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Stephen Ward

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by Tom, Nov 29, 2008.

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  1. Tom

    Tom Senior Member

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    Who are the full backs for the Republic of Ireland at the moment? Ward has been absolutely immense all season! Another superb performance today. Surely there can't be anyone better than him at the moment. Trappatoni - have you been to the mol yet this season? You are missing a trick here. :confused:
     
  2. WolvesAreBoringOnCeefax

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    Dunno, but him and Foley seen on a good day would surely impress ol' Trap.
     
  3. Tom

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    Who are their first choice left and right back?
     
  4. blaenboy

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    In reply to the question,the current full backs,at least for the last couple of matches, for Ireland are McShane and Kilbane. Foley would be superiorro mcShane by some way and whilst he is in the squad-and on the bench last time out-he is a victim of Traps conservatism. Ward has played for Ireland B and did well. Much as I like Kilbane as an honest trier,Ward's performance today was absolutely outstanding and I would have him in ahead of Kilbane now. However,Trappatoni just does not go to matches,so there is little chance of him seeing Ward in action . Amazing for a manager who earns 2m Euros a year.
     
  5. Wolv3nsam

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    McShane and O'Shea played in their last friendly at RB, their LB might be Kilbane?
     
  6. Dewsburywolf

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    Use your contacts Mick your adopted country needs our guys at the back. :)
     
  7. WolvesAreBoringOnCeefax

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    Just seen the highlights and my god that was a touch by Ward to beat their defender before giving it to SEB for the goal! That's the thing with him I suppose, natural attacking instincts mean he can make an impact when going forward.
     
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    Ward could certainly do a job wide left now :)
     
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    agreed Ward was superb today. He has made that slot his own
     
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    Simply outstanding today.

    Looks like he's played at LB all his career.
     
  11. WolvesAreBoringOnCeefax

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    Is Hill fit yet? Not heard anything about him for a few weeks, if fit he'll not be getting in the side for a while with Ward playing as he has been!
     
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    Great performance by Ward. Elokobi is going to struggle to feature when he gest fit. Looking at individual performances today, all the defenders could step up to the Premiership. Central midfield is a problem area and obviously left wing. Looking at the Reading and Birmingham games we have lost the midfield battle and don't look comfortable when the pace and intensity is stepped up a notch.
     
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    Uncle, you are just about right in terms of what we have to buy if we go up.
     
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    He's been fit for a couple of weeks now hasn't he? Just can't displace Wardinho.
     
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    ward was really on the game today and although i would think twice before moving him to the left wing and bringing in hill at lb it would probably give the team more balance till jarvo comes back.
     
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    Between Ward and Foley for my Man of the Season so far but I think I would give it to Ward just for the versatility. Remember when he came and had a few good games and scored a couple of goals. We thought he was OK but then he faded completely and he was our 5th choice striker. Then Mick made the " surprise up his sleeve announcement " and we were all sceptical. What a revelation! SW you're the man !
     
  17. WolvesAreBoringOnCeefax

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    If Jarvis can be phased back in over the next month or so, we could start January with a Foley - Kightly and Ward - Jarvis wide combination, plus any players we sign/loan... when you add Stearman and Mancienne in the centre with Iwelumo and SEB upfront, Jones and Henry begin to look the weak point... and they aint even bad!!! Seriously those 4 out wide would be great, can you imagine if Jarvis had been playing today, their RB was awful and we could've kept Kites out on the other side causing havoc over their (I realise this is sailing very close to the 'Havoc & Mayhem' taboo, but believe me, I want nothing less than that to catch on);)
     
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    Agree totally festa. We lost the midfield battle today.
     
  19. Dewsburywolf

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    Totally agree on that WABOC. Having Jarvis on his way back is mouthwatering. Can't wait to have him back. And to think we're 6 points clear at the top without Jarvis is almost unbelievable.
     
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    And also, as I alluded to, if needed we can surely attract some big players in Jan. The likes of Ebanks-Blake came here when we were trundling along around 9th, imagine what players will think a year on with a stronger squad and being around the top 3 (not gonna count chickens by saying top!)
     
