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Ward: It's Good To Be Back

4 January 2016

Stephen Ward is hoping to continue his run in the side when the Clarets travel to Middlesbrough for their FA Cup third round tie on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland international has started the last two games and has helped keep two clean sheets in the process.

And after biding his time for a chance, Ward was happy to keep the back door shut in a difficult test against Play-Off chasing Ipswich Town.

He said: "It's nice to be back and play a few games. We're disappointed we didn't win but credit to them, they came up and tried to frustrate us and made it a difficult afternoon.

"We had to dig in as well and you have to go away and take the point. We knew they won at Brighton so they'd been doing well away.

"They put a lot of long balls in and we had to defend well. They're a good side who are right up there as well but we kept the back door shut and got a good clean sheet.

"The disallowed goal was a difficult one. Myself and Andre were stood in front of the goalkeeper but I don't think there was too much in it.

“We didn't have our arms around him or grab him, we just stood our ground but he's given the keeper protection which is disappointing.”

Sean Dyche’s side head to the Riverside Stadium to face a Middlesbrough side flying high in the Sky Bet Championship.

Goals from Albert Adomah and George Friend saw them secure a 2-0 victory over Derby County at the weekend, but Ward says the squad are relishing a chance to progress in the cup.

He added: "It's probably a welcome break from the league and it might be chance for some players to get minutes. It's a tough draw but we'll approach it as we do every game and hopefully we can go up there
and win it.

"Everyone wants to play whatever competition it is. We've got a great squad here and whatever the manager decides we'll be well prepared and good enough to win it."

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