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Noah Dougherty
Friday 12 April 2019

Lewis Ward speaks ahead of Saturday's home game against Macclesfield Town.

The stopper discusses getting a run of games between the sticks, the crucial home support and the tough test that the Silkmen will bring. 

How important was the win against Crawley in the grand scheme of things?

It’s a massive three points. To not play well and to come away with win was what we needed. We hadn’t come from behind since I’d been here so it’s nice to get the motivation and the boys knowing that if we do go a goal down we can come back from that.

You seem to be holding onto the number one jersey with the competition fierce from James Montgomery, how does that feel?

The plan was to come here and compete and unfortunately Monty had his injury so I was there in case that happened and unfortunately that did for him, but it’s been nice to get a run of games to keep putting in the performance and keep the shirt.

Is it tough as a loan player, especially as a loan goalkeeper? You can come to a club and not get that game time you desire.

You’re never guaranteed game time as much as you it, you have to take your chance when you get it and it’s always at someone else’s expense for a goalkeeper because only one can play but you’ve always got to be ready.

Monty will be ready if I get injured or if he’s chosen to start but we’ll wait and see who’s back in goal on Saturday and hopefully it will be me.

Five games to go and well and truly in the play-off places, what's the feeling in the squad?

We’re positive. We’ll take every game as it comes, and we’ll look to Saturday and make sure we get that right before we go to Tranmere, so we’ll make sure we’re on it for that 90 minutes then we can look forward.

Crawley proved at the weekend that the teams towards the bottom are fighting for their lives, Macclesfield will be no different when they come here will they?

No game is easy, so we’ll make sure we give Macclesfield respect and we play our game and make sure we’re on it. It’s in our hands so as long as we are focussed and on it 100% then nothing can stop us.

How does it feel to have your destiny in your own hands?

No one is looking at the table really. We’re going into every game picking up as many points as can, hopefully all three, but making sure, like Saturday, we don’t lose the game.

A little bit has been made about home form this season, how important is the home crowd going to be in this run-in?

There are five games left, three at home. The home fans are going to be crucial. We need them behind us, we need their support, but that’s always going to be there. They’re always going to support us, home and away so we just need to make sure we click a little bit at home and get those wins.