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Ward Hails Amazing Palace Fans

21 May 2016

Joel Ward was left gutted with the Eagles' narrow FA Cup Final defeat to Manchester United, but was quick to praise the incredible support shown to the players by the Palace faithful.

"It was gutting, I think we deserved something more. We had some great chances and it was a valiant effort, but that's the way it is some times," he said.

"On another day maybe we come away with the trophy. We gave it everything, we left it out there and that's all we can do.

"The fans were fantastic. They were amazing. There's not an atmosphere like it," added the right-back. 

"When you walk out there the hairs stand up on the back of your neck with the noise and the occasion. Our fans, right the way through - even at the end with the disappointment of losing - our fans showed their support. They lifted our spirits."

Jason Puncheon started the game on the bench for Palace before coming on and opening the scoring with a venomous left-footed effort with nine minutes to go. Ward heaped praise on the south Londoner, insisting that the midfielder reacted perfectly to the disappointment of not start.

"It was a fantastic [goal] and there was fantastic character [shown] from Punch," said Ward. "Obviously it's disappointing to be left out but he did a tremendous job when he came on and his finish was testament to that. The way he's conducted himself is fantastic."

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