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Stephen Ward has sung the praises of Brighton & Hove Albion’s top scorer Leo Ulloa for his displays that have helped fire the Seagulls towards the play-offs.
The Argentinian forward has hit 12 goals this season, despite missing a portion of the season with a foot injury before Christmas, and Ward says the striker is integral to Albion’s promotion ambitions.
The left-back told seagulls.co.uk, “Leo's contribution is massive. At the minute it is tough on him as he seems to be the one up there every week but he has been outstanding.
“He has been really positive for us this year and without him we are without the focal point of our team. When he plays well it makes it a lot easier for us and thankfully he has had many more good days than off days this season and long may that continue.
“Hopefully the rest of us can give him a bit more help as it is a tough job up there on your own. He he has been playing 90 minutes every week, but with the likes of Will [Hoskins] and Craig [Mackail-Smith] coming back maybe they can take the weight off Leo’s shoulders.
“But Leo is a quality player and top players like that can take on the responsibility and he has shown that.”
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Albion travel to Sheffield Wednesday tonight and Ward says the side have not let Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Ipswich Town affect their confidence.
He added, "I don't think we should be too disappointed by how we played Saturday. We spoke about it on Sunday and we felt we were well on top in the game.
"It is very easy to lose games in this league and it's very rare that someone goes on a run unless they are top of the league, like Leicester City.
"Everyone else is fighting for those play-offs and it's tough. It's easy to lose and the most important thing is how you react.
"It is very easy to go on a run of not winning for three, four or five so to bounce back as quickly as possible is very important.
"We have done that really well this year and we've got a good mentality in the squad. We dust ourselves down quite quickly, don't dwell on things and on Tuesday night I am sure it will be a clean slate and hopefully another win for us."