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Ward curses the 'forcefield'
DARREN Ward expressed his frustration at defeat to Wolves by suggesting the hosts enjoyed the benefits of a forcefield around their net at Molineux.
Home goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was in inspired form on Saturday, making three tremendous saves from Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard and Nathan Thompson to keep Swindon Town at bay and secure a 3-2 victory despite being inferior throughout.
For Ward, who spent two years with Wolves earlier in his career, it was a disappointing afternoon. And he was quick to suggest higher powers might have been at work in coaxing the West Midlands side to all three points.
“It just seemed to go against us in a way. Maybe there was a forcefield around their goal, that’s what it felt like anyway,” he said.
“Budget wise we’re told it’s something like £20million for them and £2million for us. It didn’t go for us in the end but it’s something to go away from with on a high note.
“The first goal has gone over Wes (Foderingham), and I don’t think any keeper would have saved that. The second goal he’s been allowed to cross it to the back post and it’s almost impossible to defend.
“Sometimes with the way we play we do leave ourselves a little bit open, but we’d rather play like that and play as we do at times. The third goal we’re 2-1 down with minutes to go and we were countered.
“Although we performed very well there are still areas we need to improve on. Even away from home we shouldn’t be conceding three goals, so on that side of it it’s not good. But on the other side we could have scored 20 goals.”
With Bristol City set to make the trip to the County Ground on Saturday, and games against Chelsea and Preston to follow, the month of September is a daunting one for Ward and the Robins.
However, the Town skipper remains in confident mood ahead of this weekend’s local derby.
“September is a huge month for us,” he said. “We’ve spoken about it and if we can get some points from this month it will stand us in a good position moving on.
“After about 10 or 15 games the league generally tends to pan out and hopefully we can settle sooner rather than later.”
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