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Ward: We Always Believed

Defender aims for something special after tough run ended

6 March 2018

Stephen Ward says the Clarets never stopped believing and hopes they can go on to complete something special this season.

Burnley emerged from an 11-game winless run to defeat Everton last Saturday and cement their seventh-place position in the Premier League.

And Ward had no doubts Sean Dyche’s men would come good again after lighting up the top flight in the first half of the campaign.

The fit-again defender said: “I think everywhere, bar inside our training ground, people were talking about this run and so-called crisis, maybe, and the sort of run they expected Burnley to be on in the season.

“We always believed in ourselves and we analyse every game and looked at the performances and I don’t think they were anywhere near as bad as a crisis.

“There were only fine margins and small details between us picking up points or turning a draw into a win.

“People forget we also played the top four sides within those games. We picked up points against Manchester City and Manchester United along the way that people soon forget about.

“There was no crisis here. It was just a case of doing what we were doing and we knew that win would come along.”

Ward added: “We were disappointed with how it was going but we had belief in ourselves and thankfully that win came on Saturday and hopefully we can push on from there.

“We gave ourselves a great start to the season and that gave us a platform to push on and be where we are now.

“Although we’ve had that run, hopefully now we’ve come through the worst of it and with nine games to go we can put as many points on the board as possible and finish the season as strongly as we can.

“It’s already been a fantastic achievement with what we’ve achieved so far, but why can’t we make it a little bit more special?”

Ward missed the majority of Burnley’s wait for a win after finally succumbing to a niggling knee problem in December.

But the Republic of Ireland international has been back for the last two games to help the Clarets reach the 40-point mark.

And he is fighting fit ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham when the Clarets play their last game for three weeks.

“It’s always frustrating when you’re out injured and missing out on games and not training,” said Ward.

“It’s difficult but it’s something I needed to do at the time.

“My knee had been bothering me for a couple of months and I needed a bit of time out just to get it right and build it up again.

“Thankfully it’s feeling good now and feeling strong.”


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