Ward backs rotation policy for Albion's cup replay

Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

STEPHEN Ward has backed the rotation policy of Albion head coach Oscar Garcia in the FA Cup - even though he is one of the victims.

Oscar utilised his squad for the victories against Reading and Port Vale and last Monday's draw with Hull at the Amex.

The Spaniard is likely to make even more changes for tonight's fifth round replay against Hull at the KC Stadium, so soon after Saturday's clash against Wigan.

Left-back Ward, rested so far throughout the FA Cup run, said: "You have got to look at it as a squad game these days. Of course everyone wants to play and you want to be involved in big games in the FA Cup but our priority is more so probably the League and the club would probably agree with that.

"But it is nice to go and do well in the Cup and the changes that have happened haven't really affected the side. We've put in some great performances and hopefully we can continue, because I think playing games and playing well becomes a habit.

"You should never not want to be in a competition and we want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup as well and hopefully make it a memorable year in that as well for the fans and for the club."

The quick turnaround after the Wigan match is due to a UEFA rule preventing a televised clash with Champions League fixtures.

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8:33am Mon 24 Feb 14

Sheil says...

Have to say the squad as a whole appear more than capable of putting on a very good performance.........
..Things are a changing as they say!
Got to be for the better.

Bring it on tonight! UTA
Have to say the squad as a whole appear more than capable of putting on a very good performance......... ..Things are a changing as they say! Got to be for the better. Bring it on tonight! UTA Sheil
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9:08am Mon 24 Feb 14

woodcroft says...

If Mr Ward defends as he did for goal number 2 ( Wigan's Goal ) on Saturday. then we would be better off if he was in Wolverhampton.
Hope we will not be silly enough to sign him up in the Summer!
If Mr Ward defends as he did for goal number 2 ( Wigan's Goal ) on Saturday. then we would be better off if he was in Wolverhampton. Hope we will not be silly enough to sign him up in the Summer! woodcroft
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10:13am Mon 24 Feb 14

SeagullShoey30 says...

woodcroft wrote:
If Mr Ward defends as he did for goal number 2 ( Wigan's Goal ) on Saturday. then we would be better off if he was in Wolverhampton.
Hope we will not be silly enough to sign him up in the Summer!
I take it you have not seen much of Albion games this season??? I think he has been a very good player for us and has filled a big whole left from Wayne bridge last year. He gives 100% every game and has scored and assisted some vital goals. UTA
[quote][p][bold]woodcroft[/bold] wrote: If Mr Ward defends as he did for goal number 2 ( Wigan's Goal ) on Saturday. then we would be better off if he was in Wolverhampton. Hope we will not be silly enough to sign him up in the Summer![/p][/quote]I take it you have not seen much of Albion games this season??? I think he has been a very good player for us and has filled a big whole left from Wayne bridge last year. He gives 100% every game and has scored and assisted some vital goals. UTA SeagullShoey30
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11:22am Mon 24 Feb 14

Neville says...

attn woodcroft,
Look at the replays and you will see Ward was actually fouled by the scorer.
To my mind he has been a good solid signing and I hope we keep him.
attn woodcroft, Look at the replays and you will see Ward was actually fouled by the scorer. To my mind he has been a good solid signing and I hope we keep him. Neville
  • Score: 13

12:58pm Mon 24 Feb 14

thetungsten says...

seriously what is the point- why have we bothered with Obika and Spanish Dave 2!! we only play 1 up front and already have 2 back ups!! why have another bench warmer that adds to the wage bill. Send Obika packing before recruiting another. We are already paying for 2 crocks in CMS and Hoskins.

Albions setup is not going to appeal to a top marksman- they only have to look at Lita and Obika to know they aint going to get any minutes.
seriously what is the point- why have we bothered with Obika and Spanish Dave 2!! we only play 1 up front and already have 2 back ups!! why have another bench warmer that adds to the wage bill. Send Obika packing before recruiting another. We are already paying for 2 crocks in CMS and Hoskins. Albions setup is not going to appeal to a top marksman- they only have to look at Lita and Obika to know they aint going to get any minutes. thetungsten
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2:04pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Dunk 2 blame says...

Neville wrote:
attn woodcroft,
Look at the replays and you will see Ward was actually fouled by the scorer.
To my mind he has been a good solid signing and I hope we keep him.
If Wolves come back up his going back my friend.Good post Neville.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: attn woodcroft, Look at the replays and you will see Ward was actually fouled by the scorer. To my mind he has been a good solid signing and I hope we keep him.[/p][/quote]If Wolves come back up his going back my friend.Good post Neville. Dunk 2 blame
  • Score: -1

3:52pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Yogi says...

Might be an idea to play Chicksen with Ward in front of him tonight.
Might be an idea to play Chicksen with Ward in front of him tonight. Yogi
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