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Ward defends Albion defence

The Argus: Stephen Ward Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward says Albion should be proud of their defensive record, despite recent mishaps.

The Seagulls' record of 33 goals conceded is still the joint meanest in the Championship with Burnley and QPR.

Five of them have been leaked in soft fashion during a run of three straight defeats.

Left-back Ward said: "You are not going to keep clean sheets every week. It's difficult to keep clean sheets in this league so the record we've had is something we should be really proud of.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the goals we've conceded recently but we know it's going to happen. It's impossible not to concede chances in games.

"Unfortunately at the moment I think every chance we are conceding is going into the back of our net. Other teams seem to be taking their chances."

Albion look to launch a form revival at Blackburn tomorrow night.

Ward said: "Not only is it the next game but it's also our game in hand, one we've spoken about for a long time. If we go there and get a result we're right back in the hunt."

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1:15pm Mon 31 Mar 14

angmeringseagull says...

It might help if Dunk was brought back. He is the future, is quicker, and would learn by playing with Upson. We have to start playing quicker and more direct attacking football.
It might help if Dunk was brought back. He is the future, is quicker, and would learn by playing with Upson. We have to start playing quicker and more direct attacking football. angmeringseagull
  • Score: 23

1:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Gee Jay says...

Stephen Ward.......the only guy who really appears to be 'busting a gut' at present.
Perhaps he can give the team talk.

Blackburn,Barnsley and Leicester any less than four points from these games would not be acceptable after the last three results, and T.B. should be on the phone to Malky.
Nathan Jones over promised as a player and it is evident he has the same qualities as a coach.
Stephen Ward.......the only guy who really appears to be 'busting a gut' at present. Perhaps he can give the team talk. Blackburn,Barnsley and Leicester any less than four points from these games would not be acceptable after the last three results, and T.B. should be on the phone to Malky. Nathan Jones over promised as a player and it is evident he has the same qualities as a coach. Gee Jay
  • Score: 12

1:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

wiseman of hove says...

Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson.
Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed!
Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson. Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed! wiseman of hove
  • Score: 16

2:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson.
Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed!
I wouldn't argue against a return to the team for Dunk, but I'm not sure about your comment "Oscar, or whoever picks the team" - do you think Jones has more influence than an assistant usually has? If so, do you have a specific reason for thinking this?
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson. Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed![/p][/quote]I wouldn't argue against a return to the team for Dunk, but I'm not sure about your comment "Oscar, or whoever picks the team" - do you think Jones has more influence than an assistant usually has? If so, do you have a specific reason for thinking this? Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

2:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Steveg1958 says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson.
Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed!
Quite concur, there were a number of times on Saturday when Ward was running down the wing in loads of space, hands in the air screaming for a pass only to be ignored by whoever had the ball n the middle who turned and went backwards or sideways !, Hope Oscar has the guts to go for it for once tomorrow night, but I won't hold my breath. good servant as he has been Greer should be dropped and Dunk in, a forceful leader on the pitch he is not and never has been. Brian Horton would have laughed his socks off. Maybe Ward or Calde should be made team captain, or perhaps Upson. ?
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson. Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed![/p][/quote]Quite concur, there were a number of times on Saturday when Ward was running down the wing in loads of space, hands in the air screaming for a pass only to be ignored by whoever had the ball n the middle who turned and went backwards or sideways !, Hope Oscar has the guts to go for it for once tomorrow night, but I won't hold my breath. good servant as he has been Greer should be dropped and Dunk in, a forceful leader on the pitch he is not and never has been. Brian Horton would have laughed his socks off. Maybe Ward or Calde should be made team captain, or perhaps Upson. ? Steveg1958
  • Score: 7

2:31pm Mon 31 Mar 14

wiseman of hove says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
wiseman of hove wrote:
Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson.
Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed!
I wouldn't argue against a return to the team for Dunk, but I'm not sure about your comment "Oscar, or whoever picks the team" - do you think Jones has more influence than an assistant usually has? If so, do you have a specific reason for thinking this?
I simply do not know Arnie. Jones may be more influential than we would suppose.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson. Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed![/p][/quote]I wouldn't argue against a return to the team for Dunk, but I'm not sure about your comment "Oscar, or whoever picks the team" - do you think Jones has more influence than an assistant usually has? If so, do you have a specific reason for thinking this?[/p][/quote]I simply do not know Arnie. Jones may be more influential than we would suppose. wiseman of hove
  • Score: -1

