Danny on Saturday’s tough test against the Hornets
Town winger Danny Ward is relishing Saturday’s npower Championship clash at home to Watford as he looks to continue his eye-catching run of form.
The former Bolton man has burst back onto the scene at Town with a series of impressive performances down the left flank coinciding with the team’s run of three straight wins and six games unbeaten.
“We know we’ve got a great squad and we know we can do well in this League, but we needed to back that up on Saturdays by getting the wins. Some of the performances have been fantastic and everyone around the place is buzzing – we’re excited for the next game. It’s a good place to be at the moment,” Danny told htafc.com.
The latest win came in front of the Sky TV cameras at heavily-fancied Blackpool and Danny believes this may have announced Town’s arrival in the Championship to the rest of the division.
“We knew Blackpool are a good side – they had enjoyed a great start to the season – and we went there with a game-plan that came off. To get the three points is massive and I think it shows that there is nobody in this League we can’t take three points from.
“We’re not going to get carried away, but we didn’t come into this League just looking to make up the numbers. We’ve always known we have the players in our squad to keep progressing and perhaps Monday’s win has put a statement out to other teams.”
Wardy’s return to form has been heralded by the Town faithful and the winger explained that it is down to hard work on the training field with the Club’s technical staff.
“I had a bad start this season, missing Cardiff through injury. ‘Scanz’ (Sean Scannell) was in there doing really well, but I got my chance we he picked up an injury and I’ve had to take it.
“I’ve worked with the Gaffer, ‘Dusty’ (Ian Miller) and ‘Snods’ (Glynn Snodin) to get my game right – mainly on my positional sense and on being more positive when I get the ball – to drive at the defence. They have great experience in football and listening to them has really helped me; I just need to keep my performances up now.
“A good thing at this Club is that you can’t relax. Obviously I have ‘Scanz’ fighting for my position as well as Adam Hammill when he’s back fit. I can’t sit back; I have to keep working hard in training to keep my place in the team.
“There is a fantastic camaraderie between the lads though. Everyone gets on and has a good laugh – it’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve been involved in.
“You get a little bit more time on the ball in the Championship too, but you’re playing against better players. It’s a good place to play football and I’m really enjoying it.”
Next up for Danny and co is Saturday’s home test against Gianfranco Zola’s Hornets; a dangerous side with a very large squad of players to choose from.
“We want to win and we know that we have the players in our team to beat anybody in the League. We can’t rest on things though – we have to work hard, putting 100% in. If we do that I’m sure we’ll be alright.
“If we can pick up three points on Saturday we know we will go first and that is a bit of an incentive for us, although obviously Brighton play a bit later on. It’s crazy to think we are effectively only four League places behind Liverpool at the moment – it’s a good place to be! We’re aiming to keep picking up the points and we’re looking forward to Saturday.”
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