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12:18 2nd November 2012

Ward ready for Burnley test

Stephen Ward says Wolves are heading to Burnley keen to return to winning ways but conscious of a Clarets side in fine fettle thanks to free-scoring Charlie Austin and new boss Sean Dyche.


Austin has notched 18 goals so far this season, putting Wolves’ third best defensive record in the division under threat, while there is also the prospect of the ‘new manager effect’ after Dyche took the reins this week following Eddie Howe’s return to Bournemouth.


So Ward knows it will be tough, but says Wolves remain in confident mood and keen to return to the form which saw them win five games in six prior to the last three.


“We’ve been disappointed with the results we’ve got over the last three games but performance-wise, at stages of games, we’ve probably  played as well as we have all year - like in the first half against Bolton and probably the same against Charlton,” says Ward.


“Our problem has been killing teams off and seeing games out, that’s something we will have to learn and get better at.

“Huddersfield and Cardiff are the only two performances we’ve been disappointed with all season - and having said that Huddersfield was a real game of two halves and we should have got something.

“In a lot of games we’ve been very good in parts. We’re a little disappointed we’re not higher up the table, closer to the top.

“We went on that run winning five out of six and were playing fantastically well. The last three games have let us down a little bit.


“We’ve still lost only two in nine but a couple of draws can make all the difference.

“You really need to be winning games and that’s what we’re aiming to do.”


Wolves are putting an impressive Turf Moor record on the line tomorrow, but Ward is more than aware of the challenge standing in their way if they want to continue that record.


“As an attacking side they look really good,” he added.


“Like us, they’ll be disappointed not to be higher up the table in terms of those goals scored.

“It’ll be a tough game but we’re looking to get another win on the board as quickly as possible.

“Charlie Austin has got some record, and they’ve chipped in from a few other areas too so we’ll have to be careful and keep them as quiet as we can.

“I’ve also heard really good things about Sean Dyche as a manager.

“My good friend Michael Kightly rates him really highly from his loan spell at Watford last season. And he’s a very good appointment for Burnley.


“It’s always a danger when you play a team with a new manager because of the atmosphere around the club.


“Hopefully we can overturn that.”


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