3:01pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Steveg1958 says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
wiseman of hove wrote:
Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson.
Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed!
I wouldn't argue against a return to the team for Dunk, but I'm not sure about your comment "Oscar, or whoever picks the team" - do you think Jones has more influence than an assistant usually has? If so, do you have a specific reason for thinking this?
I simply do not know Arnie. Jones may be more influential than we would suppose.
Given the number of signings made who have connections with NJ, you may be more right than you think, We need a top manager and a top assistant, just because you played for Barca doesn't mean you make a good head coach, (OG) and playing most of your career in league 1, (NJ) doesn't make you a good spotter of talent or a good coach either.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: Ward should be very proud of his contribution to the cause this season. Excellent attitude and commitment. A reassuring presence alongside Upson. Oscar, or whoever picks the team, can show some real strength tomorrow night and make Ward captain, while Greer sits out on Dunk's return.It's a blindingly obvious decision for me but this is a forum. Contrary, polite views welcomed![/p][/quote]I wouldn't argue against a return to the team for Dunk, but I'm not sure about your comment "Oscar, or whoever picks the team" - do you think Jones has more influence than an assistant usually has? If so, do you have a specific reason for thinking this?[/p][/quote]I simply do not know Arnie. Jones may be more influential than we would suppose.[/p][/quote]Given the number of signings made who have connections with NJ, you may be more right than you think, We need a top manager and a top assistant, just because you played for Barca doesn't mean you make a good head coach, (OG) and playing most of your career in league 1, (NJ) doesn't make you a good spotter of talent or a good coach either. Steveg1958
  • Score: 5

3:08pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Gee Jay says...

Whatever influence Nathan Jones has, it appears ineffectual.
He was a 'one trick pony' as a player and appears to want to put Kaz in the same catagory, just using hm as an impact sub.
Where are the shots on goal, or even goals from Kaz this season?
The guy can hit the ball from distance as he used to for us, this part of his game seems to have been 'coached' out of him.
I agree with above posts, if Gordon i dropped for Dunk then make Stephen Ward captain, he has the passion to win.
As for Will Buckley, just get him fit and sell him while we can maybe get some money back . He might have better luck elsewhere.
A big re-think must take place this summer.
Whatever influence Nathan Jones has, it appears ineffectual. He was a 'one trick pony' as a player and appears to want to put Kaz in the same catagory, just using hm as an impact sub. Where are the shots on goal, or even goals from Kaz this season? The guy can hit the ball from distance as he used to for us, this part of his game seems to have been 'coached' out of him. I agree with above posts, if Gordon i dropped for Dunk then make Stephen Ward captain, he has the passion to win. As for Will Buckley, just get him fit and sell him while we can maybe get some money back . He might have better luck elsewhere. A big re-think must take place this summer. Gee Jay
  • Score: 4

3:27pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Newhavenles says...

I thought Bruno was our best attacking player but when he goes forward we need someone who can cover his right back position, All the best rapid attacks start from his side of the pitch and if he gets down as far their goal line one of the defensive mid- fielders should defend at right back as they are usually on the halfway ine anyway Steven Ward makes lots of great run down the wing but not being as excitable as Bruno (and I mean this in a nice way)knows how how far to go before retuning to left back ,plus the experience of Matt Upson with his great positional knowledge covering all of the attackers angles on the left hand side
For me,once the ball crosses the halfway line the centre mid field are jmoving the ball too slowly meaning the attackers are often coming back instead of going forward and losing momentum and the ball with their backs to the goal.Not easy for lots of players
I thought Bruno was our best attacking player but when he goes forward we need someone who can cover his right back position, All the best rapid attacks start from his side of the pitch and if he gets down as far their goal line one of the defensive mid- fielders should defend at right back as they are usually on the halfway ine anyway Steven Ward makes lots of great run down the wing but not being as excitable as Bruno (and I mean this in a nice way)knows how how far to go before retuning to left back ,plus the experience of Matt Upson with his great positional knowledge covering all of the attackers angles on the left hand side For me,once the ball crosses the halfway line the centre mid field are jmoving the ball too slowly meaning the attackers are often coming back instead of going forward and losing momentum and the ball with their backs to the goal.Not easy for lots of players Newhavenles
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Gee Jay wrote:
Whatever influence Nathan Jones has, it appears ineffectual.
He was a 'one trick pony' as a player and appears to want to put Kaz in the same catagory, just using hm as an impact sub.
Where are the shots on goal, or even goals from Kaz this season?
The guy can hit the ball from distance as he used to for us, this part of his game seems to have been 'coached' out of him.
I agree with above posts, if Gordon i dropped for Dunk then make Stephen Ward captain, he has the passion to win.
As for Will Buckley, just get him fit and sell him while we can maybe get some money back . He might have better luck elsewhere.
A big re-think must take place this summer.
Kaz has had over 50 shots on goal this season (not bad for a player who never has 90 minutes in him), so if the coaches are teaching him one thing, we can be sure it's not to be scared of shooting.
[quote][p][bold]Gee Jay[/bold] wrote: Whatever influence Nathan Jones has, it appears ineffectual. He was a 'one trick pony' as a player and appears to want to put Kaz in the same catagory, just using hm as an impact sub. Where are the shots on goal, or even goals from Kaz this season? The guy can hit the ball from distance as he used to for us, this part of his game seems to have been 'coached' out of him. I agree with above posts, if Gordon i dropped for Dunk then make Stephen Ward captain, he has the passion to win. As for Will Buckley, just get him fit and sell him while we can maybe get some money back . He might have better luck elsewhere. A big re-think must take place this summer.[/p][/quote]Kaz has had over 50 shots on goal this season (not bad for a player who never has 90 minutes in him), so if the coaches are teaching him one thing, we can be sure it's not to be scared of shooting. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

