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Ward: Delighted With The Goal

18 October 2020

Grant Ward was delighted to have scored his first competitive goal in Tangerine, with the midfielder’s second half strike securing a point against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Ward, who has started every League One game this season under Neil Critchley, struck a deserved equaliser for the Seasiders, after Mikael Mandron gave Crewe the breakthrough early in the second half.

Speaking on Blackpool’s encouraging display at the Alexandra Stadium, the midfielder believes the Seasiders deserved more from the game.

“I think we dominated most of the game and it’s one we should’ve won and another day we would have claimed all three points,” Ward said.

“We didn’t want to settle for the draw. We know they’re a good team and have a lot of qualities, but we wanted to come here and win the game. I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and we were unlucky not to get all three points in the end.”

Reflecting on his first competitive goal for Blackpool, Ward was delighted to have got off the mark for the season and hopes he can continue his goalscoring form over the course of the season.

“I’m happy to have got the goal,” Ward said.

“It was something we’ve been working on in training, getting around Gaz (Madine) and getting into the box. He’s good in the box so he creates space for other players behind him.

“Thankfully, I was in the right place at the right time. Hopefully, I can go and get a few more this season.”

The 25-year-old also lavished praise on Blackpool's team spirit ahead of an action-packed few weeks for the Seasiders, starting with a tough test against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.

“The boys battled on and we didn’t let our heads drop. We always knew that we’d get chances and thankfully we got our goal.

“If we take the momentum from this game, hopefully we can get a good result. It’ll be a key period over the next few weeks with a lot of games coming up, so it’s important we recover quickly and look to build on our performance today,” Ward continued.

“We’ve got some good players here. A lot of new faces have come in and there will be competition for places, which can only help us moving forward.”

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