well find himself struggling to get in the side. As it is the defence picks itself as there's no competition for places.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!![/p][/quote]Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.[/p][/quote]1984, Your comment is just as irrelevant as mine then, thanks for that!! I sometimes wonder if your user name reflects the classic novel of the same name? Or is that irrelevant as well?[/p][/quote]Yes, the 84 is nothing to do with the novel, so is also irrelevant. We're in agreement then, you've stated the obvious, and I'm stating the obvious by pointing out how obvious the statement was. Anyway back to the subject, I think Ward's received a lot of credit in the past, and the reason he's getting some stick currently is because it's deserved, he's not been anywhere near as effective this season as last unfortunately. If there was any competition at all for the centre half spots Ward could well find himself struggling to get in the side. As it is the defence picks itself as there's no competition for places. Swindon1984

8:13pm Mon 16 Dec 13

joey butler says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
joey butler wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
joey butler wrote:
I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!!
Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.
1984,

Your comment is just as irrelevant as mine then, thanks for that!!

I sometimes wonder if your user name reflects the classic novel of the same name? Or is that irrelevant as well?
Yes, the 84 is nothing to do with the novel, so is also irrelevant.

We're in agreement then, you've stated the obvious, and I'm stating the obvious by pointing out how obvious the statement was.

Anyway back to the subject, I think Ward's received a lot of credit in the past, and the reason he's getting some stick currently is because it's deserved, he's not been anywhere near as effective this season as last unfortunately. If there was any competition at all for the centre half spots Ward could well find himself struggling to get in the side. As it is the defence picks itself as there's no competition for places.
1984,

Obviously, we have to agree to disagree about Ward, or is that irrelevant as well?

Perhaps we just call it quits?
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!![/p][/quote]Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.[/p][/quote]1984, Your comment is just as irrelevant as mine then, thanks for that!! I sometimes wonder if your user name reflects the classic novel of the same name? Or is that irrelevant as well?[/p][/quote]Yes, the 84 is nothing to do with the novel, so is also irrelevant. We're in agreement then, you've stated the obvious, and I'm stating the obvious by pointing out how obvious the statement was. Anyway back to the subject, I think Ward's received a lot of credit in the past, and the reason he's getting some stick currently is because it's deserved, he's not been anywhere near as effective this season as last unfortunately. If there was any competition at all for the centre half spots Ward could well find himself struggling to get in the side. As it is the defence picks itself as there's no competition for places.[/p][/quote]1984, Obviously, we have to agree to disagree about Ward, or is that irrelevant as well? Perhaps we just call it quits? joey butler

8:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Oi Den! says...

One word: Flint.

I'm sure I'll now be told how useless he is for Bristol City. Couldn't give a monkey's about that. Flint gave Ward the security of physical presence alongside him. If it was such "good business" to lose Flint, we should have replaced him.
One word: Flint. I'm sure I'll now be told how useless he is for Bristol City. Couldn't give a monkey's about that. Flint gave Ward the security of physical presence alongside him. If it was such "good business" to lose Flint, we should have replaced him. Oi Den!

10:05pm Mon 16 Dec 13

alchafreds says...

ward has been a liability all season those who attend see this week in week out
only a token jesture of a header on saturday from which they scored
ward has been a liability all season those who attend see this week in week out only a token jesture of a header on saturday from which they scored alchafreds

12:08pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

joey butler wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
joey butler wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
joey butler wrote: I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!!
Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.
1984, Your comment is just as irrelevant as mine then, thanks for that!! I sometimes wonder if your user name reflects the classic novel of the same name? Or is that irrelevant as well?
Yes, the 84 is nothing to do with the novel, so is also irrelevant. We're in agreement then, you've stated the obvious, and I'm stating the obvious by pointing out how obvious the statement was. Anyway back to the subject, I think Ward's received a lot of credit in the past, and the reason he's getting some stick currently is because it's deserved, he's not been anywhere near as effective this season as last unfortunately. If there was any competition at all for the centre half spots Ward could well find himself struggling to get in the side. As it is the defence picks itself as there's no competition for places.
1984, Obviously, we have to agree to disagree about Ward, or is that irrelevant as well? Perhaps we just call it quits?
I think that's a very sensible suggestion! We all see player's performances differently so no problem with agreeing to disagree.

