‘No hiding place’ for Sean Ward and Linfield ahead of massive derby

Linfield defender Sean Ward
Linfield defender Sean Ward

Defender Sean Ward admits there will be no hiding place when Linfield travel to the Oval on Wednesday night.

The Blues are on the rebound after Saturday’s opening day malaise against Portadown.

Warren Feeney’s side crashed to a 3-0 defeat against a slick Portadown outfit, in what was a baptism of fire for the new Linfield manager.

Ward – who suffered the ignominy of scoring an own goal in the defeat – admits he was “embarrassed” by the display at Shamrock Park.

And the 30-year-old is determined to set the record straight when he steps out against former club Glentoran.

“We had a lot of reflecting to do after Saturday and it was hugely disappointing – it was embarrassing,” he said.

“There’s no point apologising to supporters and so on. The best thing we can do not is offer up a response.

“Portadown were hungrier and we know it wasn’t good enough.

“As players we know we didn’t do enough individually or collectively and we need to improve.

“We can’t get too carried away because it was the first game of the season and I’m confident we will bounce back.

“Last season we had one point after four games and we went very close to winning the title.

“Over the years, Linfield have been slow starters so we certainly aren’t panicking after one result.

“It’s hard not to be too down after Saturday’s result and I hurt like everyone else, but I know from experience that things can turn very quickly.”

Ward believes Aednesday’s derby showdown is the “perfect fixture” for the Blues following their weekend dejection.

The Glens will offer up plenty of resistance, however, just as they did in earning a deserved 0-0 draw at the home of the champions on Saturday.

“It’s a massive game against Glentoran and it is a game we want to put things right in,” Ward added.

“It’s a positive thing that we have a huge game so soon after Saturday’s defeat at Portadown.

“It’s against my old club and the motivation is always high heading into a derby, but the incentive is also there to bounce back.

“We’ll have to step up to the plate mentally and physically – there is no hiding place for us.”