Ward insists defensive issues are complex

Darren Ward

Darren Ward

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DARREN Ward feels criticism of Swindon Town’s deep defensive line is “an easy comment to make”.

Ward captained the Robins to a 2-1 home defeat to MK Dons on Saturday, as goals from Antony Kay and George Baldock turned the game on its head following Michael Smith’s 18th-minute opener for the hosts.

It was the third successive occasion that Swindon threw away a lead, giving some fans and pundits the arsenal to suggest Town are not pushing on for a second goal in games where they strike first.

Ward, however, disagrees. He intimated that Swindon’s erratic recent form can be put down to a number of different factors.

“It’s probably an easy comment to make from a lot of people, whether they understand football or not, because a lot of your defence starts from your attack, but people are entitled to say what they think and that’s fine,” said the Town skipper.

“We’ve had conversations before, which is fine. I think there’s a lot of things why. We’re a very young team and, as much as I’ve spoken about it before, we’ve gone out this season to learn and progress in a certain way.

“There are a number of different angles and ways you can look at it. I think what’s happened is we’ve had a few injuries, which have contributed. I think we’ve also played a lot of different formations, with a lot of different clientele. If you look at the top three clubs in this league they’ve more or less used the same team for the whole of this season.

“That gives you a lot of fluency and a lot of understanding and you build up a very good bond and relationship between each other. At times we’ve been unable to do that through injuries or for whatever reason, which I feel does have an impact on performances and progression.”

Summing up the defeat to the Dons, Ward said: “It’s very disappointing to have done that, especially when we came out in the second half and had a few close chances to go further ahead. To then find ourselves on the back foot for most of the second half wasn’t nice and to concede two goals how we did, especially the second one, was a real blow.

“We’ve got to gather our thoughts together and get back to the drawing board quite quickly because of the game we’ve got on Tuesday.”

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7:27am Mon 10 Mar 14

sadgit says...

Good job we don't understand football then.
Good job we don't understand football then. sadgit
  • Score: 6

8:49am Mon 10 Mar 14

Billy hunt 65 says...

Darren not even eating all the bananas that you do will stop you getting any slower.
A Sherman tank can turn faster than you :))
Darren not even eating all the bananas that you do will stop you getting any slower. A Sherman tank can turn faster than you :)) Billy hunt 65
  • Score: 5

9:00am Mon 10 Mar 14

Hampshire_ReD says...

This is simply another airing of the same old aging excuses that have been blamed all season long... we're a young team... it's inexperience.. it's due to injuries...it's was the referee........it's the style of football we play.

It's a complete load of tosh - the reason we don't see the best teams in the division suffering from this 'bad luck' is that once they get a lead they
maintain the pressure on the opposition - and try to score a 2nd and 3rd to get breathing space.

It would be easier to understand if we were playing a premier league side and tried to park the bus to grind out a tough result.

Performing this tactic against a league one side (who were there for the taking) is simply foolish.

Just becasye
This is simply another airing of the same old aging excuses that have been blamed all season long... we're a young team... it's inexperience.. it's due to injuries...it's was the referee........it's the style of football we play. It's a complete load of tosh - the reason we don't see the best teams in the division suffering from this 'bad luck' is that once they get a lead they maintain the pressure on the opposition - and try to score a 2nd and 3rd to get breathing space. It would be easier to understand if we were playing a premier league side and tried to park the bus to grind out a tough result. Performing this tactic against a league one side (who were there for the taking) is simply foolish. Just becasye Hampshire_ReD
  • Score: 4

9:34am Mon 10 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

Hampshire_ReD wrote:
This is simply another airing of the same old aging excuses that have been blamed all season long... we're a young team... it's inexperience.. it's due to injuries...it's was the referee........it's the style of football we play. It's a complete load of tosh - the reason we don't see the best teams in the division suffering from this 'bad luck' is that once they get a lead they maintain the pressure on the opposition - and try to score a 2nd and 3rd to get breathing space. It would be easier to understand if we were playing a premier league side and tried to park the bus to grind out a tough result. Performing this tactic against a league one side (who were there for the taking) is simply foolish. Just becasye
Summed it up in a nutshell - they can come up with every excuse in the book but bottom line we don't try to kill teams off, we sat back and get punished, and we don't look like we have the desire to win games.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire_ReD[/bold] wrote: This is simply another airing of the same old aging excuses that have been blamed all season long... we're a young team... it's inexperience.. it's due to injuries...it's was the referee........it's the style of football we play. It's a complete load of tosh - the reason we don't see the best teams in the division suffering from this 'bad luck' is that once they get a lead they maintain the pressure on the opposition - and try to score a 2nd and 3rd to get breathing space. It would be easier to understand if we were playing a premier league side and tried to park the bus to grind out a tough result. Performing this tactic against a league one side (who were there for the taking) is simply foolish. Just becasye[/p][/quote]Summed it up in a nutshell - they can come up with every excuse in the book but bottom line we don't try to kill teams off, we sat back and get punished, and we don't look like we have the desire to win games. Swindon1984
  • Score: 4

10:52am Mon 10 Mar 14

Stilloyal says...

