Ward eyes left back spot at Burnley

Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

STEPHEN Ward is aiming to challenge for the left back position at Burnley as he prepares to make his debut at Swansea City tomorrow.

Ward completed his move from Wolverhampton Wanderers late on Friday night – after choosing Burnley instead of a switch to Brighton, where he spent last season on loan.

The Republic of Ireland international was not eligible to make his first appearance for the Clarets in Monday’s season opener against Chelsea but he is available for tomorrow’s trip to the Liberty Stadium.

He could provide competition for Ben Mee, who had a difficult Premier League debut at left back against Chelsea.

Ward is capable of playing at full back, in a wide midfield role or even in support of a lone striker.

But asked what he saw as his best position, he said: “I think predominantly left back.

“The manager wants competition everywhere.

“I think that’s what you need when you get promoted.

“It’s a very tough season and you need competition in every position and strong competition to keep everyone on their toes.

“I think he’s building a squad that's getting towards two players for every position, which is what you need because when you’re out there on that training pitch you need everyone to be on the same page.

“You can get hampered with injuries and suspensions and players need to be ready to come in, especially at this level.”

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12:39pm Fri 22 Aug 14

George Oghani's Ironing Board says...

Sky + MOTD,DAOF,cant wait, down by February.RTID
Sky + MOTD,DAOF,cant wait, down by February.RTID George Oghani's Ironing Board
  • Score: -11

12:59pm Fri 22 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

George Oghani's Ironing Board wrote:
Sky + MOTD,DAOF,cant wait, down by February.RTID
I dont think us Rovers will be down by Feb, I think we'll hold on until at least March. And sorry to break the news to you but we're no longer good enough to appear on MOTD, that priviledge is reserved for Premier League sides like Burnley, to see our lot we have to stay up late for the last slot on the Football League Show. And as you well know neither you or I can afford such luxuries as Sky TV or indeed TV, and so we'll have to make do with steaming up the windows of Currys on a Saturday afternoon as we wait for the results that usually knock the wind out of us. And now with Rhodes on his way we've really got nothing to look forward to, so perhaps you're right, I cant wait either until we're put out of our Championship misery, we are simply not good enough at this level. Lets look forward to being a big fish in League One, picking up our rivalry with PNE and looking down on tiny Accrington Stanley. Thats where our future lies.
[quote][p][bold]George Oghani's Ironing Board[/bold] wrote: Sky + MOTD,DAOF,cant wait, down by February.RTID[/p][/quote]I dont think us Rovers will be down by Feb, I think we'll hold on until at least March. And sorry to break the news to you but we're no longer good enough to appear on MOTD, that priviledge is reserved for Premier League sides like Burnley, to see our lot we have to stay up late for the last slot on the Football League Show. And as you well know neither you or I can afford such luxuries as Sky TV or indeed TV, and so we'll have to make do with steaming up the windows of Currys on a Saturday afternoon as we wait for the results that usually knock the wind out of us. And now with Rhodes on his way we've really got nothing to look forward to, so perhaps you're right, I cant wait either until we're put out of our Championship misery, we are simply not good enough at this level. Lets look forward to being a big fish in League One, picking up our rivalry with PNE and looking down on tiny Accrington Stanley. Thats where our future lies. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: 11

1:17pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

George Oghani's Ironing Board wrote:
Sky + MOTD,DAOF,cant wait, down by February.RTID
mid table Division Two club, Rhodes going, no firepower, Bowyer sacked by October
[quote][p][bold]George Oghani's Ironing Board[/bold] wrote: Sky + MOTD,DAOF,cant wait, down by February.RTID[/p][/quote]mid table Division Two club, Rhodes going, no firepower, Bowyer sacked by October Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: 7

1:50pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Claretcert says...

