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Ward Pleased With Away Point

1 January 2015

After seeing his side keep their second successive clean sheet on the road in the space of three days, Joel Ward has heaped praise on the Palace squad for their efforts over the festive period.


The Eagles drew 0-0 with Aston Villa at Villa Park, following up from a goalless draw in their previous outing at Queens Park Rangers, all whilst the search for a new manager continues after Neil Warnock departed last week.


The right-back, who played in central midfield against Villa in the absence of Mile Jedinak, has praised the squad's attitude for continuing to up their game under the stewardship of caretaker manager Keith Millen.


After the game, he said: "Picking up a point away from home is a good result. We created some good chances including the best one of the game when Yannick went through one-on-one and hit the bar. Once again it didn't go for us but we'll take the positives from that and move on.


"As a group the boys have conducted themselves brilliantly and put themselves about and stayed professional, prepared properly and given ourselves the best chance possible ahead of these two games. We've come out of them with two draws but probably should have come away with two wins."


Those two points haven't seen the Eagles climb out of the relegation zone but Ward is convinced that it's just a matter of time.


"It's one of those things, we don't want to be in the relegation zone but we are and we've got to face facts," he added. "We've got to get together and with a few little tweaks here and there we've got the quality to get ourselves up the table and pick up the results. 


"The lads work tremendously hard day in, day out and I don't think there's a group like this in the Premier League. We're a unique bunch and I think we believe in our ability so we need to turn that into good performances on the pitch."



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