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Ward refuses to let the play-off dream die

Swindon Advertiser: Darren Ward Darren Ward

DARREN Ward is not about to start making plans for his summer holidays just yet, despite Swindon Town sitting eight points off the League One play-off places with 11 games remaining of the season.

The Robins captain refuses to accept that his side are out of the race for a top six spot, saying the 33 points still on offer represents a “huge amount”.

Town, who entertain Wolves at the County Ground tonight, require another 28 points to hit the average for sixth place over the past decade and, while it remains a possibility, Ward is not about to throw in the towel and begin booking flights and stocking up on sun cream.

“There’s still 11 games, that’s 33 points – it’s a huge amount of points,” he said. “Never say never, especially with 11 games to go. You never know in football, you always get a late runner who gets very close and it would be great if we could.

“It’s certainly not a case when you start booking holidays and chill out, that’s certainly not my way of thought and it’s not what I would do. We’ve got to keep going, if not for this season then for next season.”

After the 2-1 home defeat to MK Dons on Saturday, Ward feels the visit of high-flying Wolves, who have won each of their last eight matches, provides the perfect opportunity for Town’s players to refocus and regroup.

“I think it could be a better game for us to play after today’s result, where you have to get ready for it otherwise you know a team like Wolves can come and run riot,” he said.

“It’s for us to gather our thoughts together and look at today’s game and see what we can do to get the right result on Tuesday.”

Ward played 34 times for Wolves during an 18-month stint at Molineux between 2007 and early 2009 and he recalls his time at the Midlands club fondly.

“It’s a fantastic club, Wolves, a huge club. I feel very privileged to have played for a club like that in my career and enjoyed the experience,” he said. “I had no doubt they’d be up there this season with the budget and the success the current manager has got at this level, there’s no surprise there.”

The 35-year-old is friends with a number of Wolves’s current first-team squad, players he described as “having fire inside themselves” to succeed.

“Danny Batth centre-half, (Richard) Stearman is a really good guy and a good player, there’s a few. Dave Davis, Kev Foley is a good friend and a good player, they’re all very good players,” he said. “They’ve got fire inside themselves to go and do well in their careers and obviously they’ve all played in the Premiership.

“To be playing in League One the Wolves fans can be quite lucky in a way to have players like that playing for them at this level. I think it’s turned out so far a good move for the club to keep players like that.”

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7:59am Tue 11 Mar 14

LeGod says...

Is this a serious story if any player in our current form and the number of points we are behind Peterborough and all the top sides to play the chances of us making the play offs would be an absolute miracle never seen before and Ward i think must be on something.
We have lost one more game than City just outside the bottom four, Shrewsbury have only lost 2 games more than us and they are bottom four we are on the slide down the table im afraid. The manager doesnt play our top scorer and plays with a so called striker that is so poor how we paid the 6 figures for him is beyond belief.
Unless from tonight we have a sudden turn around of form and do as Sheff utd have done go on a winning run of 9 games then maybe yes but we are playing so poorly its not going to happen as much as id like it to happen.
The last few home games have not been good to watch as they were earlier in the season and im afraid it is Cooper to blame for it with his negative tactics.
Is this a serious story if any player in our current form and the number of points we are behind Peterborough and all the top sides to play the chances of us making the play offs would be an absolute miracle never seen before and Ward i think must be on something. We have lost one more game than City just outside the bottom four, Shrewsbury have only lost 2 games more than us and they are bottom four we are on the slide down the table im afraid. The manager doesnt play our top scorer and plays with a so called striker that is so poor how we paid the 6 figures for him is beyond belief. Unless from tonight we have a sudden turn around of form and do as Sheff utd have done go on a winning run of 9 games then maybe yes but we are playing so poorly its not going to happen as much as id like it to happen. The last few home games have not been good to watch as they were earlier in the season and im afraid it is Cooper to blame for it with his negative tactics. LeGod
  • Score: 5

8:00am Tue 11 Mar 14

LionelHutz says...

I was positive about our chances until Saturday but realistically it has now gone.

It's got the the stage where I actually hope Peterborough beat Bristol City tonight to aid City's relegation push, rather than City win to help us because I don't think it would actually make a difference.
I was positive about our chances until Saturday but realistically it has now gone. It's got the the stage where I actually hope Peterborough beat Bristol City tonight to aid City's relegation push, rather than City win to help us because I don't think it would actually make a difference. LionelHutz
  • Score: 5

9:31am Tue 11 Mar 14

hertz says...

Lionel wash your mouth out , but I know how you feel :0( . On a bright note Wolves have sold all their 3k allocation it should be a good atmosphere under the lights tonight .A chance for Mr Power take a look and ponder the "what ifs" , "IF" we were going to Wembley and "IF" we were in real contention for top 6 the County Ground would be up in 11k gate until the end of the season and that is real money in the pocket . COYR
Lionel wash your mouth out , but I know how you feel :0( . On a bright note Wolves have sold all their 3k allocation it should be a good atmosphere under the lights tonight .A chance for Mr Power take a look and ponder the "what ifs" , "IF" we were going to Wembley and "IF" we were in real contention for top 6 the County Ground would be up in 11k gate until the end of the season and that is real money in the pocket . COYR hertz
  • Score: 2

10:00am Tue 11 Mar 14

Since 1950 says...

At least the manager has taken a dose of reality. We are in relegation form. That's the stark truth of the matter.
At least the manager has taken a dose of reality. We are in relegation form. That's the stark truth of the matter. Since 1950
  • Score: 3

10:40am Tue 11 Mar 14

LeGod says...

The figures i have seen for the wolves tickets sold is 1800 i dont know where the 3k came from.
The figures i have seen for the wolves tickets sold is 1800 i dont know where the 3k came from. LeGod
  • Score: 0

11:48am Tue 11 Mar 14

bolton80 says...

Still moaning i see

remember were 8th .. still 11 games .. expect the unexpected i say, wolves will lose 1 - 0 tonight
Still moaning i see remember were 8th .. still 11 games .. expect the unexpected i say, wolves will lose 1 - 0 tonight bolton80
  • Score: -1

1:50pm Tue 11 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

bolton80 wrote:
Still moaning i see

remember were 8th .. still 11 games .. expect the unexpected i say, wolves will lose 1 - 0 tonight
And arsenal will beat bayern 10-0
[quote][p][bold]bolton80[/bold] wrote: Still moaning i see remember were 8th .. still 11 games .. expect the unexpected i say, wolves will lose 1 - 0 tonight[/p][/quote]And arsenal will beat bayern 10-0 smirg kcab
  • Score: -1

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