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Ward: A point in the right direction

28 November 2017

Joel Ward was left taking the positives from a tough game against arch-rivals Brighton which saw the Eagles get their first clean sheet of the season.

“I don’t think it was the spectacle that there has been before, but it’s a point in the right direction.

“I think clean sheets are vital in the Premier League, it gives us a platform to build on. We’ve got the attacking force where we are going to create chances and have opportunities.

“If we keep clean sheets as a defensive unit, then we’ve got a great chance in any game or against any opponent.”

Ward is one of only a small number of the current squad to have played in a derby on the South Coast, and thinks having the experience of playing in the fixture is an advantage when preparing for the game.

“You have to go in with a level head. As much as your heart wants to take over you have to be sensible and go about your job the same as any other.” 

The match at the Amex saw the right-back make his 200th appearance for Palace, also making him the player with the most Premier League appearances in the club’s history.

“It’s a milestone for myself which is great and I feel very blessed to have made my 200th appearance and feel blessed to do it here.

“I just keep my head down and go about my business and give myself the best chance to stay fit. I’m the type of player that gives 100% no matter what.

“I don’t focus on the numbers I just try to do my job. But, at the same time you have to step back and pinch yourself as it’s an incredible achievement and a dream for me to be playing in the Premier League, the fans and the club have always supported me.”

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