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Jamie Ward: We worked hard and dug in

23 October 2019

The Iron defeated high-flying Exeter City 3-1 on Tuesday night, extending their unbeaten home run to five games.

Following the victory, goal-scorer Jamie Ward talked to iFollow Iron post-match about how the match panned out, and who stood out for United. 

Summing up his thoughts on the outcome, Ward said: “It’s a great victory. We worked hard and dug in, but also played some great football at times, so it was well-deserved in the end.”

After the Grecians pegged back the Iron, levelling the score at 1-1, Ward’s arrowed half-volley into the top right corner regained a crucial advantage for United. 

“I’m always delighted to score no matter what, but the most important thing is three points. 

“It was a great cross, and I’ve just seen Rory (McArdle) rising at the back post so I gave him a shout, and luckily enough he headed it straight to me and I was able get a good strike on the ball.” 

Despite the positive results at the Sands Venue Stadium in recent matches, the Northern Ireland international is confident of winning away as well as at home. 

“We’re capable of it (winning games) away from home as well. It’s just about us building on these good home performances and taking it into those away games.

“I definitely fancy us against anyone at home, and to be honest, anywhere in the country at the moment. We need to turn our stadium into a bit of a fortress to ensure we don’t lose points here, so if we can do that, anything we pick up on the road is a bonus.”

The Iron are beginning to pick up more points as the season progresses, and individual performances are benefitting as a result. Jamie Ward recognised Ryan Colclough’s performance on the night as a particularly good one. 

“He was brilliant”, said the forward. “On his day, he’s got magic in his boots, and for me, was man of the match tonight. He just needs to keep building on his own performances, he’s obviously got a lot of ability and it’s just about getting it out of him.”

It’s another Saturday away match this weekend, as the Iron face Salford City with a strong travelling contingent to get behind the team. Ward said: “We’re looking to improve our away form, so it’s important not to lose first and foremost, but ultimately, we’ll be trying to get all three points.”

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