I'm loving my new Pompey role
By Site reporter
Wednesday 09 Mar 2011 21:06:00
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Joel Ward has thanked his team-mates for helping him take to his new midfield role like a duck to water. The converted defender’s displays in a new floating role have put him among the fronteunners for the player-of-the-season prizes.

The Emsworth lad’s form has been a key ingredient of Pompey’s recent winning run and he shone again as the sequence came to an end at Bristol City on Tuesday night. Now he wants to carry on in the role and help Pompey get back to winning ways at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday.


Ward said: ‘I’m really enjoying my new role. It gives me a licence to go forward and use my energy to get amongst the action.

‘When you’re in a new position you have to adjust and adapt – it takes a bit of time to get used to it. But it helps when you’ve got good players alongside you who can help you on the pitch.’

Ward told the Pompey website he felt Pompey were robbed at Ashton Gate – with decisions going against the visitors in the run-up to both goals.

‘I think we totally outplayed them. It was a tough game but on the whole I think we deserved to win. We were a bit unlucky with the first goal and I think the second goal might have been offside,’ he said.

‘Sometimes that happens. It was just one of those days when nothing seemed to go our way – it was frustrating. But we have to take the positives from our performance and make sure we replicate it against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Ward said the players were disappointed their winning run had ended but said: ‘All credit to the lads,” said Ward. “We work hard for each other and that’s shown in our recent games. The back four and keeper have done really well, but the whole team have worked hard defensively.’

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