Clough: We are missing Ward

Derby County are missing Jamie Ward's creative spark, according to Rams boss Nigel Clough.

Last Updated: 06/12/12 at 13:49 Post Comment

Jamie Ward (r): Out with a hamstring injury

Jamie Ward (r): Out with a hamstring injury

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Clough says the diminutive forward's absence is felt more in away matches, with Derby having lost their last four games on the road.

Ward has been sidelined since limping off with a hamstring injury during the 1-0 win at east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest on September 30.

The Northern Ireland international has missed the last dozen Championship fixtures and will remain out when Leeds visit Pride Park on Saturday, despite having an injection this week in an attempt to aid his recovery.

Derby have played six away fixtures during Ward's absence, winning once and losing four times and scoring just six goals.

"We are struggling to score away from home," said Clough. "Not having Jamie Ward makes a difference, we've really noticed that he's not there in the away games.

"He is a creative player and is particularly important in away games. He can make something from nothing and get you a goal when you really need it, like at Leicester last weekend. We haven't been able to work out how to do that in away matches recently."

Ward will miss his 13th game on Saturday and Clough does not know when he will have the 26-year-old available again.

"Do we have any idea when he will be back? No, not yet," said the Rams boss. "And that's the huge frustration for him - and for us.

"It will have to be 100% right before he comes back, so it's just a matter of remaining patient."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

Footer 365

Peter Houston seeks Falkirk's first Scottish Cup since 1957

Peter Houston is far more concerned about ending Falkirk’s wait for another Scottish Cup on Saturday than any personal glory.

Chuck Schumer demands publication of Garcia Report

US senator Chuck Schumer has demanded Sepp Blatter release the full Garcia Report as his first act after being re-elected as FIFA president.

Russell Latapy won't let history with Falkirk affect him

Inverness assistant manager Russell Latapy won't be affected by sentiment when he faces old side Falkirk on Saturday.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company