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Ward impresses Solbakken despite mistake

Stephen Ward may well have been to blame for one of the goals the Republic of Ireland conceded against Croatia, but he still managed to impress his new Wolves boss.

Ward`s attempted clearance during the game could only be sliced straight to Croatia leaving Everton's Nikica Jelavic to score during Sunday`s 3-1 defeat.

But while some may point the finger, his new gaffer was a lot more positive.

"Ward was unlucky. It looked like he got a slight tap on the heel and it disrupted him," Stale Solbakken told the Birmingham Mail.

He continued: "It was a one-off situation. It happened in an instant and that can happen but he played well in the game.

"I do not know him personally, but he played a lot for Wolves last season. He is safe and stable and has good experience at club and international level. He looks a reasonable kind of character both on and off the field."



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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 13 2012

Time: 2:04PM

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I was Wards biggest critic 2 years ago, but he was the most improved and consistent player for us last season and I truly hope he stays, leaving us only 3 defensive posts to fill. As an aside, can I just check that Im not losing my marbles - Jarvis surely wouldnt consider going to West Ham for another relegation fight would he ?
AdMant
I think the Croatia match showed the strengths and weaknesses of Ward. He is great going forward and is capable of making wonderful, well-timed, last ditch sliding tackles. But, nippy wingers give him the run around and he can make the most appalling blunders. He's the best of a bad lot at the back, though. Regarding Jarvis, he's not going anywhere for 4m and certainly not to WHU. He'll probably go to a mid-table club like Stoke for about 8m. I have to laugh when Jez tells us that there will be no fire sale at the club in spite of our relegation because we are in the black and can wait until we get good offers for players like Jarvis and Fletcher. If only we had spent a little more of the money in the bank (and a lot more wisely and with the correct priorities) to strengthen our squad over the last couple of seasons, we would not now be contemplating life in the Championship or the loss of our star players.
Southbank60
dont rip open the wound SB - I will never forgive moxey or morgan for that shambles, but i am trying to just put it behind me.... UTW
AdMant
when you have nothing positive to say SB60 you have to turn to slagging off the very people who have kept this club out of the red - if some of you lot admant included had half the brain of Jez you wouldn't be far off, I think you would rather see us in the same position has Pompy then you could slag them of even more and tell the world and his dog how right you are! Try supporting the club instead of slagging them off at every opportunity, all you are doing is dragging our name through the mud.
johnwolf
The same could apply to you, JohnWolf.
Southbank60
I hear what you say about improving as a player and no doubt he has, but we must now stop the square pegs in round holes scenarios!!!
gregory house
Impressed by Ward, not so Doyle maybe
gregory house
Not any more, greg! Torres has just rounded a static Ward as if he weren't there and has smashed the ball into the net.
Southbank60
I'm watching too,SB... let's hope SS is, too.
winstonsmith84
Listening to Mick colour comm on the Beeb's highlights show... the Irish lads " have put a shift in..."... takes you right back, doesn't it...?
winstonsmith84
 

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