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Crystal Palace defender: I don't mind a bit of left-back

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CRYSTAL Palace defender Joel Ward was delighted to keep another clean sheet and admits he didn't mind moving to left-back during the first half of Saturday's 2-0 win over Cardiff City. Dean Moxey had to come off with what is believed to be a hamstring injury after 25 minutes, so Eagles boss Tony Pulis brought on Adrian Mariappa to right-back and moved Ward across. And when questioned, the former Portsmouth agreed that Palace dominated the contest from start to finish. "We created the best chances and on a better day we may have taken a couple more better chances," said Ward. "I'm delighted for the lads, that we put in a great shift and came away with the three points again. "We played well and we dominated the majority of the game. "We started slightly slow and they (Cardiff) had a great chance, but we bounced back, got ourselves together and I thought from the moment on, we went on comfortably to win the game. "My preferred place is right-back but I can go over there (to left-back) and do a job. At the end of the day, it's for the team and I was just happy to keep a clean sheet." Meanwhile, Ward believes the fixture list wasn't too kind to Palace at the start of the season, but after picking up some recent form, there seems to be a new-found confidence within the squad, added to the arrival of new manager Pulis. "We'll keep taking the momentum and keep on believing," he said. "In the last five games we've picked up a few points and we're pleased with that, but to also keep on building on that. "It was a tough start to the season. I think our run-in was a lot harder than other teams and these games (against Hull, West Ham and Cardiff) are six-pointers you need to pick up points from." And the stopper praised strike duo Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh for getting the goals which lifted the Eagles on to 13 points following their goals in either half on Saturday. Ward said: "I was delighted for him (Jerome). He and Cham put in a massive shift and it was great for both of them to get the rewards."

Crystal Palace defender: I don't mind a bit of left-back


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