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse wrote:
George Oghani's Ironing Board wrote:
Sky + MOTD,DAOF,cant wait, down by February.RTID
mid table Division Two club, Rhodes going, no firepower, Bowyer sacked by October
Am thinking that with our strike force fit, Ings, Vokes, Barnes, Juke, Sordell -are there any in Rovers squad that would put the first 2 on the bench? Rhodes would squeeze between Vokes and Barnes maybe, Gestede wouldn't come before Juke. So if we go 5,4,3,2,1 - at points per place in the pecking orders, we have 9 against 5 more like 4. Out strike force, being objective rather than partisan, is twice theirs. Do the same with the midfield or back 5 and it's the same. All over the pitch we are so much stronger, stronger even than last time we played. And they haven't finished selling and we haven't finished buying. So they can scoff, but they are weaker year by year. Every season they get more like a club looking like it's going to struggle. Ward? They aren't even able to sign anyone near. Do the same with our squad and Chelsea and I put Ings 5th choice or 1 point up top to their 9. Difference is we know the gap they just blather on like they never left the PL and are not risking going bust anytime.
[quote][p][bold]Chuck Norris' Roundhouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George Oghani's Ironing Board[/bold] wrote: Sky + MOTD,DAOF,cant wait, down by February.RTID[/p][/quote]mid table Division Two club, Rhodes going, no firepower, Bowyer sacked by October[/p][/quote]Am thinking that with our strike force fit, Ings, Vokes, Barnes, Juke, Sordell -are there any in Rovers squad that would put the first 2 on the bench? Rhodes would squeeze between Vokes and Barnes maybe, Gestede wouldn't come before Juke. So if we go 5,4,3,2,1 - at points per place in the pecking orders, we have 9 against 5 more like 4. Out strike force, being objective rather than partisan, is twice theirs. Do the same with the midfield or back 5 and it's the same. All over the pitch we are so much stronger, stronger even than last time we played. And they haven't finished selling and we haven't finished buying. So they can scoff, but they are weaker year by year. Every season they get more like a club looking like it's going to struggle. Ward? They aren't even able to sign anyone near. Do the same with our squad and Chelsea and I put Ings 5th choice or 1 point up top to their 9. Difference is we know the gap they just blather on like they never left the PL and are not risking going bust anytime. Claretcert
  • Score: 8

2:21pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Dublin Claret says...

Watched Wardy play at left full afew times for wolves.
Positional play suspect, get his angles wrong, good going forward though.
Think l'd feel safer with Mee there at the moment.
Watched Wardy play at left full afew times for wolves. Positional play suspect, get his angles wrong, good going forward though. Think l'd feel safer with Mee there at the moment. Dublin Claret
  • Score: 5

2:29pm Fri 22 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Dublin Claret wrote:
Watched Wardy play at left full afew times for wolves.
Positional play suspect, get his angles wrong, good going forward though.
Think l'd feel safer with Mee there at the moment.
Spot on, we've just signed another div 1 floater
[quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: Watched Wardy play at left full afew times for wolves. Positional play suspect, get his angles wrong, good going forward though. Think l'd feel safer with Mee there at the moment.[/p][/quote]Spot on, we've just signed another div 1 floater AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -7

2:38pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Claretcert says...

Dublin Claret wrote:
Watched Wardy play at left full afew times for wolves.
Positional play suspect, get his angles wrong, good going forward though.
Think l'd feel safer with Mee there at the moment.
I wonder if that's part of the thinking? Mee in a more defensive set up Ward to change things if we need to go forward more? I did think he might move Mee into centre but Duff had a good game Monday. Nothing he could do about Costas goal really.
[quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: Watched Wardy play at left full afew times for wolves. Positional play suspect, get his angles wrong, good going forward though. Think l'd feel safer with Mee there at the moment.[/p][/quote]I wonder if that's part of the thinking? Mee in a more defensive set up Ward to change things if we need to go forward more? I did think he might move Mee into centre but Duff had a good game Monday. Nothing he could do about Costas goal really. Claretcert
  • Score: 4

4:39pm Fri 22 Aug 14

McClaret says...

Left back looks our weakest spot and I am far from convinced by Kightly at this level as others obviously have been. My fear with Kightly is he will pass back too much to Mee like he did on Monday which invites the opposition on and puts added pressure on the defence. If he is to support Mee better then he will need to turn and run at defences and beat the full back or hold up to allow Mee to overlap. Fail to do this and we are left only being able to attack down one flank. Obviously not going to judge only on the Chelski match, tomorrow should be interesting.
Would love the left side to look as strong as the right side and I would have much more confidence.

ClaretCert, spot on re Duff, thought he had a great game on Monday, as did a few others.
UTC
Left back looks our weakest spot and I am far from convinced by Kightly at this level as others obviously have been. My fear with Kightly is he will pass back too much to Mee like he did on Monday which invites the opposition on and puts added pressure on the defence. If he is to support Mee better then he will need to turn and run at defences and beat the full back or hold up to allow Mee to overlap. Fail to do this and we are left only being able to attack down one flank. Obviously not going to judge only on the Chelski match, tomorrow should be interesting. Would love the left side to look as strong as the right side and I would have much more confidence. ClaretCert, spot on re Duff, thought he had a great game on Monday, as did a few others. UTC McClaret
  • Score: 0
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