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Ward: We're Happy To Be In The Hat

9 January 2016

Stephen Ward was delighted with the second half display as his goal saw the Clarets progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

Diego Fabbrini’s opener was cancelled out by Rouwen Hennings on the stroke of half-time, before Ward struck in the 72nd minute to win the tie.

And the Republic of Ireland international full-back was happy with the response after a difficult first period.

He said: “It’s a good result for us. In the first half we didn’t really deal with their shape and you’ve got to give them credit. They’re a good side and they’re top of the league.

“But we dug in there and a moment of real quality got us back in the game. I thought we were much better in the second half, much more solid and they don’t concede many here.

“We’re happy to win and go through to the next round. To come from a goal behind is pleasing as well.”

Reflecting on his match winner, Ward added: “My job is to screen the goalie and the ball just fell to me so I stepped off him, swivelled and hit it.

“It’s nice to be in the hat and we’ve not beaten sides in the top four or five in our league yet so it’s a good marker.

“The gaffer said soak in the feeling of beating a team like this because there are plenty more battles to come against quality sides.

“I don’t get many so it was nice to score and we’ll see what the draw brings in the next round.”

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