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Ward 13:53 - May 9 with 1116 viewsI_would

Surely if this bloke is considered to be a 'dead ball specialist' he has to hit a dead ball well. All I saw yesterday was corners either short to the nearest opposition player, straight to the safe arms of their keeper or so long that a groundsman had to retrieve it. Time to let a more talented 'specialist' have a go. Couldn't be any worse than Ward. Oh and teaching Ward how to mark and defend might save us a few points. He's a 'specialist' at clapping his thighs after we concede every time he gives up chasing.
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Ward on 13:57 - May 9 with 1097 viewsHeisenberg

Cheer up. Maybe next season you can beat the likes of Accrington Stanley.

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Ward on 14:00 - May 9 with 1087 viewsI_would

Ward on 13:57 - May 9 by Heisenberg

Cheer up. Maybe next season you can beat the likes of Accrington Stanley.


Maybe Saints could

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Ward on 14:08 - May 9 with 1063 viewsSadoldgit

Remind me again how many free kicks he has scored?
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Ward on 16:19 - May 9 with 1002 viewsI_would

Ward on 14:08 - May 9 by Sadoldgit

Remind me again how many free kicks he has scored?


One every 26.4 games.

https://www.premierleague.com/players/4617/James-Ward-Prowse/stats

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Ward on 16:38 - May 9 with 981 views1885_SFC

Ward on 16:19 - May 9 by I_would

One every 26.4 games.

https://www.premierleague.com/players/4617/James-Ward-Prowse/stats



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Ward on 16:28 - May 10 with 786 viewsChesham_Saint

"Ward"?

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Ward on 16:55 - May 10 with 764 viewsI_would

Ward on 16:28 - May 10 by Chesham_Saint

"Ward"?


He doesn't deserve 2 names.

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Ward on 17:04 - May 10 with 753 viewsDorsetIan

Brilliant free kicks. Mystery to me why we don't organise tactically to be running directly at defences to pick up far more than we do.

I think he is excellent defensively. He is doing an awful lot of sweeping up at the moment.

For a 'dead ball specialist' I think his corners are too often disappointing.

Creatively in midfield he is also disappointing. Armstrong get the balls and looks to run forward. JWP's first thought is usually sideways.

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Ward on 21:38 - May 10 with 674 viewsMessysaints

Ward on 17:04 - May 10 by DorsetIan

Brilliant free kicks. Mystery to me why we don't organise tactically to be running directly at defences to pick up far more than we do.

I think he is excellent defensively. He is doing an awful lot of sweeping up at the moment.

For a 'dead ball specialist' I think his corners are too often disappointing.

Creatively in midfield he is also disappointing. Armstrong get the balls and looks to run forward. JWP's first thought is usually sideways.


you know he is in the top 10 in the league for forwards passes right? and for passes into the oppo box?

For some one who always passes side ways and backwards thats pretty high.
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Ward on 22:11 - May 10 with 642 viewsDorsetIan

Ward on 21:38 - May 10 by Messysaints

you know he is in the top 10 in the league for forwards passes right? and for passes into the oppo box?

For some one who always passes side ways and backwards thats pretty high.


If that's true, I'm amazed. He certainly doesn't give that impression. Not doubting you, just don't see it.

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Ward on 22:18 - May 10 with 637 viewsDorsetIan

Ward on 22:11 - May 10 by DorsetIan

If that's true, I'm amazed. He certainly doesn't give that impression. Not doubting you, just don't see it.


Looks like he's 4th in the league for back passes, so eyes not deceiving me.

https://www.premierleague.com/stats/top/players/backward_pass

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Ward on 23:02 - May 10 with 604 viewsChesham_Saint

Ward on 16:55 - May 10 by I_would

He doesn't deserve 2 names.


Sk8?
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Ward on 09:36 - May 11 with 470 viewsSaintNick

Ward on 17:04 - May 10 by DorsetIan

Brilliant free kicks. Mystery to me why we don't organise tactically to be running directly at defences to pick up far more than we do.

I think he is excellent defensively. He is doing an awful lot of sweeping up at the moment.

For a 'dead ball specialist' I think his corners are too often disappointing.

