AFC Bournemouth: Ex-Hammers star Ward ready for stick from Millwall followers (From Bournemouth Echo)
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AFC Bournemouth: Ex-West Ham star Elliott Ward ready for stick from Millwall followers
ELLIOTT Ward has described as “water off a duck's back” the anticipated taunting Cherries' West Ham contingent past and present are likely to receive from Millwall followers.
Ward is expected to be one of three players in the Cherries starting line-up with Hammers connections when the teams lock horns at Dean Court today (3pm).
The defender looks set to be joined by loan duo Jack Collison and Stephen Henderson, both of whom arrived from Millwall's bitter London rivals earlier this week.
Ward, who helped West Ham win promotion to the Premier League in 2005, is the younger brother of Swindon's Darren Ward, a terrace favourite during two spells with Millwall.
“We know they will create a hostile environment,” said Ward. “They are what they are. They are passionate, they always support their team and you know when they are in town. I don't expect too much directed at me and it will probably be deflected to the West Ham lads!
“Most of us are very good at brushing it off and it is just one of those things. There is always rivalry in football and it is water off a duck's back. If we get stick, we will get it. As long as we win, who cares.
“It is a big game for both teams. We both lost on Tuesday and will both want to go into the international break with three points. We are the home team so we will need to go for it.”
Ward insists Cherries must target a fast start and says there must be no repeat of the lacklustre first-half showing which cost them against Blackburn seven days ago.
“It was hard to put your finger on why we started like that but it was the slowest start since I have been here,” added the 28-year-old.
“Blackburn took full advantage and it was hard to recover. We didn't stop them feeding their strikers with good balls and left ourselves with too much to do. We have started most games really well and need to get back to that.
“Millwall had an indifferent start to the season but have picked up recently. They didn't do too well at Birmingham but it will be a tough game. I think there is more quality in their squad now than they have had in previous years and they have picked up. We are expecting a difficult game.”
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