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Ward: We Need To Be Clinical

4 November 2013

Joel Ward believes Crystal Palace were unlucky to return to south London empty-handed following Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion.

The Eagles created a number of chances, particularly during a much-improved second half performance at The Hawthorns, but goals from Saido Berahino and Gareth McAuley were enough to seal a 2-0 win for the Baggies. 

But Ward believes Palace can turn the corner – providing they become more clinical in front of goal.

He said: “In the second half I thought we were the better team. We had some opportunities to draw level and it’s just about taking those chances, which is something we need to do.

“It’s all in those small moments and we know that missed chances you could get away last season, you can’t get away with this year in this division. You need those chances to go in, you need to be more clinical and hopefully we can put that right.”

The defeat against Steve Clarke’s men was Palace’s seventh league loss on the bounce, but Ward remains confident that the Eagles can bounce back and retain their top flight status. 

“We just need to start picking up points,” he added. “We’ve got a great bunch of guys here who will dig in deep and keep focused on our jobs. We’ll give everything we can to turn it around.

“Obviously it’s not easy to take. But you’ve got to take it on the chin and bounce back as quickly as possible. We’ll take the positives from every game, keep moving forward, keep our heads down and try and turn things around. That’s all we can do, that’s all we can focus on and that’s what we will try and do.”

Caretaker boss Keith Millen will now turn his attention to preparing the squad for the next league outing, against Everton at Selhurst Park on Saturday. And Ward knows that fixture will provide another stern examination of Palace’s top flight credentials. 

He said: “Every week’s a tough game, especially in the Premier League – you’re up against some of the best players in the world. It’s great to be here, but we want to start getting results, start putting things right and start putting in bigger performances and coming away with points.” 

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