Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v C Palace

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Selhurst Park

Last Game

C Palace 1 - 0 A Villa

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 15:07

Barclays Prem

Palace display encourages Ward

Defender Joel Ward feels Crystal Palace can take plenty of positives from their performance against Tottenham Hotspur, despite coming unstuck.

Last Updated: 18/08/13 at 17:30 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Premier League To Stay Up 13/14. Click here to bet.

Joel Ward: Helped Crystal Palace to contain Tottenham for long periods

Joel Ward: Helped Crystal Palace to contain Tottenham for long periods

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

The Eagles more than held their own against a Spurs side widely tipped to challenge for a top four finish this season as they made their return to Premier League competition.

Ian Holloway was always going to make his side hard to beat, and Tottenham did struggle at times to break Palace down.

A second half penalty from Roberto Soldado ultimately handed them all three points on derby day at Selhurst Park, but Ward believes Palace offered enough to suggest they are capable of competing with English football's elite.

He told Sky Sports: "After the game, I think we have got all the ability to go on and pick up points and to give this season a really good go. I think we will have some upsets in those big games.

"As a group of lads we have got a fantastic bond and we are all very together. That's what is going to help us through the season."

Fortune did not favour Palace in the award of the spot-kick which ended up costing them dear, with Dean Moxey pulled up for hand-ball, and Ward feels the result could have been different if big decisions had gone the other way.

He added: "I think it was a great opening day. We played well as a team, we defended well as a team, and we were unlucky not to make more of our chances.

"The game plan was working. In the lead up to the penalty, I haven't seen it, but there's talk that we maybe could have had a free-kick. It's just unfortunate that Dean's arms went up when he went to tackle him (Aaron Lennon)."

Bet with SkyBet  Premier League To Stay Up 13/14. Click here to bet.

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e was right to leave, but not just because of the money City were coming into. If I remember rightly he had a reasonable amount of chances to shine at City, but he never passed the bloody ball. Loads of aimless dribbles and 40 yard shots and not much else. I would say that if he had learnt to be a bit more of a team player he may have done better at City.

bright and edgy
Sturridge: Right to leave City

O

h! And.... has it gone in!?' Well John, it is quite literally your job to tell me, so stop phrasing it as a question.

ajsr1982
Eye On The Experts: John Motson

M

an who resembles bond villain complains about spies ....brillliant

mrjackson
Palace deny spying accusation

Footer 365

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says results are all that matter

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says the team's stye of play is irrelevant as they try to stay in the top four.

World Cup: Peter Shilton backs England keeper Joe Hart

England legend Peter Shilton believes Manchester City's Joe Hart can become one of the world's top goalkeepers.

West Ham's Matt Jarvis thinks he may need to be more clever after Arsenal penalty incident

West Ham's Matt Jarvis says he may have to be "a bit more clever" after staying on his feet despite Bacary Sagna's foul.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property