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Ledley Looks To Build On Debut

21 February 2014


Palace midfielder Joe Ledley is keen to build on his dream debut when the Eagles entertain Manchester United this weekend.

Deadline day signing Ledley scored on his maiden Premier League appearance against West Bromwich Albion a fortnight ago as Palace ran out 3-1 winners against their relegation rivals at Selhurst Park. 

The former Celtic man was delighted to open his account at the first time of asking – but knows he has set the bar high at the start of his career in SE25.
 
“It was a bit difficult, I was playing at left back which is a position I haven’t really played in for a long time,” Ledley said, “but I managed to do a job there and help us get the three points, which was the main thing. 

“To get a goal was the icing on the cake and I couldn’t have asked for anything better – a Premier League debut, a goal and three points. It was a fantastic start for me. It’s going to be difficult, but hopefully I can continue in that vein.”

The 50-cap Welsh international was full of praise for his new teammates for the role they played in helping him settle straight into Tony Pulis’ line-up.

“I’ve only been here for two weeks, but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it,” he said. “The boys have welcomed me really well. 

“It’s nice not be the only new boy in the changing room. You gel with the new signings straight away as they know exactly how you feel, because you are getting used to knowing the training facilities and the players. 

“There are obviously a lot of Welsh players here at Palace now so they’ve welcomed me as well and I’ve bonded with the team really well already.” 

Ledley and his new changing room pals have had a two-week break since that win over the Baggies, following the late postponement of the game against Everton on 12th February. 

That has allowed them to prepare for Saturday’s glamour tie against the reigning Premier League champions – Manchester United.

Although the Red Devils have stuttered during their first season under new boss David Moyes, Ledley is adamant that he and the rest of the Palace squad will not be taking them lightly this weekend. 

He said: “Fixtures like this one against Manchester United are why you want to play in this league. It’s a fantastic club, they’ve got fantastic players, so it’s going to be very difficult – we know that. But hopefully we can perform and get the points.  

“You can’t underestimate them – they are a fantastic team, they’ve got brilliant players. We just need to focus on ourselves and show the form we’ve shown over the last couple of months. 

“Anything can happen in football and hopefully we can do it.” 


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