Ward: Norwich City are a team that just won’t give up
Norwich City defender Elliott Ward insists the Canaries will not wilt over the Championship promotion run-in.
Paul Lambert's men head a chasing pack tucked behind leaders QPR after another stirring comeback win against Millwall – City's seventh league success secured in the final ten minutes of matches this season.
Ward marked his return from a calf injury with the equaliser before Henri Lansbury's winner deep into stoppage time capped a remarkable turnaround.
'It sends us into the next game on a bit of a high and also sends a little message to other teams,' said Ward. 'It shows other people that we have the spirit and that has never been in doubt the whole season. Everyone else has probably been surprised and maybe even admired us a bit at how we keep going in games. Not just this season but apparently last season as well and the lads are very good at it.
'It shows we don't give up and we won't until the end of the season. It's only a couple of months left now and we have some big games. How we play football is a credit to ourselves, so we have to keep it going.'
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Ward aims to play a full part after a frustrating six week injury lay-off.
'I'm not the best watcher,' he said. 'Especially with the injury I had when I thought it was cramp, so it was frustrating for me to have a borderline Grade Two tear because, for me, things felt like they were just going right. The QPR game was a bit nervous but it was great to get another late goal and I was a proper supporter that day – but you want to be back involved.
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'I had an hour in the reserves to try and get my legs back a bit. Playing this (Millwall) game has definitely helped. I hope I recover and we'll see what happens Saturday now.'
Ward's rare goal cancelled out Theo Robinson's opener after he clinically despatched Lansbury's free-kick when it came back off a post.
'I think the last goal I scored was about a year ago,' he said. 'It was a tough finish. I think a few of the lads would have missed; very tight angle on my wrong foot. No, it was good. I thought Henri had scored the free kick and that was the reason why I was on the run because I thought he had scored. It was good instincts I suppose and good to get the goal.
'I think we deserved it in the end. We started really well but we allowed them to creep into the game and it got a bit scrappy. We weren't great in bits but we definitely owed them that after what happened at the Den when they got a late equaliser. We know we can do a lot better and it took a goal from them to get us started. We have to be happy with that but we know we have to improve in different ways.'
Ward was restored to the starting line-up in place of Zak Whitbread with the American named on a substitute's bench missing last day transfer window departure Michael Nelson.
'I actually only found out when I got to the ground,' said Ward. 'I was surprised and disappointed and I am going to miss him. He's a good lad and we got on really well, but in the same way I am over the moon for him because he has signed a good deal and he is closer to home so hopefully he does well and keeps them up.
'You never know what is happening in football and this has popped up for him and it's great for him, so he is the winner. I think we are covered in most areas, maybe one more player could just balance the squad out a bit, and we'll just see what happens.'