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SWINDON TOWN: Ward hails Hall progress
CAPTAIN Darren Ward believes centre-back partner Grant Hall’s outstanding display during Tuesday’s shock win at Championship outfit QPR highlights the huge strides the young defender has made since the start of the season.
After dominating much of the first-half in the Capital One Cup clash at Loftus Road, the Town defence had to stand firm as their hosts attacked in waves in the second.
The combination of Ward and Hall were continually called upon to thwart the likes of Charlie Austin, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora as the Robins claimed a famous 2-0 victory over Harry Redknapp’s troops.
Ward was impressed with his partner’s display in what was only his eighth professional start and believes that the 21-year-old is already ahead of the majority of young players at his age in terms of ability.
“Grant was superb and had to do a bit more defending than he’s had to do since he’s come in,” said Ward.
“That shows he can do both sides of the game.
“We all know he’s very good on the ball and is a pleasure to play with, but although he’s still a young lad learning the game, he’s very advanced on many players of his age.
“QPR are a very good outfit and are in the Championship, and most of their players played in the Premier League last season.
“It’s really nice to have gone there with the young lads and get through the test, although it’s nothing to get carried away about.
“It’s time to work and put this to one side.
“It’s nice but it’s history now and we need to concentrate on the league.
“It’s going to be hard and you see it all the time, and to have a good win in the week and then go and produce a result on the Saturday is very difficult.
“There was a big crowd a good atmosphere and we were playing against good players, so to repeat that is hard and you have to put a lot of work in to be able to match it.”
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