3:38pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Newhavenles wrote:
I thought Bruno was our best attacking player but when he goes forward we need someone who can cover his right back position, All the best rapid attacks start from his side of the pitch and if he gets down as far their goal line one of the defensive mid- fielders should defend at right back as they are usually on the halfway ine anyway Steven Ward makes lots of great run down the wing but not being as excitable as Bruno (and I mean this in a nice way)knows how how far to go before retuning to left back ,plus the experience of Matt Upson with his great positional knowledge covering all of the attackers angles on the left hand side
For me,once the ball crosses the halfway line the centre mid field are jmoving the ball too slowly meaning the attackers are often coming back instead of going forward and losing momentum and the ball with their backs to the goal.Not easy for lots of players
One thing I noticed on Saturday was that whenever Bruno was over the halfway line (which seemed to be most of the match) Greer moved over almost to right-back with either Andrews or Ince covering the large space between the CBs, which is very nearly what you suggest.

I think I said on another story that the back four plus a CDM play as a W, with the movement of one influencing the positions of the others.
[quote][p][bold]Newhavenles[/bold] wrote: I thought Bruno was our best attacking player but when he goes forward we need someone who can cover his right back position, All the best rapid attacks start from his side of the pitch and if he gets down as far their goal line one of the defensive mid- fielders should defend at right back as they are usually on the halfway ine anyway Steven Ward makes lots of great run down the wing but not being as excitable as Bruno (and I mean this in a nice way)knows how how far to go before retuning to left back ,plus the experience of Matt Upson with his great positional knowledge covering all of the attackers angles on the left hand side For me,once the ball crosses the halfway line the centre mid field are jmoving the ball too slowly meaning the attackers are often coming back instead of going forward and losing momentum and the ball with their backs to the goal.Not easy for lots of players[/p][/quote]One thing I noticed on Saturday was that whenever Bruno was over the halfway line (which seemed to be most of the match) Greer moved over almost to right-back with either Andrews or Ince covering the large space between the CBs, which is very nearly what you suggest. I think I said on another story that the back four plus a CDM play as a W, with the movement of one influencing the positions of the others. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 5

5:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

The Bosch says...

See Dunk and his family are out in force again today.You will soon see how wonderful it is next season.Not even mid-table next season.
See Dunk and his family are out in force again today.You will soon see how wonderful it is next season.Not even mid-table next season. The Bosch
  • Score: -19

5:58pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Newhavenles says...

I think I was more suggesting that Greer stays In the half back position as he is more effective there and the central defenders are more mobile and tenacious helping us to keep our shape
I think I was more suggesting that Greer stays In the half back position as he is more effective there and the central defenders are more mobile and tenacious helping us to keep our shape Newhavenles
  • Score: 0

7:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Newhavenles wrote:
I think I was more suggesting that Greer stays In the half back position as he is more effective there and the central defenders are more mobile and tenacious helping us to keep our shape
Fair point, but I'm not sure I'd be happy with Ince covering right-back.
[quote][p][bold]Newhavenles[/bold] wrote: I think I was more suggesting that Greer stays In the half back position as he is more effective there and the central defenders are more mobile and tenacious helping us to keep our shape[/p][/quote]Fair point, but I'm not sure I'd be happy with Ince covering right-back. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

10:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Newhavenles says...

Ex-pat
I think you are probably right about ince.
Ex-pat I think you are probably right about ince. Newhavenles
  • Score: 0

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