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09:31 22nd November 2012

Defender targets improved run

Stephen Ward today targeted a return to winning ways for Wolves as he insisted the team will come good under boss Ståle Solbakken.


Ward, who made his 200th league appearance for Wolves at Watford last weekend, admits results haven’t been good enough recently, far cry to an earlier spell in the season when the team won five out of six.


But he says the squad are committed to the changing style brought in by Solbakken, and have the belief they can go on the sort of run which will see Wolves climbing the table.


“There have been a lot of changes on and off the pitch so it does take time to adapt,” says the Republic of Ireland international.


“But that’s no excuse.


“We started quite well and won five out of six before this bad run.


“Everything seemed to go well then but now we’ve hit a sticky patch.


“But we know we are capable of getting back to those heights.


“We need to dust ourselves off and stick together because we are all behind what the manager wants us to do here.


“We’ve not had much luck recently and I don’t think our performances have been as bad as the results have shown.”


Having had two successive first half sendings off in the last two games – Karl Henry and then Christophe Berra which was later rescinded – Ward admits staying at full numbers will certainly help as Nottingham Forest visit Molineux on Saturday (3pm).


But he also hopes the quickfire home double against Forest and then Millwall on Tuesday could provide an upturn in fortunes.


“Hopefully we can get through a game with eleven men which will give ourselves a better chance,” he said.


“A lot of us have experienced this league and we know how tough it is.


“It is relentless with game after game and if you don’t perform teams will get a result against you.


“The run we are on is very disappointing but we’ve got a week now followed by two home games in a row to give ourselves a chance.


“I don’t think Reading had the best of starts last year and they got promotion so we will see what happens.


“I’m not going to lie and say we’re not worried about it but when you look at the league and the games that are left we still have plenty of time to rectify things.


“When you look at this league there always seems to be clubs who go on a good run after Christmas to get in contention.

“Our aim now is to stick in there, get as many points as we can, and if we can get to the turn of the year in the right half of the table then anything can happen.”



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