DANNY WARD is ready to kick-off his birthday celebrations early by helping Huddersfield Town beat old club Bolton today.
The winger is 22 tomorrow, and wants to reach the milestone on the back of a three-point haul from today’s Championship clash at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Town, who are 15th, have taken just one from the last 12 available, but Ward says there is a determination among the squad to put things right.
“We’ve got some big games coming up before Christmas,” said Ward, looking ahead to clashes at Hull a week tomorrow and Crystal Palace on Saturday, December 22.
“Getting a win over Bolton would be a great boost, and the lads are determined to put things right after a couple of disappointing performances.
“We’ve had a good week on the training ground and a good talk about the last few games, with everyone having an input.
“We know we are capable of beating the best in this division, and it’s all about trying to find some consistency.”
Ward had two seasons in the senior ranks at Bolton, but made only two appearances, from the bench in Premier League games at home to Sunderland and away at Hull in 2009-10.
“I needed to be getting regular games and that wasn’t going to happen at Bolton, and the move to Town was right for me,” added the Bradford-based player, who switched in 2011.
“I had a good two years there, and it will be nice to see a few familiar faces, but the main objective is to win the game.”
Bolton are three places and three points behind Town and Ward continued: “It’s unexpected that they are down where they are. The have some talented players and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are up there challenging by the business end of the season.
“But we’ve got a good squad as well, we know we are better than our recent results suggest and we will aim to show that today”