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Ward backs fringe defenders to fill the void

Swindon Advertiser: Darren Ward Darren Ward

DARREN Ward has backed Swindon Town’s limited central defensive options to rise to the challenge in the absence of the injured Grant Hall.

Hall, on loan from Tottenham, has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks after being stretchered off during Town’s 2-0 defeat to Gillingham on Saturday with a calf problem.

Swindon now only have four recognised centre-backs at the club, in the shape of Ward, Raphael Rossi Branco, Troy Archibald-Henville and Aaron Oakley, but Branco only broke into the Robins’ first team at the end of December, Archibald-Henville has not played a competitive game since September 21 following knee surgery and Oakley – currently on loan at Chippenham – has not yet made his professional debut.

Despite appearing thin on the ground, Ward is keen to look at the positives.

When asked by the Advertiser whether he felt Town had enough in their central defensive ranks to see their play-off push through to the end of the League One season, he said: “I’m not too sure if it’s enough, it’s probably what we’ve got to play with.

“Who knows. Aaron’s coming back, he’s looking well, and Troy’s coming back and training more.

“They might have to step up if something happens to one of us two in that position.

“Within that group Jay (McEveley) can play centre-half, I’m pretty sure Nathan (Thompson) can play centre-half if needed.

“We’ll just have to wait and see.

“I’d look at it as what we can do now if Raffa and I are playing centre-half as a partnership looking forwards for the next few games.

“At the minute it’s yet to be seen, it’s hard to say.”

On Saturday, Town boss Mark Cooper suggested that Archibald-Henville requires another development game before he can be considered for a return to the Robins’ matchday squad.

Meanwhile, former Swindon manager Ossie Ardiles is reported to be in a stable condition after the Argentinian was involved in a car crash in the Falkland Islands on Monday.

Ardiles, who took charge of Town for two years between 1989 and 1991, is said to have received 21 stitches in a head wound following the accident, which took place at around 9pm local time on East Falkland.

Ardiles’s son Pablo told the BBC: “My understanding is he is fine.

“He has 20-odd stitches in his head and my understanding is he has been hospitalised overnight.”

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6:34am Wed 22 Jan 14

dazzastfc says...

HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...
HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal... dazzastfc
  • Score: -24

6:41am Wed 22 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

dazzastfc wrote:
HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...
Thumbs up for you dazza lol,
Not much of a challenge to rise up to ?
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...[/p][/quote]Thumbs up for you dazza lol, Not much of a challenge to rise up to ? smirg kcab
  • Score: -22

7:41am Wed 22 Jan 14

oo-r-ya? says...

dazzastfc wrote:
HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...
If I ever have worms in my bench I'll know where to go then.
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...[/p][/quote]If I ever have worms in my bench I'll know where to go then. oo-r-ya?
  • Score: 4

7:56am Wed 22 Jan 14

Graham8181 says...

WHY DOESNT POWER GET A NEW CENTRE BACK THEN !!!! FOR THE 100TH TIME !!!!!!! JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES !!!!
WHY DOESNT POWER GET A NEW CENTRE BACK THEN !!!! FOR THE 100TH TIME !!!!!!! JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES !!!! Graham8181
  • Score: -12

8:23am Wed 22 Jan 14

glenda hoddle says...

dazzastfc wrote:
HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...
I agree about ward blaming others. Your the f....g captain for god sake, your body language is terrible.
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...[/p][/quote]I agree about ward blaming others. Your the f....g captain for god sake, your body language is terrible. glenda hoddle
  • Score: -8

10:00am Wed 22 Jan 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

Is Mr COX STILL AVAILABLE???????
Is Mr COX STILL AVAILABLE??????? FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: -1

1:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

"Despite appearing thin on the ground, Ward is keen to look at the positives."

Sam, does Ward appear different standing up?
"Despite appearing thin on the ground, Ward is keen to look at the positives." Sam, does Ward appear different standing up? Oi Den!
  • Score: -4

5:27pm Wed 22 Jan 14

dazzastfc says...

smirg kcab wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...
Thumbs up for you dazza lol,
Not much of a challenge to rise up to ?
GIVE THE HIGH AND MIGHTY SOMETHING TO MOAN ABOUT...
Its not my fault Ward is CRAP IS IT...wormer or is it warmer..
ANYWAY I DONT CARE IF MY SPELLING ID CRAP
The rose tinted brigade new what i was on about...
.AND THEY KNOW IM RIGHT
WARD IS NOT A CAPTAIN..HE IS TO SLOW AND CANT PASS WIND LET ALONE A FOOTBALL..
.Even reeves was a better defender than him and that says it all...
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...[/p][/quote]Thumbs up for you dazza lol, Not much of a challenge to rise up to ?[/p][/quote]GIVE THE HIGH AND MIGHTY SOMETHING TO MOAN ABOUT... Its not my fault Ward is CRAP IS IT...wormer or is it warmer.. ANYWAY I DONT CARE IF MY SPELLING ID CRAP The rose tinted brigade new what i was on about... .AND THEY KNOW IM RIGHT WARD IS NOT A CAPTAIN..HE IS TO SLOW AND CANT PASS WIND LET ALONE A FOOTBALL.. .Even reeves was a better defender than him and that says it all... dazzastfc
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Wed 22 Jan 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

dazzastfc wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...
Thumbs up for you dazza lol,
Not much of a challenge to rise up to ?
GIVE THE HIGH AND MIGHTY SOMETHING TO MOAN ABOUT...
Its not my fault Ward is CRAP IS IT...wormer or is it warmer..
ANYWAY I DONT CARE IF MY SPELLING ID CRAP
The rose tinted brigade new what i was on about...
.AND THEY KNOW IM RIGHT
WARD IS NOT A CAPTAIN..HE IS TO SLOW AND CANT PASS WIND LET ALONE A FOOTBALL..
.Even reeves was a better defender than him and that says it all...
Totally agree mate. Am I the only one that thinks Cooper is too weak to get these things sorted out? He sounds so non plus about everything.. If the players are only playing for 20 mins out of 90,,,, surely we have to ask if the bloke is up to it.?
Ward is definitely not up to it..
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: HA HA THIS IS COMING FROM A PLAYER THAT SHOULD BE A BENCH WORMER AT BEST..Captain my arse...Way to slow cant pass and always blames others when we concede a goal...[/p][/quote]Thumbs up for you dazza lol, Not much of a challenge to rise up to ?[/p][/quote]GIVE THE HIGH AND MIGHTY SOMETHING TO MOAN ABOUT... Its not my fault Ward is CRAP IS IT...wormer or is it warmer.. ANYWAY I DONT CARE IF MY SPELLING ID CRAP The rose tinted brigade new what i was on about... .AND THEY KNOW IM RIGHT WARD IS NOT A CAPTAIN..HE IS TO SLOW AND CANT PASS WIND LET ALONE A FOOTBALL.. .Even reeves was a better defender than him and that says it all...[/p][/quote]Totally agree mate. Am I the only one that thinks Cooper is too weak to get these things sorted out? He sounds so non plus about everything.. If the players are only playing for 20 mins out of 90,,,, surely we have to ask if the bloke is up to it.? Ward is definitely not up to it.. MARK TITCOMBE
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6:43pm Wed 22 Jan 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Why aren't they putting the effort in for him?? Oh I know! Because he is too easy on them.... it's obvious.
Why aren't they putting the effort in for him?? Oh I know! Because he is too easy on them.... it's obvious. MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: -2

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