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Ward: There Is A Feel Good Factor

14 January 2016

Stephen Ward says there is a feel good factor around Turf Moor ahead of the trip to Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow.

The Clarets beat MK Dons 5-0 on Tuesday night at stadiummk with five different scorers, a feat that had not been achieved since 2009.

And the Republic of Ireland international full-back is hoping for further improvement on the road when they come up against difficult opponents in front of the Sky cameras.

He said: “There is a good feel around the place. It was a nice result for us on Tuesday and it’s nice to see us have that clinical edge at both ends of the pitch.

“It’s pleasing but we still know we can improve in a lot of areas and the manager still wants more from us. We want more from ourselves as well.

“I think every game you go into it’s a different kind of test, each team has their individual ways of playing and individual players that can hurt you.

“We’ve done our homework on them and we’re expecting a tough test but we go with confidence and looking to get another win on the board.”

Ward has had to bide his time for a chance in the starting XI, but is now impressing in a back line that has kept three successive league clean sheets.

That, he says, is testament to the ethos instilled by the coaching staff on the training ground and the fact everyone prepares so well for when they’re called upon.

“I’m enjoying it and it’s been a while since I’ve played regularly. The games are coming thick and fast and especially come the second-half of the season, we might have to utilise the squad.

“Hopefully I can get as many games as possible and just keep helping the team.

“The manager says it all the time about how we train and how we work. We do the right things and it makes it a lot easier for a player to step into the team.

“He’s not coming in as an individual he’s coming in to a unit that knows each and every job which is a credit to the coaching staff in how they have us drilled.

He added: “It’s something we hear a lot that defending starts from the front but in our team it does. The work the front two do, the midfield four and everyone works together to get a clean sheet.

“We do that in the same way we do attacking, we all try to chip in with goals and at the minute it’s all working well.

“As the manager says he still wants more and still believes he can get those extra few percentages out of us which we’ll look to do starting Friday.”


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