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Ward-Prowse refuses to find excuses

James Ward-Prowse has again proved himself one of the club’s most honest individual refusing to find easy excuses for poor performances.

The former Saints skipper spoke like one when giving his assessment of the draw at Sheffield United declaring that as a top six club we really need to manage games better when we are in front than we did at Brammal Lane

Never a truer word and he called on the squad to make sure there is a reaction at the next game which will see Bournemouth arrive at the London Stadium.

The midfielder looked to have made the game in Yokshire safe when grabbing  his fourth goal goal of the season from the penalty spot eleven minutes from time, after Ben Brereton Díaz had cancelled out Maxwel Cornet’s opener.

However, the dramatic last few minutes saw Rhian Brewster and Vladimír Coufal red carded before  Oli McBurnie ensured the spoils were shared with virtually the last kick of the game from 12 yards.

Ward-Prowse admitted they should have seen out the victory, and he is hoping for a return to winning ways back on home soil next time out.

He told www.whufc.com:“If we’re honest, we didn’t play at the levels we know we can, and we didn’t do enough to win the game. We’re in the top six and trying to push towards the top of the table, so we’re disappointed with our overall performance.


Ward-Prowse scores from the spot following a foul on Danny Ings inside the 18-yard box
Ward-Prowse refuses to find excuses

“At times we kept possession well and we created chances, but we lacked a bit of control and at times it turned into a bit of a basketball match. It was a bit end-to-end, and we didn’t stamp our authority or show enough swagger with the ball.

“Then, we needed to manage the game in the right way. We were ahead and they went down to ten men, so for us to also get a red card and then concede in the way we did is frustrating.

“It was a crazy few minutes, but we know that’s the sort of thing that can happen in the Premier League. We all know we can do better, and now it’s up to us to respond in the right way on the training pitch, and then ultimately back at home against Bournemouth.”

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