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View thetopgeezer's Profile thetopgeezer Flag Streatham Hill 26 Feb 24 6.36pm Send a Private Message to thetopgeezer Add thetopgeezer as a friend

I don't rate myself as a great football analyst but does anyone else feel that he seems really comfortable as a central defended in the 3 with the pace men on the outside?

Or is it just that I've lived in fear of him being skinned by various sub-25 year olds over the past year or so?

 

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View PatrickA's Profile PatrickA Flag London 26 Feb 24 7.20pm Send a Private Message to PatrickA Add PatrickA as a friend

I agree with your analysis.
Itís the ideal role for Ward at this stage of his career and allows his experience, reading of the game and a defensive awareness to flourish.
It suits Munoz too as it enables him to go forward knowing there is cover there.
This view may prove unpopular, but it wouldnít surprise me if Ward retains his place in the near term with Guehi taking the position on the left of the back three in place of Richards.

 

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View monkey's Profile monkey Flag Sittingbourne 26 Feb 24 7.23pm Send a Private Message to monkey Add monkey as a friend

He was a central defender for Pompey, in fact he was playing there for them when we went down there last day of the season before he signed for us

 

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View thetopgeezer's Profile thetopgeezer Flag Streatham Hill 26 Feb 24 7.29pm Send a Private Message to thetopgeezer Add thetopgeezer as a friend

I agree with your Richards post Patrick although I'm yet to see a Wardy diving header.

JW has so much experience and is quick enough in bursts but just look at (the soon to be sainted Munoz) and you can see what he might come up against on the wing.

 

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View VinceHilaire's Profile VinceHilaire Flag London 26 Feb 24 7.36pm Send a Private Message to VinceHilaire Add VinceHilaire as a friend

Said this a few days agoÖ

Ward was Ďthe bossí we have been lacking on the pitch for months. He organises the line, encourages, is tactically aware, and he may have lost some pace, I canít remember him losing any aerial duels on Saturday. Between him, Anderson and Richardís - the defence looked solid

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View Eden Eagle's Profile Eden Eagle Flag Kent 26 Feb 24 7.37pm Send a Private Message to Eden Eagle Add Eden Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by thetopgeezer

I agree with your Richards post Patrick although I'm yet to see a Wardy diving header.

JW has so much experience and is quick enough in bursts but just look at (the soon to be sainted Munoz) and you can see what he might come up against on the wing.

Didnít Ward score a diving header away at Chelsea a few seasons back?

 

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View PatrickA's Profile PatrickA Flag London 26 Feb 24 7.37pm Send a Private Message to PatrickA Add PatrickA as a friend

There was a Ward diving header a few years ago which proved to be the winner v Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
A real collectorís item.

Originally posted by thetopgeezer

I agree with your Richards post Patrick although I'm yet to see a Wardy diving header.

JW has so much experience and is quick enough in bursts but just look at (the soon to be sainted Munoz) and you can see what he might come up against on the wing.

 

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View RubinsCube's Profile RubinsCube Flag Wimbledon 26 Feb 24 7.47pm Send a Private Message to RubinsCube Add RubinsCube as a friend

Originally posted by thetopgeezer

I don't rate myself as a great football analyst but does anyone else feel that he seems really comfortable as a central defended in the 3 with the pace men on the outside?

Or is it just that I've lived in fear of him being skinned by various sub-25 year olds over the past year or so?

Time is not on his side unfortunately. OG's style of pressing - which will include centre halves doing more than standing on the half way line when in possession - is also not ideal for a 34 year old turning 35 near the start of next season.

That said, he has done well inside. Not exposed by pacey wingers who twist and turn both ways. He also dealt well with some of the dangerous crosses Everton put in.

 

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View Elpis's Profile Elpis Flag In a pub 26 Feb 24 7.49pm Send a Private Message to Elpis Add Elpis as a friend

He will do for the rest of the season though the right side CB in a three is Andersens favourite berth .

Im hoping we can find a 20 year old Damo to play in the centre

 

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View ripleyeagle's Profile ripleyeagle Flag Ripley Surrey 26 Feb 24 7.54pm Send a Private Message to ripleyeagle Add ripleyeagle as a friend

I actually suggested a few weeks ago when we lost MG to injury that Wardy would do a good job as a centre back.When he was injured we started conceding a lot of goals as even though he isnít the quickest he is a great defender, puts his body on the line and a good defensive header of the ball.We now look more sold from set pieces now he is in the back three. He is far from finished,doing a great job for us, a Palace legend !!

 

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View thetopgeezer's Profile thetopgeezer Flag Streatham Hill 26 Feb 24 8.47pm Send a Private Message to thetopgeezer Add thetopgeezer as a friend

I'd forgotten. Thanks for the reminder.

Originally posted by PatrickA

There was a Ward diving header a few years ago which proved to be the winner v Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
A real collectorís item.

 

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View Stirlingsays's Profile Stirlingsays Flag 26 Feb 24 8.51pm Send a Private Message to Stirlingsays Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add Stirlingsays as a friend

He's always been a useful CH.

 


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