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

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

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

World Cup Promotions

Daily World Cup Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

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)."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

am jealous but i do wonder why he's never done anything for barca and why they seemingly don't give two hoots that he's leaving. they clearly rate suarez more than him, that much is inarguable

bobsy
Sanchez Is A Game-Changer For Arsenal...

L

uis Suarez: on his way to Barcelona. Liverpool : on their way to the Conference.

wotyomamased
Liverpool agree sale of Suarez

D

aryl Janmaat, a cheaper alternative to Micah Richards? World Cup semifinalist versus Man City's backup, England's... what, fifth choice right back? That really hammers home the English premium.

harry hotspur
The Blank Gossip

Footer 365

Transfer news: Newcastle agree fee with Montpellier for Remy Cabella

Newcastle have agreed a fee with French club Montpellier to sign midfielder Remy Cabella, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: West Ham keen on Chelsea winger Christian Atsu, say Sky sources

West Ham are interested in taking Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on loan, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Luis Suarez will sign for Barcelona next week after fee agreed with Liverpool

Liverpool have agreed to sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a deal which could be worth as much as £75m.

Mail Box

Alexis Sanchez: Really Not THAT Good

The backlash has begun: Why are Barca letting him go if he's any good? We have mails on Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, the World Cup and the wonder of F365...

Stop Your Sobbing And Man Up...

Oh and honey, put the kettle on. We have more World Cup mails but it's mostly an orgasmic explosion at the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Could this be Arsenal's year?

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