Simple, find a winning system and formation and stick with it. I accept that personnel changes sometimes need to be applied but it doesn't mean that the formation needs to be altered, it makes everything too complicated for these inexperienced kids
Simple, find a winning system and formation and stick with it. I accept that personnel changes sometimes need to be applied but it doesn't mean that the formation needs to be altered, it makes everything too complicated for these inexperienced kids Stilloyal
  • Score: 3

12:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

the wizard says...

If you sit up in the stands , like we do, you have a far better view and perspective of what the bigger picture is, and we can see all the players all of the time. To the point of being almost in some games who is going to do what next, and our defensive back line has been frail for most of the season, and a lot of that has been down to Darren Ward. I hope he hangs up his boots at the end of this season after a good career. Its time for him to move on as he clearly isn't fast enough for todays game, a season too far I fear. No disputing his past glories and efforts, but time to call it a day.
If you sit up in the stands , like we do, you have a far better view and perspective of what the bigger picture is, and we can see all the players all of the time. To the point of being almost in some games who is going to do what next, and our defensive back line has been frail for most of the season, and a lot of that has been down to Darren Ward. I hope he hangs up his boots at the end of this season after a good career. Its time for him to move on as he clearly isn't fast enough for todays game, a season too far I fear. No disputing his past glories and efforts, but time to call it a day. the wizard
  • Score: 5

12:36pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Hiram.K.Hackenbacker says...

Allowing an unmarked player a free header from a corner is unacceptable whether at Swindon & District League level or in Division One level. Anthony Kay's bullet header could have been prevented, in my humble opinion.
Allowing an unmarked player a free header from a corner is unacceptable whether at Swindon & District League level or in Division One level. Anthony Kay's bullet header could have been prevented, in my humble opinion. Hiram.K.Hackenbacker
  • Score: 5

4:14pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Armyrobin78 says...

It's not complicated Darren, it's woeful. What we need is a leader, someone to mentor the young lads, coordinate and own the defence, Darren that is meant to be you, currently it is not. I have bitten my tongue all season but that shambles on Saturday was the straw that broke the camel's back. Instead of dripping excuses to the media, take a look at yourself, as the senior player and captain you should not be letting your head drop, shouting at and blaming your young team mates. Take a leaf from Troy's book, for all his faults he tries, he wants to win, he encourages and drives those around him, he is the nearest thing to leadership we have at the back. If you can't do this, step aside, let someone who can.

I will admit that the defence appears to be left exposed by a midfield that sometimes, often even, loses its shape, fails to track back etc etc. But a solid and well led defensive line would have had little trouble with a fairly uninventive MK Dons (and most of League one teams) attacking play.
It's not complicated Darren, it's woeful. What we need is a leader, someone to mentor the young lads, coordinate and own the defence, Darren that is meant to be you, currently it is not. I have bitten my tongue all season but that shambles on Saturday was the straw that broke the camel's back. Instead of dripping excuses to the media, take a look at yourself, as the senior player and captain you should not be letting your head drop, shouting at and blaming your young team mates. Take a leaf from Troy's book, for all his faults he tries, he wants to win, he encourages and drives those around him, he is the nearest thing to leadership we have at the back. If you can't do this, step aside, let someone who can. I will admit that the defence appears to be left exposed by a midfield that sometimes, often even, loses its shape, fails to track back etc etc. But a solid and well led defensive line would have had little trouble with a fairly uninventive MK Dons (and most of League one teams) attacking play. Armyrobin78
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Mon 10 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

We are young and work in progress

Stfc bible
Chapter 3
Mark and lee
We are young and work in progress Stfc bible Chapter 3 Mark and lee smirg kcab
  • Score: 2

8:56pm Mon 10 Mar 14

alchafreds says...

smirg kcab wrote:
We are young and work in progress

Stfc bible
Chapter 3
Mark and lee
have you any idea how many goals you have cost the team ward
have a word with yourself i've seen milk turn quicker
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: We are young and work in progress Stfc bible Chapter 3 Mark and lee[/p][/quote]have you any idea how many goals you have cost the team ward have a word with yourself i've seen milk turn quicker alchafreds
  • Score: 0

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