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SWINDON TOWN: Ward helps youngsters refocus after Chelsea hysteria
DARREN Ward will use the experience of many years in the professional game to help Swindon Town’s younger element forget about the visit of Chelsea and focus their minds on the trip to Preston this weekend.
The 35-year-old defender, a veteran of an FA Cup final, has played against some of the biggest sides in the country on several occasions over a lengthy career spanning more than 500 games and as a result knows a bit about how long it can take players to reset their sights following an occasion the size of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup clash at the County Ground.
With the majority of the Town squad aged under 23, therefore, Ward has a duty to coax his teammates into a state of mind where they can get back to winning ways at Deepdale on Saturday.
He told the Advertiser: “We had a quick chat after the game about it and said it’s important to get in the zone for Saturday because that is the real importance of this week, if you ask me.
“We’ll be back in to start again and making sure that on Thursday we’re preparing well for the game.
“We want to do well in this league. Tuesday was a fantastic experience to test our qualities and where we’re at and we’ve done well as a team and shown we can play some good football and we’re not just there to make up the numbers.
“As a team we have to get hold of each other and make sure we focus on Saturday.
“It’s hard when you’re young. I’ve been there, we’ve all been there as young people. What an occasion it was to play against players of their quality and standard. It’s a dream come true and after facing them face to face it’s hard to forget about it.
“But to be professional, and that’s what we are - we’re all professionals, we have to put it aside quickly and make sure that Saturday is number one in our mind.”
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