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Ward: A Frustrating One For Us

22 September 2016

Joel Ward felt that Wednesday night’s EFL cup exit was a game of tight margins in a contest between two Premier League sides that was decided by a goal in each half from Southampton.

“There wasn’t really a huge amount of difference between the sides in this game, it was a frustrating one for us. I don’t think we went with as much purpose and intensity in our game as we have done recently and it was one of those nights where you put it to the back of your mind and look to put it right at the weekend.”

Captain Scott Dann had to leave proceedings on 19 minutes with an injury, that the full extent is not yet known, but Joel acknowledges that it gives an opportunity to another member of the squad when a team member suffers an unfortunate blow.

“He is a massive player for us and he is proving that, week in and week out and has been an outstanding presence on the pitch but we also have quality throughout the squad to come on and do well in those situations.”

Following two successive wins the 26 year old was disappointed that it was a disappointing latest return to the south coast for the defender.

“There are a lot of changes going on throughout everything we are doing but it's getting that balance and we have shown that in the last couple of games in the league. This is one of those matches that you have in football.”

A disappointing night for the travelling support but Joel is well aware that regardless of how the game is going on the pitch, the red and blue army will always be there giving their support from the sidelines.  

“We probably take it for granted as a club with the fans we have got and both home and away they are always fantastic. They lift you when times are hard and are there pushing us on when times are good. This is something that is so important to a team in the modern game because there are going to periods in matches where you don’t have possession or much of the ball but knowing the fans always have your back and are there for you is massive.”

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