Creatively in midfield he is also disappointing. Armstrong get the balls and looks to run forward. JWP's first thought is usually sideways.


With the loss of Romeu and Ralph preferring Armstrong in the centre before Diallo JWP's role has changed a little in recent weeks, with Romeu he could get forward more, now he is the defensive player with Armstrong making the surging runs.

When we attack Armstrong makes the runs JWP has to sit and hold.

We are near of at the top of the list for goals from set pieces in the Premier League, we can't ask much more than that

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Ward on 09:59 - May 11 with 451 viewsDorsetIan

Ward on 09:36 - May 11 by SaintNick

With the loss of Romeu and Ralph preferring Armstrong in the centre before Diallo JWP's role has changed a little in recent weeks, with Romeu he could get forward more, now he is the defensive player with Armstrong making the surging runs.

When we attack Armstrong makes the runs JWP has to sit and hold.

We are near of at the top of the list for goals from set pieces in the Premier League, we can't ask much more than that


I agree with most of that - particularly that Romeu's absence has increased his defensive duties.

I do think though that there's a psychological difference between him and Armstrong even when they're both supposedly in attacking roles. Armstrong very often runs forward directly whereas JWP rarely does and is much more likely to spread the ball wide.

I think so much of winning football games is about putting an opposition's defence under quick pressure, catching them on the backfoot, not giving them a chance to settle. Running straight at them is so much more effective in that respect. Sideways moves (or say Redmond running forward and then pausing on the edge of the box) often loses that element of speed - giving the defenders just that split second they need to get into a defensive shape.

KWP is also getting better at running directly at the defence. When he sharpens up his final ball (which he will), he will create a lot of chances. Tella too has shown his instance to run directly at them.

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Ward on 10:13 - May 11 with 437 viewsSadoldgit

JWP has worked his socks off for us this season and as far as I am concerned he his up there with KWP as the most consistent player. He has clearly scored enough from dead ball situations to be called a specialist.
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Ward on 12:25 - May 11 with 393 viewsBison

All time list in PL

Player Direct free-kick goals Mins per direct free-kick goal
David Beckham 18 1,198
Thierry Henry 12 1,776
Gianfranco Zola 12 1,339
Sebastian Larsson 11 1,918
Cristiano Ronaldo 11 1,322
Laurent Robert 11 994
Morten Gamst Pedersen 10 2,067
Ian Harte 10 1,977
Frank Lampard 9 5,430
Jamie Redknapp 9 2,587
Nolberto Solano 9 2,516
Christian Eriksen 8 2,289
Juan Mata 8 2,287
James Ward-Prowse 8 1,835

I_Ward won't like it and will start another Myth no doubt but his min/per goal holds up very well and apart from him only Mata is still in the EPL , not bad for a lad of 26.

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Ward on 12:32 - May 11 with 389 viewsSadoldgit

We don’t win many free kicks within shooting distance so that is not a bad return so far. I’d be interested to see the stats about the strike rates per free kicks.
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Ward on 12:42 - May 11 with 384 viewsBison

He is the best in the Premier League since 2003/2004



As a comparison

Cristiano Ronaldo 73 5 6.8%
Lionel Messi 70 4 5.7%

Over to you I_Ward

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Ward on 12:45 - May 11 with 381 viewsSadoldgit

Ward on 12:42 - May 11 by Bison

He is the best in the Premier League since 2003/2004



As a comparison

Cristiano Ronaldo 73 5 6.8%
Lionel Messi 70 4 5.7%

Over to you I_Ward


I would say that makes him a specialist!
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Ward on 12:54 - May 11 with 373 views1885_SFC

Ward on 12:45 - May 11 by Sadoldgit

I would say that makes him a specialist!


Indeed. I just don't get why people knock JWP... one dinlo on here especially.

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Ward on 14:01 - May 11 with 343 viewsMessysaints

Ward on 22:18 - May 10 by DorsetIan

Looks like he's 4th in the league for back passes, so eyes not deceiving me.

https://www.premierleague.com/stats/top/players/backward_pass


So 401 out of 2179........ 1778 none backwards passes

top 10 for all 3, impressive.
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