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Ward gives his thoughts on Man City loss

Keeper speaks after Friday night

9 January 2022

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Lewis Ward discussed a number of topics in the wake of Swindon Town's 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round on Friday night.

The Goalkeeper saved a penalty from Gabriel Jesus and pulled off a wonder save to deny Rodri late on as the Reds saw their cup adventure come to an end, despite a heroic effort in-front of the ITV cameras at a packed out County Ground. 

And, in the wake of the game, Ward spoke to the media about the loss and gave his opinion on a few different subjects...

WARD ON THE RESULT & PERFORMANCE...

"We had a good run, we played Manchester City at home and the boys put in a good performance, but we lost and we had a few chances that we could have taken and it could have been a different story.

"There were some ups and downs and mixed emotions in the dressing room."

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WARD ON MAN CITY'S LINEUP...

"That's what you want to see. We were so happy that we saw the names on there and this is what Friday night football and the Emirates FA Cup Third Round is all about.

"We appreciate them all coming down."

WARD ON THE GAMEPLAN & THE SECOND GOAL...

"It worked in spells and there were opportunities where it could have been better. For me, it was one of those games where it was tough coming into it because obviously I haven't played for a number of weeks because Jojo (Wollacott) has been in the team.

"I was trying to do what the Gaffer wanted and maybe should have played a bit safer at times, but it was my decision on the pitch and sometimes it came off and sometimes it didn't.

"They were set up to press and maybe I should have kicked it a bit longer, maybe I should have played it a bit softer into Reedy (Louis Reed), you can look at it all the time and analyse it but, at the end of the day, the right solution was just to kick it up the pitch.

"It is a learning curve for me and hopefully going into the next game I'll do better."

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WARD ON HIS PENALTY SAVE...

"To be fair, I think the save after was actually better and it is one I'll remember, but it is always nice to save a penalty and it is just a shame it wasn't at 0-0 or in the shootout."

WARD ON TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME...

"We'll look through the game and see what we did well, see what we can improve on and in spells we did so well against them.

"We looked dangerous sometimes when we had the ball in possession and off the ball we defended really well.

"You could say we were our own downfall but that's the difference between the top teams and sadly us at the moment, but hopefully we can learn from it and take it forward."


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