HUDDERSFIELD Town scorer Danny Ward says a second successive play-off final appearance is “pretty special” – but this time he’s determined to win.
And he’s confident Lee Clark’s side can win the showpiece at Old Trafford on May 29 and extend their unbeaten run to 28 after their heroic efforts at the Galpharm last night.
Ward notched Town’s second goal of a thrilling 3-3 draw and then looked on from the half way line after slotting home his spot-kick as his teammates showed nerves of steel to clinch the penalty shoot-out – after 30 minutes of extra time in which Bournemouth had led for the only time in the semi-final.
“Last season was bitter disappointment when I lost in the final with Swindon, so hopefully this year I can put that right,” said the 19-year-old Bolton loanee.
“The aim is to get Town into the Championship and we’ll keep our focus on that between now and Old Trafford, whoever we play.
“I can’t wait for the final. It’s always been a dream of mine to play at Old Trafford so I’m really, really looking forward to it.
“A winners medal would be the best moment of my career so far by a long way – and we are going there to win, no doubt about it.
“I don’t think we will be overawed by the occasion, no way. We will be confident but, just like this semi-final against Bournemouth, we won’t be complacent.”
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was in the crowd to watch last night’s action unfold – MK Dons sent a scout – and Town boss Clark will be at London Road tonight to run the rule over his final opposition of the longest season for any League club (the final will be their 60th game).
A win in the final would be worth millions to Town – it’s been confirmed Kirklees College are to sponsor them again next season to the tune of £75,000 – and Ward is keen to finish the season with promotion for the fans.
“The created a brilliant atmosphere and have been with us all season, up and down the country, so to win it for them would be fantastic,” added Ward. “We’ve definitely got the ability, experience and character in the squad to win the final.
“We’ve got some great athletes and we will be giving it 110% against whoever we play, I can promise everyone that.”