Football: Ward Eager to Remind McCarthy of Abilities; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

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Football: Ward Eager to Remind McCarthy of Abilities; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP


Byline: By Rob Tanner

Stephen Ward is determined not to become the forgotten man amongst Wolverhampton Wanderers' glittering array of striking talent and he provided manager Mick McCarthy with a reminder of his finishing capabilities by scoring a second-half brace during the friendly with Hereford United on Wednesday night.

The Republic of Ireland B international fell down the pecking order last season as he struggled to recover from a persistent knee injury and when he was available he was used mainly on the left wing.

However, the 22-year-old partnered Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in attack during the second half of the 3-1 victory and is now determined to fight his way back into contention for a striking role, despite facing a stiff battle as McCarthy has Andy Keogh, Ebanks-Blake, Michael Kightly, Sam Vokes and Chris Iwelumo at his disposal.

"I hadn't played up front for a while so it was good, I enjoyed it," he said. "Playing with Sylvan makes it easier for you really.

"It was different when I was playing on the wing because I was probably concentrating a bit more on getting crosses in and neglecting the other side of it such as getting in the box.

"It's always good to hit the back of the net but I'll play in whatever position the gaffer wants me to. As I've said all along, I'm just happy to be in contention and can only do my best. There are plenty of good strikers here so we'll have to wait and see what happens.

"It's a massive squad, there are a lot of good players and we've also got new signings and everyone wants to be in the starting XI. …

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