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Stephen Ward

Post by Blackrod » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:52 pm

What an outstanding left back we have. For years we had poor ones and often the subject of criticism. Great defender, creative, committed and consistent.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Steve1956 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:06 am

I asked a Wolves fan on another forum about Ward,he said no he isn't good enough...how wrong could he have been,probably after Mee & Keane he's our most consistent player.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Tribesmen » Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:29 am

So any reason why he was subbed , he didn't look like he was injured or maybe I am wrong .

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by colne-claret » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:14 am

Tribesmen wrote:So any reason why he was subbed , he didn't look like he was injured or maybe I am wrong .
Think he just wanted to give Flanagan a run out... ;) he went Dow injured holding his left knee twice plus he was a doubt before the game.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by beddie » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:22 am

I think he had a twist in the knee or the thigh so could not continue, hope he's not out for long.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by wooooosh » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:36 am

He sat in the dug out in the second half still in his kit but with a big ice pack strapped to his knee. Obviously an injury but not sure how serious.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by claretspice » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:38 am

Hes been outstanding for us recently. Absolutely superb.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by IndigoLake » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:39 am

He might well be my player of the season. He's been brilliant.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Goodclaret » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:49 am

He really has been superb for us this season. It shows how influential he is when the worry kicked in for so many when he went off yesterday.

Best left back at Burnley since I've been watching ............... and I'm including Les Thompson in that ;)
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Belgianclaret » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:56 am

Superb and steady defender - may I also add that Lowton has stepped up the mark tremendously
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Lord Beamish » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:59 am

He was who got my vote at the recent Supporters' Club Player of the Season Awards.
We are actually getting a Republic of Ireland international player at the absolute peak of his powers. I reckon he's probably got at least two years(barring injury) at that level of performance. We should cherish that.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by IndigoLake » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:04 am

Belgianclaret wrote:Superb and steady defender - may I also add that Lowton has stepped up the mark tremendously
Agreed! Lowton has by far exceeded my expectations this season.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by mdd2 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:15 am

He was a doubt before the game and if it is the same leg/knee now injured that made him a doubt then I guess he will be out for a few weeks. Ice packs on knees don't sound like quick turn arounds.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by BedfordsDad » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:06 am

Certainly my player of the season. His performances have been of the highest quality since he became a regular in the side in January 2016. A great Dyche signing.
In my opinion he is one of the most capable and dependable left backs I have seen play for Burnley, only out ranked by Elder and Newton.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Wilsdenclaret » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:15 am

Tribesmen wrote:So any reason why he was subbed , he didn't look like he was injured or maybe I am wrong .
You landed a few with that trawl :lol:

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by claretblue » Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:58 pm

since coming into the side following the defeat at Hull Boxing Day 2015 he's been magnificent - and many fans player of the season!

from BBC website:

Stephen Ward (against Palace) registered his first Premier League assist for Burnley, and his first in the competition since May 2012 for Wolves v Wigan :o

wonderful player...and so pleased he chose us over Brighton! :D

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Let'sChaseTheDragon » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:19 pm

Lord Beamish wrote:He was who got my vote at the recent Supporters' Club Player of the Season Awards.
We are actually getting a Republic of Ireland international player at the absolute peak of his powers. I reckon he's probably got at least two years(barring injury) at that level of performance. We should cherish that.
As the Lord says. He's tremendous, and has plenty of high quality service left in the tank. We do need to sign someone as back up, though.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by minnieclaret » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:44 pm

I doubt we'll play a side with two better old fashioned dribbling wingers and Lowton & Ward/Flanagan controlled them perfectly.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by IWOODLOVETT » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:50 pm

minnieclaret wrote:I doubt we'll play a side with two better old fashioned dribbling wingers and Lowton & Ward/Flanagan controlled them perfectly.
...and Arfield and Boyd. ;)
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Man of Kent » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:59 pm

Tribesmen wrote:So any reason why he was subbed , he didn't look like he was injured or maybe I am wrong .
I don't know if you were there yesterday or not but he went down twice in quick succession (on his own) and on the second occasion he was clutching his knee and frantically waving at the bench for attention. He went off almost immediately - he certainly did look like he was injured to me.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by levraiclaret » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:26 pm

