Peterborough United’s Joe Ward is loving life in the fast lane after scoring a goal in his 100th Posh appearance
Peterborough United’s Joe Ward is loving life in the fast lane.
And so he should. He marked his 100th Posh match at Accrington Stanley last night (January 28) with his fifth goal of the season which helped his team to a third straight win and fourth place in League One.
Ward is proud of reaching a ton of professional appearances.
The 24 year-old had to drop out of the Football League in order to get back in. After four games for Brighton’s Under 23 side in the EFL Trophy, Ward moved to National League Woking where he was monitored by Posh even before he scored an FA Cup goal against them.
“It is pleasing to reach 100 games when you consider where I came from,” Ward said. “I didn’t actually know before the game that it was my 100th appearance. I knew it was coming, but I didn’t know when!
“And to score a goal and for the team to win again made it a special night.
“I’m really enjoying my football here. I like to let my football do the talking. I just get my head down in training and in matches and give 100 per cent. I’ve had three different managers (Grant McCann, Steve Evans and Darren Ferguson) and I’ve had to adapt to them all. They’ve all been great with me though.
“I’m enjoying the wing-back role as it helps me to get on the ball a lot, get forward and to get crosses into the box which suits me.
“I’m a pretty laid back, chilled bloke and that won’t ever change, but I’ve had to become tougher as well.
“Some would say I’m still not tough enough, but to progress I’ve had to be able to mix my game up.
“I’ve been told to become more aggressive and hopefully I’m showing that now.
“Goals are a bonus and Ivan Toney did well for me at Accrington to give me an easy chance.
“I didn’t expect him to pass as he’s going so well himself, but I’m grateful he did.
“It was a tough old game in some bad weather, but we came through it well and now we will try and keep winning and keep climbing the table.”
Posh have a big game on Saturday at third-placed Ipswich Town (February 1). A win would take Posh above the tractor boys.