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Ward praises fight and togetherness

Elliott Ward believes MK Dons are up for the fight as they prepare for Bury clash…

16 March 2018

Despite only featuring just six times for MK Dons this season, experienced defender Elliott Ward has slotted effortlessly into the Dons defence.

The 33-year-old signed on at Stadium MK on loan until the end of the season in January, since then, his composure and intelligence has only benefited the Dons in a much-improved defensive unit alongside Scott Wootton and Dean Lewington.

Heading into Saturday's crucial clash with Bury, Ward believes the Dons can still improve from their impressive showing in Tuesday's win over Rotherham.

"We won, and we did well – but it could have been more comfortable," Ward said in his pre-match press conference.

"There is still improvement and that's something we'll be looking to show on Saturday.

"Tuesday's application was brilliant, right the way through the game. We worked on a lot of stuff and it showed that the boys are all up for the fight and willing to work for each other.

"Everyone plays to win, that's the thing about football and we know we need points. We can talk all day about wanting to win and getting points, but you have to work harder and do better – and be better in every way."

Ward also modestly held himself accountable for Rotherham's goal stating he felt there was more he could've done to prevent both goals, while he also took the time to praise the performance of Lee Nicholls who produced perhaps the save of the season on Tuesday night.

"I hold my hands up to the two goals - I could have done better. The pleasing thing was when someone was out of position, someone else covered, so we helped each other out a lot - especially Lee. It was my man who headed the ball, but I went for the initial ball. It's something I'll have to look at again, but when they do break through your defence, you have to rely on your goalie and we did on Tuesday."

Ward concluded his pre-match interview by stating the importance of Saturday's clash with Bury.

"Every game we have left is huge. We're taking it game by game and Bury is just another team we have to play. Everyone wants to achieve the same thing – we're fighting for three points at a time.


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