  21. Lets leave Wardy at left-back where he's becoming more and more comfortable, but we really have problem at left-midfield-wing. Sadly Micky Gray is nearing the end of his career and only filling a shirt most games. As for Keogh.......sorry fans, he was a hopeless winger when he was in form and now he's out of form he's even worse.
     
  22. Dewsburywolf

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    Don't worry Hatch End Jarvis should be back by mid December. Only 2 or 3 games to "muddle through" as it were.
     
  23. Polak

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    Ward is the suprise of the season. I'd love to see him called up to the ROI squad.

    If any Facebook users want to join my Stephen Ward Appreciation Group and show support to the best left back in the division, feel free. I also started the Dave Edwards group too. Salopian and Irish bias ;)
     
  24. Really impressed with him today Excellent performance !

    Well Done Wardy
     
  25. Dewsburywolf

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    I'm sure I read somewhere that Neill Collins had moved to Telford. :rolleyes:
     
  26. Polak

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    Good for him, can't think why though.
     
  27. For me Stephen Ward is without a doubt the surprise package of the season thus far.

    This time last year if someone had told me he could play 'squeak' position, let alone be one of our most consistant performers i'd have laughed in his face.

    This guy deserves all the praise he is getting and surely it's only a matter of time before international recognition comes his way.
     
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    Wardy has been fantastic the last dozen games. Good luck to him.
     
  29. sean from oz

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    The thing about Ward is he played under severe duress last season with injury but he still played which says a lot about his character> The true player he is resembles the one we are seeing now
     
  30. George Berry's Afro

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    The guy's been a revelation. I'll hold my hands up, I said many times that he wasn't good enough at this level. Even after a few games at the back he looked vulnerable and was being targetted by the opposition. However the last 6 or so games he's looked superb, he didn't give McFadden a sniff yesterday. He also gives us an option going forward now as demonstrated by his assist.
     
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    I've always said Steven Ward is a good footballer, I had no doubts he could play at fullback and he's just getting better and better!
     
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    Hill is fit and was warming up on the pitch yesterday with three other players that never made the bench
     
  33. jayeff17

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    What a star Wardy was today I think his confidence is sky high at the moment especially after the knock he took in the first half
     
  34. WolvesAreBoringOnCeefax

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    Was another time he made a run forward, passed to someone and then you could see his strikers brain click in, got it back and surged into the box... and similarly those two(?) runs forward from Stearman weren't bad either!
     
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    In actual fact McShane and Kilbane started in the full back positions for Ireland against Poland. McShane was substituted in the second half and Bruce came on. O'Shea then moved out to cover McShanes's position and Bruce played centre half. A report earlier in the season in one of the Irish papers suggested that Liam Brady visited Molineux to assess Keogh and Foley but came away singing Ward's praises. I don't recall him making the Irish panel since, though.
     
  36. WolvesAreBoringOnCeefax

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    Ward played against Nottingham Forest with the Ireland XI didn't he (as did Keogh & Foley IIRC)? Must be on the radar, and surely a continuation of these performances will get him at least in the squad???

    Here's a question, what do we see for Ward now? Will he ever be a striker again?
     
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    He did play for Ireland B in that game-and was watched by Trappatoni. He played very well,though Foley was MOM in my view (as with Sheff U he was moved to midfield in 2nd half and did very well also).Potter also played in that game and was OK.
     
  38. ProudWolf

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    No I doubt he will play many games upfront at all. I class him as a fully fledged left back who will also play left midfield at times.
     
  39. fullmoon

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    To be honest, watching the match live on telly in Singapore, the back four stood out even though Stearman mistake that leads to the goal. What worries me is the ability of Hennessy to rule the six yard area.

    Everytime the corners comes in,i get the jitteries because he would actually stood in the goal line expecting the players to clear even though at times it seems like it was his ball for the taking.
    Maybe he is lightweight. No doubt,he is a good shot stopper but its this sort of set pieces like corners is where the opponent gets on us.

    I hope to see him coming out more and ruling this area.
    I am quite pleased with the draw. Can't ask too much.
    Either way, we could have won too.

    Wardie and Foley should get a call up;)
     
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    I think Ward was great yesterday and the fact that he is tall and an ex-winger, makes him a good fullback, able to also attack, as we all have seen, with him giving the final ball to SEB for the equalizer. How he kept the ball and passed it to SEB was a masterpiece.
     

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