Ward: There’s plenty more to come

Pompey utility man Joel Ward
Pompey utility man Joel Ward
Joe Hancott. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Joel Ward revelled in his improved Pompey form and vowed: There’s plenty more to come.

The 22-year-old has rediscovered his best in spectacular fashion in recent weeks.

He notched the winner against Coventry and then grabbed a late equaliser in the south coast derby at Fratton Park on Sunday.

It has been an up-and-down campaign for Ward, who has largely failed to match his impressive displays from last season.

But in the Blues’ last four Championship matches, Michael Appleton has employed him on the right-hand side of midfield.

Subsequently, Ward has produced some eye-catching displays.

And the Emsworth youngster believes he can continue to maintain his leap in performances.

He said: ‘The manager puts belief in you and I’m happy to be playing under him.

‘I love playing football, I want to have that freedom to go out and play and wear my heart on my sleeve.

‘It has been an up-and-down season from the very start for me.

‘There are a few games where obviously I didn’t think I did that well and games where I thought I did well.

‘You get that throughout and I always give everything I’ve got, no matter what happens.

‘I just want to keep on building momentum, keep on raising the bar and keep on bettering myself and improving.

‘I want to push on more as a player and I want to reach that top.

‘Obviously, for me, I want to be playing football and get the club back to where we want it to be and in contention and fighting to go up.

‘And I will do everything I can to reach those levels.’