Published: 16/02/2013 08:39

Ward: fans need to realise the work Conor puts in

Written byTOM SLOAN

DERBY County striker Jamie Ward reckons striker partner Conor Sammon deserves more recognition for the spade work he does.

The 26-year-old forward says the presence of Sammon has helped him flourish this season.

And Ward thinks the fans should look closely at the Republic of Ireland international and realise he is key to what Derby are doing.

“People have been saying there’s a split of opinion about Conor,” he said. “And I understand football is all about opinions, but if you’re bright enough, you’ll realise what a great job he does for the team and how much he helps us.

“It helps having a partner like him, who doesn’t mind running – he can do all the horrible stuff for me. He does all the dirty work – he gets into battles and wins headers.”

Ward reckons he is some way from rediscovering his best form after coming back from a three-month lay-off due to a hamstring tear.

“It is always hard to hit the same performance levels you were at before an injury, because you’ve missed a long period time and you lose fitness,” he said. “I feel sharp but I have been an awful lot sharper.”

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