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Peter Ward sets eight wins for Stockport County safety

Peter Ward
Ward's side are a point adrift of safety

Stockport County caretaker manager Peter Ward has set his side the target of eight wins for League Two survival.

Midweek results put the Hatters bottom of the table having played more games than some of the teams around them.

Ward told BBC Radio Manchester: "We've got 19 games left and I think we need eight wins.

"It's not impossible, it's a realistic target. If we get ourselves sorted we've always got a threat going forward but we don't half concede them."

Last season, Stockport won only five games as they were relegated from League One.

In this year's campaign they have managed just five wins so far and have continued to slide down the table.

The Hatters have conceded four or more goals on nine occasions this season, leading to the worst goal difference in the Football League.

"We've got to sort our defence out and sort it out quickly. I'm disappointed as I haven't had the impact I would have liked," added Ward.

"This club means a lot to me and I wanted to come in here and get a few wins on the board, lift the supporters and the players, and get us playing good, fluid entertaining football.

"But when you're in a relegation dog fight it doesn't always work that way and sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up and battle.

"At the moment we're too cavalier and we're attacking with our hearts. We're not locking things up at the back and being punished for every mistake we make at the moment."

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