^^^^This is what I noticed too.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by IWOODLOVETT » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:27 pm

Won't play against West Brom.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Vegas Claret » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:40 pm

our entire back line is immense
A few tweaks here and there that we all know about and we can be a mid-table PL team no doubt

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by mdd2 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:45 pm

If he went down without contact please let it not be another ACL

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Elder statesman » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:54 pm

Agree about Ward and Lowton. The whole back five have been superb this season and they've had a lot of work to do.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Vegas Claret » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:07 pm

mdd2 wrote:If he went down without contact please let it not be another ACL
he was clattered in a challenge

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by CharlieinNewMexico » Mon May 01, 2017 3:33 am

I've always thought he was fantastically steady but my eyes opened when (Boro away game I think) he went on a run from the edge of our box and absolutely tore the arsehole out of their midfielder and fullback for pace. It was like watching Steve Kindon again. I think it was the one where Vokes fluffed it.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by KRBFC » Mon May 01, 2017 5:27 am

My player of the year 100%, 7/10 every week regardless of the opposition.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by CleggHall » Mon May 01, 2017 8:30 am

Ward is in Garth Crooks' team of the week, BBC website despite only playing 45 minutes. Crooks credits him for the great cross for Barnes goal. John Motson seemed to think we would be relegated prior to the Palace game.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Jambounchained » Mon May 01, 2017 8:46 am

Best left back I've seen play for Burnley.

And I've seen Lee Briscoe.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Bullabill » Mon May 01, 2017 9:33 am

But not Harold Mather!

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by hampsteadclaret » Mon May 01, 2017 10:01 am

We have an excellent back five [plus Tarkowski when needed ]...the fact they play together so often now, is a major factor in their reliability...they are very well drilled /organised by Sean and his staff as most of the pundits recognise on Saturday evenings [MOTD].

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by IanMcL » Mon May 01, 2017 5:40 pm

He has had a great season. Defending - brilliant. Charging down the wing - brilliant. Crosses - mostly excellent. Heading at both ends, fantastic.

Great stuff Wardy.
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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by pureclaret » Tue May 02, 2017 5:41 pm

all i can say about left backs is Whooooosssssshhhhhhhhhhh

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by boyyanno » Tue May 02, 2017 5:45 pm

Ward seems to have steadily improved since he stepped foot on the pitch. The early signs looked good but he's taken a while to get to the current standard he's at now. He's easily been one of the first names on the team sheet over the last few months.

I still think we will look for improvement in the full back areas, but he's certainly showed he can do it at Prem level.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by Exeterclaret » Tue May 02, 2017 5:47 pm

One thing I love about ward is his positivity. As soon as he gets the ball he looks to charge forward as far as he can. His crossing's not bad either!

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by KateR » Tue May 02, 2017 6:55 pm

but will he be missed if not playing next few games, for me a big yes and obviously for a lot of others given the comments about JF coming on!

So if Mee is fit Saturday does he revert to LB and continue with Tark's or is JF the answer, who'd be a Football Manager with these decisions and scenarios given the 20,000 experts watching your every move and willing to voice before matches how daft your team selection is. Or will the Palace win make a few of them think first? Sorry just being silly with that rhetorical question, I know the answer :)

S Ward been one of the first names on the team sheet for me along with about 4 others, 6 players questionable given who and where we playing in any given game, he will be sorely missed if it's a bad one!

But the end result by June will not make a lot of difference.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by HuncoatClaret » Tue May 02, 2017 7:44 pm

Let'sChaseTheDragon wrote:As the Lord says. He's tremendous, and has plenty of high quality service left in the tank. We do need to sign someone as back up, though.
We have, Robbie Brady.

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Re: Stephen Ward

Post by PWBFC » Tue May 02, 2017 7:47 pm

Can only agree with the previous comments, he's been an absolute rock. All the back 4 plus Heaton have been superb and have improved massively over the last 18 months or so.

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