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Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward 'dreams' of promotion

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PALACE defender Joel Ward says it would be a "dream" to help the Eagles gain promotion to the Premier League.

The right-back has produced a string of good performances since returning to the starting XI after injury in recent weeks, but he insists the squad just need to stay calm and go about their work in the strongest possible fashion.

"We're going to do everything in our power now to make sure we're in there amongst it," he said.

"In these times you need to keep your composure, and a lot of people can get nervous and carried away. We're picking up points and going in the right direction, and that's all we can do.

"It's been a tough run lately and it's always going to be at this time of the year. We'll just keep taking the positives from the games we've played.

"It would be a dream to get Palace promoted and it's my aim to play in the Premier League.

"We've just got to have the belief we want to do that. For the fans it would be fantastic."

Palace picked up a clean sheet on Tuesday at Millwall, but despite the lack of chances in front of goal, Ward believes if they continue to play a solid approach it will make them tough to beat going into the play-offs.

And he definitely has his eye on playing a few more games to reach the top flight.

"If we can continue performing like we are then we're definitely going to pick up the points, and hopefully looking forward to an extra three games," said the former Portsmouth man.

"At the end of the day I've never been in the play-offs myself but you hear a lot of people saying it's a completely different ball game.

"With a unit like ours with the way we're playing and defensively, we've got every chance of going on and doing well to go all the way."

"We're focusing on the next game now and we're not getting carried away but we're here now and have had a fantastic season.

"We've been up in second, third and also down in 21st, but we've been consistent all year.

"The way we've kept going and stuck in, we deserve to be where we are."

On a personal level, the 23-year-old is delighted to be playing again after injury forced him to miss a chunk of the season.

"I'm feeling good and stronger with each game since I've come back," said Ward.

"For me, I'm just glad I'm back playing football – it's what I like to do and it's what I want to do for a long, long time.

"Getting regular football again is fantastic."

Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward 'dreams' of promotion


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