What we can probably all agree on is notwithstanding our league position, we could probably do with strengthening in a few areas, and for me, the defence looks to be among our shakiest at times, having said that it's not just the defenders themselves who are at fault for this, and the way we play as a whole sometimes puts a lot of pressure on the backline.

This is one of the reasons I'm against a 4-6-0, strikers aren't just there to score goals, they also provide an outlet when we need to get the ball forward, and if they can hold it up, can provide great relief for the defence. Old adage, they can't score when the balls in their half, and us having a man or two up top would help keep the ball in the opposition half.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: I think Darren Ward is one of the main reasons why Town are fairly near the play offs and not in the relegation zone. Ward gets very little credit for his efforts or example to the youngsters. If we can hang on in there and stay close to the play offs, anything can happen at that stage. Fair enough, we played badly and lost on Saturday, but as far as I can tell, nobody died!![/p][/quote]Obviously nobody died and no-one's saying they did - irrelevant comment. By that logic if we lost every game 6-0 and finished bottom of the league there'd be nothing to discuss - after all no-one died.[/p][/quote]1984, Your comment is just as irrelevant as mine then, thanks for that!! I sometimes wonder if your user name reflects the classic novel of the same name? Or is that irrelevant as well?[/p][/quote]Yes, the 84 is nothing to do with the novel, so is also irrelevant. We're in agreement then, you've stated the obvious, and I'm stating the obvious by pointing out how obvious the statement was. Anyway back to the subject, I think Ward's received a lot of credit in the past, and the reason he's getting some stick currently is because it's deserved, he's not been anywhere near as effective this season as last unfortunately. If there was any competition at all for the centre half spots Ward could well find himself struggling to get in the side. As it is the defence picks itself as there's no competition for places.[/p][/quote]1984, Obviously, we have to agree to disagree about Ward, or is that irrelevant as well? Perhaps we just call it quits?[/p][/quote]I think that's a very sensible suggestion! We all see player's performances differently so no problem with agreeing to disagree. What we can probably all agree on is notwithstanding our league position, we could probably do with strengthening in a few areas, and for me, the defence looks to be among our shakiest at times, having said that it's not just the defenders themselves who are at fault for this, and the way we play as a whole sometimes puts a lot of pressure on the backline. This is one of the reasons I'm against a 4-6-0, strikers aren't just there to score goals, they also provide an outlet when we need to get the ball forward, and if they can hold it up, can provide great relief for the defence. Old adage, they can't score when the balls in their half, and us having a man or two up top would help keep the ball in the opposition half. Swindon1984

12:48pm Tue 17 Dec 13

buckobassettboy says...

Oi Den! wrote:
One word: Flint.

I'm sure I'll now be told how useless he is for Bristol City. Couldn't give a monkey's about that. Flint gave Ward the security of physical presence alongside him. If it was such "good business" to lose Flint, we should have replaced him.
How true.It wasn't that Flint was a great defender-far from it- but was better than Hall in ''looking after the old man''The sooner Cooper wakes up to that fact the better.Another comical effort by the defence was our downfall on Saturday-albeit only one goal.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: One word: Flint. I'm sure I'll now be told how useless he is for Bristol City. Couldn't give a monkey's about that. Flint gave Ward the security of physical presence alongside him. If it was such "good business" to lose Flint, we should have replaced him.[/p][/quote]How true.It wasn't that Flint was a great defender-far from it- but was better than Hall in ''looking after the old man''The sooner Cooper wakes up to that fact the better.Another comical effort by the defence was our downfall on Saturday-albeit only one goal. buckobassettboy

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