Danny itching to get back in the action
After seven games in 21 days, the international break was probably welcomed by the majority of the Town squad – but not by Danny Ward!
The former Bolton man returned from injury to make his first start of the season against Watford just over a week ago and scored his first goal of the campaign to put his side ahead, albeit in an eventual 2-1 defeat.
“We’ve had a lot of games and so the international break was welcome, but from a personal point of view I haven’t played that much this season and I would have liked to carry on after getting back in the team,” Danny told htafc.com.
“It was great that I could score on my first start of the season against Watford, but the main thing was to try and get the three points. That didn’t happen against a good side, so we have to refocus now.”
Danny played on the left of the advanced trio playing off James Vaughan in a 4-2-3-1 formation and got into the penalty area to good affect; never more so than for his header that converted Adam Hammill’s cross in the 17th minute. Getting into the area more is something that Ward wants to do moving forward, as he explained:
“The Manager has spoken with me about the possibility of playing more centrally and supporting ‘Vaughany’; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. At the start of my career I was a striker and, playing a little more centrally now, I have the chance to show the fans and the technical staff that I can play there.”
The Terriers sit 13th in the Sky Bet Championship after the opening 11 fixtures of the season and Danny believes they are in a decent position:
“We’ve done alright. We want to stay in and around the top half of the division so that we are challenging come the end of the season. We’re in and amongst it at the moment and the league is still very tight, so that’s a positive. We started well last season too, but it feels different this season. I think we’ll carry on in the way we’ve started.”
Next up is the tough trip to high-flying Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Saturday – a game Danny is relishing.
“We’ve all rested up and the preparation has begun for the game at Leicester on Saturday. It’s another big game and I always look forward to playing in any good stadium against a good team.
“With the squad that we have, I don’t believe there is any team that we cannot beat in this league so we’ll go there full of confidence.
“First and foremost I want to be in the starting XI; that’s the main thing. After that, it would be good to get another goal!”
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