LEE CLARK believes Town fans are beginning to see the “real” Danny Ward.
And the boss today urged the 21-year-old winger to carry on tormenting defenders when Brentford visit for Saturday teatime’s vital Sky-televised League I clash (5.20).
While Ward shone during a loan spell last season, it’s taken him time to settle and reproduce that bright form since making his move from Bolton permanent in the close-season.
Boss Clark believes the Bradford-born player can be as good as Anthony Pilkington, the man he replaced at the Galpharm and who is who is now plying his trade with Premier League Norwich City.
But he left Ward out for three games running over Christmas and New Year, saying it was “time for him to start delivering”.
The one-time Leeds junior impressed on his return at Wycombe, where Town won 6-0, and again caught the eye as Oldham were beaten by Alan Lee’s late strike on Saturday.
“His all-round game was excellent against Oldham and in the last two matches, the real Danny Ward has come out, and what a weapon that is to have for the second half of the season,” said Clark, whose side went third as a result of their victory in a trans-Pennine derby seen by 13,536.
“I was frustrated before Christmas, and I spoke to Danny before I went public on my feelings. I said he had to start delivering and told him my thinking behind that.
“Danny is a very good player who can be the difference between us getting the wins we need and not getting them.
“He can change a match in an instant because he has pace, he has power, he has two terrific feet and he’s good in the air.”