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Ward Frustrated At Cup Exit

14 February 2015

After seeing his side slip out of the FA Cup for another year at the hands of Liverpool, Joel Ward rued his side's inability to kill the game off before the Reds came back from a goal down to win 2-1.

Fraizer Campbell scored his second in a week to hand Palace an early lead, who then created good chances to extend their advantage but those misses came back to haunt them as second half efforts from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana saw the visitors move into the quarter finals at the expense of the Eagles.

Ward showed his versatility once again by starting the game in central midfield, but he was disappointed to see Palace exit after being a goal ahead at Selhurst Park.

Post-match, he said: "I don't think we kept the ball well enough to hurt them but I think in the first half we put ourselves in a great position after not having too much of the possession but then we dominated for a bit. We were in with a good chance of winning the game but we didn't do ourselves justice.

"They're a good side and they're going to move the ball very well and I think for the majority of the game we defended well as a team. In the first half we could have probably scored a couple more goals on the counter attack and we stopped them from having too many chances, but it was just one of those games."

On filling in in midfield, the right-back said: "The gaffer wanted me to go in there and I was happy t do that. I think we did the job well in the first half but when they came out and equalised and then got the winner we were chasing them around as well tried to affect the game. I felt we didn't penetrate or hurt them enough when we got into the final third."

The game marked Pape Souare's debut in a red and blue shirt and the Senegalese international put in a decent display against the Reds at left-back, and his fellow full back was full of praise stating: "It's early days but I'm confident that he'll grow as he settles into the Premier League. 

"Sometimes it can take a little time but so far so good and hopefully he'll continue to move forward."


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