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Ward: We Can Turn Our Fortunes Around

9 September 2017

Joel Ward prepares for Sunday’s match at Burnley looking to be part of a team to pick up the first points of the club’s season but as the defender looks back on the opening games he feels it is not one particular reason that the start can be put down to.

“I think our start to the season is down to a combination of things but we do know that we have been unfortunate in games with some mistakes costing us and of course in the Premier League we are fully aware you get punished for any errors that are made.

“There is always time needed when changes are being made at a club and you have an adjustment period but as players we buy into whatever system is played and you have to be able to adapt to that. Football is like that though because you have to be able to play in certain different ways to get the better of your opposition.”

The defender’s experience in the game tells him that all teams go through a run of games during a 38 match season where they will have a poor run of results but he is a firm believer that he can see the results are not too far away that will help to improve the start to the club's season.   

“As a group we have got to get that right and it only takes that one win to get us rolling and obviously we would like to have points on the board already but that’s not the case so we need to make sure we go and do that starting with games coming up.

“There will be many other teams that will go through spells like this throughout the season, we are only three games in at the moment and it only takes a couple positive results and things will start to look a lot brighter and I have every faith we will turn our fortunes around.”

The manager has had an international break to work with members of his squad who are not away representing their country and Joel has been part of those sessions at the training ground and he says that the focus has been on looking forward and putting things right.

“Everyone is disappointed and none more so than the gaffer, he’s a passionate man and like us all wants to win games, we wouldn’t be in this business if we didn’t want to win and succeed

“We are a close knit group and work together well but we can't do anything about those games that have gone now so its about looking forward, how we dust ourselves down ready to push on and progress to try and turn things around.

"The start to our season for all of us has been hard to take and one that has left us disappointed but we know teams have winning runs and losing runs, that is the nature of the Premier League and as I say we are all determined to get on a positive note as soon as possible." 

Since arriving at Selhurst Park in 2012, Ward has experienced many different chapters to a footballers life and believes that what has can gone on in the past can certainly play its part as he looks to find the best method to get Palace’s season underway.

“As a player it is always to good have your experiences to call on and here there have been times where things have been hard in the past but it is about the current situation and we know where we are but most importantly we know we can get out of it. This group has the experience and desire to and of course there is still a lot of football to be played this season.”

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