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Grant Ward: We’ve got no fear of the drop at Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 10:36 15 December 2016

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Grant Ward doesn’t think that Ipswich Town will get dragged into a relegation battle.

The Blues are firmly in the bottom half of table and just a handful of points above the drop zone following Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss at Birmingham City.

Mick McCarthy’s men have claimed just 14 points from their last 14 games ahead of Saturday’s trip to second-bottom Wigan.

Asked if he was worried about Town getting sucked into a dogfight, Ward said: “Never, I’m always looking up the table and not down.

“We just need a few good results and we’ll be back where we should be. We are all determined to be moving up the table in the next few weeks.

“It’s been a bit tough for us recently but we’re trying to rectify that. It doesn’t necessarily take much. It could be something little, like someone doing something brilliant in a match, to turn things for us.

“It’s such a tight league that a couple of wins will soon have us moving up.”

A summer signing from Tottenham, Ward was involved in a successful Championship relegation fight when on loan at Rotherham last season.

“We got a couple of wins and we were flying,” recalled the 21-year-old.

“It was all about belief. We got a few wins and built on them, which is what we need to do now.

“We need to string a few results together and if we can get a few 
back-to-back wins it will be a completely different season for us because the league is so tight at the moment.”

He added: “We owe it to the fans to go out and put in a good performance. I think we did it against QPR – that was a good performance from the team – and also in a few other games but we haven’t been able to do it often enough.

“As a player you can always sense it when the fans are down in the dumps and if I’m being honest I’ve felt it at Portman Road recently.

“There are a few jeers at times, maybe if we go backwards or if we lose the ball, something like that, and at the end if we haven’t won the game.

“But there’s been nothing outside of the ground – all the fans I’ve met have been fine – and the mood at the training ground is always positive.

“We know we can put things right.”

8 comments

  • Have to tell you we ladies, to a woman, feel sorry for Ward. When he first arrived at Ipswich, he declared his decision to join as a no-brainer. Sign of desperation, naivete or pressure from an unscrupulous agent, we think. The poor lamb has now discovered the brutal truth. He has been marooned in a soccer swamp. Let's hope he can escape from the morass without terminal damage to his career. Ward's situation reminds us somewhat of another Grant, who nearly met his professional end at Ipswich. Grant Leadbitter. Fine player, who, bizzarely, was persuaded to join Ipswich by Keano. We ladies immediately spotted his ability, but watched in horror as he was failed by the incompetent Irishman and panned by ignorant so-called fans. Happily, we are pleased to see Leadbitter now flourishing in his rightful place, whilst the wretched Keano has been consigned to the bin marked 'Failure'. McCarthy will soon be there to renew their friendship.

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    Rita WAG

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Wardy may be complacent, in the image of his manager but alas not even foul-mouthed No Loans can get relegated out of such a poor division. Most people had Rotherham, Wigan and Burton as relegation fodder before a ball was kicked and so it has panned out. It is impossible to get in the relegation 'fight' this season - simply because all three places are pre-booked. BUT despite stiff competition from some pretty useless teams No Loans should be able to squeeze Touts into the bottom six.

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    Pundit

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Yep! and every other team below us will be sprouting the same soundbite. Don't these players realise that they sound like a 'scratched record' week after week?? Live in the same cuckoo land as lala McCarthey. (if he can have a nickname for everyone....so can I)

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    SuperCooper

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Get out why you can Wardy otherwise MM will turn you from a free flowing attack minded midfielder with bags of potential into a defence minded quivering wreck devoid of any confidence! ! Ask Maitland Niles. MM and Evans out aka the Chuckle Brothers ! To you to me !!

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    Lee B Blue

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Another Ipswich Town employee who is living in denial !...

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    freedomf

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Mick trains his players in his own image. Collective myopia rules. We're in the relegation fight right now Grant!

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    CasperF

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • "Grant Ward doesn’t think that Ipswich Town will get dragged into a relegation battle." Of course he doesn't! He's not exactly going to come out and say 'I think Ipswich might go down this season' is he??

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    RC

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • We are the new Rotherham.

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    walberswicks

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

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