Albion loan ace reveals goal method

Stephen Ward just concentrated on keeping the ball down - and it paid off

Stephen Ward just concentrated on keeping the ball down - and it paid off

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Stephen Ward has revealed what went through his mind as he struck Albion's vital equaliser at Nottingham Forest.

The left-back on loan from Wolves scored with a right foot drive following a corner to get the Seagulls back in the game at the City Ground early in the second half.

The significance of Ward's fourth goal this year, at the ground where he was sent-off last season with Wolves, was emphasised when Leo Ulloa nodded the late winner from Craig Mackail-Smith's cross to grab the final play-off spot from Reading.

Ward told The Argus: "We said at half-time it was important we got the next goal. We weren't great in the first half, we looked a bit off it.

"Credit to them. They forced us into maybe changing the way we played but second half we really went for it and it was important to get the first goal.

"I was grateful it went in. When it came to me I just thought 'keep this bloody thing down!' Thankfully I did and it nestled in the bottom corner.

"It gave us a platform really to go on. As the game wore on and we were coming into the last ten minutes we needed a goal and the management made some really bold substitutions, put a lot of attacking players on the pitch.

"Kaz (Kazenga LuaLua) made a massive difference and I was delighted to see Macca (Craig Mackail-Snith) come on and have the impact we all know he can have. To put a ball in like that was fantastic, especially at that stage of the game.

"Leo's done what he does best. He's an absolute menace in that box. We're very grateful to have him in our side."

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12:28pm Sun 4 May 14

Gee Jay says...

This guy has been great for us and there is still time for him to bag another goal over the play off matches! Let's hope he brings a touch of Irish luck to the team.
UTA!
This guy has been great for us and there is still time for him to bag another goal over the play off matches! Let's hope he brings a touch of Irish luck to the team. UTA! Gee Jay
  • Score: 35

12:39pm Sun 4 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

I don't see how we could even contemplate going into next season without him, he has proven his worth so many times.
I don't see how we could even contemplate going into next season without him, he has proven his worth so many times. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 38

1:00pm Sun 4 May 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

There is life after Bridge, I think we all thought it was impossible to replace Bridge, but Ward has been outstanding, without doubt one of the players of the year, I hope we keep him, promoted or not
There is life after Bridge, I think we all thought it was impossible to replace Bridge, but Ward has been outstanding, without doubt one of the players of the year, I hope we keep him, promoted or not Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 33

1:59pm Sun 4 May 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

One of the first jobs to get done is sign up Wardy (Stephen Ward) for next season. Personally, I think he's better than Wayne Bridge. UTA
Why does the Argus put players full names in the script. We know who Kaz and Macca are.
One of the first jobs to get done is sign up Wardy (Stephen Ward) for next season. Personally, I think he's better than Wayne Bridge. UTA Why does the Argus put players full names in the script. We know who Kaz and Macca are. Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 19

3:19pm Sun 4 May 14

Seagulls via LCFC says...

Another great game from Ward. Sign him!!!
Another great game from Ward. Sign him!!! Seagulls via LCFC
  • Score: 15

3:37pm Sun 4 May 14

graham w says...

It was a good goal, at a good time wardy has proved a ood loanee, ot some goals very good crosser of ball hope he stays.. well done ses you thurs.. what an atmsphere yesterday electric,away game are awsome...
It was a good goal, at a good time wardy has proved a ood loanee, ot some goals very good crosser of ball hope he stays.. well done ses you thurs.. what an atmsphere yesterday electric,away game are awsome... graham w
  • Score: 12

3:43pm Sun 4 May 14

Hovite says...

A very well taken strikers goal. Ward has been great for us.
A very well taken strikers goal. Ward has been great for us. Hovite
  • Score: 12

8:36pm Sun 4 May 14

Guernsey gull says...

Yes, no doubt Bridge was class , but my goodness what a replacement we have found.
No sign of Mr Bridge yesterday, but Mr Ward was very noticeable, and what a a good goal that was, and so ,so important at that stage of the game.
Surely offering this man a contract is now a must do thing !
Seagulls !
Yes, no doubt Bridge was class , but my goodness what a replacement we have found. No sign of Mr Bridge yesterday, but Mr Ward was very noticeable, and what a a good goal that was, and so ,so important at that stage of the game. Surely offering this man a contract is now a must do thing ! Seagulls ! Guernsey gull
  • Score: 11

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