Ward reflected at full-time: “We knew they were slowing the game down a little bit and you could see the fans were getting on their backs to speed up play. For us, we were just staying solid as a mid-block and it was playing into our hands. In the second-half, we got on the break a few times and got the goal.
“We frustrated them at times and were diligent in our defensive work. Obviously, in the second-half, we created quite a few chances to bury the game.
“It [the penalty] killed it. For me, it’s never been a penalty. I think he [Chris Richards] touches the ball before and then flicks it back to the ‘keeper. Anywhere on the pitch, it’s never been a foul or free-kick. I think, under pressure, it’s gone the wrong way.
“You can always take positives from the game. It’s tough and a bitter pill to swallow, but we have to dust ourselves down. Sometimes things go against you, and certainly today that big decision went against us.”