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Ward Left Frustrated In Defeat

28 January 2017

Joel Ward was left frustrated with Palace's Emirates FA Cup exit at home to Manchester City on Saturday, adding that the Eagles' eagerness to get back into the left them exposed at the back in the second half.

Raheem Sterling scored just before half time for the visitors, before Leroy Sane and Yaya Toure added a second and third in the second half once Palace were chasing the game.

"I think in the end we started trying to push on and got exposed and when you play against players of that calibre they're going to hurt you," Ward told Palace TV. "We stayed in the game at 1-0 and if you manage to stay in the game until later on you might nick a goal, but when they start to hit you on the break like that they're going to get their chances and they're clinical when they do.

"We had some chances today and we knew that if we played in a certain way, got in behind them and put balls in the box, we'd create chances. It's something that we worked on and I think we did that [in the game], it's frustrating we didn't convert them.

"We got carried away pushing forward and left ourselves a bit exposed," he added.

With Scott Dann sidelined and Damien Delaney on the bench, Ward wore the captain's armband for the first time in red and blue, which was a proud moment for the right-back, but ultimately he was left frustrated with the 3-0 result.

"Of course, it's always nice - I wanted to put on the armband, but it's frustrating that we were knocked out of the cup, which we would have liked to have stayed in and gone to the next round," he said.

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