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SWINDON TOWN: Ward urges teammates to learn from Walsall mistakes
SKIPPER Darren Ward knows he and his teammates need to quickly learn their lesson from Tuesday night’s home defeat to Walsall if they are to avoid falling into the same trap again.
The Saddlers raced into a three-goal lead before Nile Ranger’s consolation on a night where Mark Cooper’s side struggled to take control of the contest as they had during their run of four straight victories, and were unable to string together enough meaningful spells of possession.
Dean Smith’s well organised Walsall side nullified Town’s creativity and terrorised the Swindon back four through Craig Westcarr and Ashley Hemmings to leave Wiltshire with three fully deserved points, and the Town captain admitted his side were a long way from their best.
Despite the disappointment of defeat Ward believes there is still plenty to take from the game but warned they must put things right quickly if they are to get back on track.
“It’s disappointing to lose at home but it’s a lesson learnt for us and we need to learn it quickly because if you turn up next time thinking it will all be okay you are fooling yourselves.,” he said.
“They were very well organised and credit has to go to them, but on top of that we weren’t at our best and all that together resulted in the scoreline.
“There’s been two games so far, Shrewsbury away and Walsall, where the opposition were very organised, and with us learning a new formation it’s hard to find a new way of getting in behind to score goals when they match you up and stop you.
“We have to find a way to do that otherwise the same can happen again.
“Sometimes you do have an off day, and we need to quickly analyse that, find out why it happened, and then get ready for Saturday at Oldham.”
Experienced pro Ward is also a firm believer in the phrase ‘you learn more in defeat than in victory.’ “I fully believe it,” he said. “You can have things that go right and that’s great but if you lose you need to work out why and that’s when you can learn a lot.
“We have a lot to learn collectively and we need to do it quickly because we have important games coming up.”
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