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Palace 'thriving' after tumultuous pre-season

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PALACE midfielder Joe Ledley has hailed boss Neil Warnock and says he and his team-mates are "thriving" under him.

The Eagles are unbeaten in the league under the manager and Ledley says the 65-year-old is letting them play to their strengths.

"The gaffer has come in, we're happy with the way he's working and he hasn't really changed much," said Ledley.

"He believes in us and when we do get on the ball we just get on with our game and lets us play.

"It is working and he's been brilliant. We're thriving under him.

"We were just as frustrated as the fans when Tony Pulis left but credit to the new gaffer, he's come in and done brilliantly.

"No one can complain with how he's done, he's let us get on with our jobs. It's good to work under a manager like that."

Warnock has played Ledley alongside Mile Jedinak and James McArthur in the last two league matches, which has not only produced two wins but also allowed the Eagles to bomb forward down the flanks.

It is certainly a solid-looking midfield with the trio, and that has allowed the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon to cause a threat.

But at the same time Ledley says he and the midfielders are "disciplined" in their roles and that is paying dividends.

"That's two wins in a row so hopefully we can continue our form and now we're looking forward to the game against Hull City," he said.

"We have got five in midfield counter-attacking and we're very disciplined. We can mix it up, we can put two up front, have five in midfield or whatever.

"It's good to be back playing, I have been a little bit unlucky with injury lately so I have been happy to get two 90 minutes under my belt and also two wins.

"We work our socks off in there and try to support the front person and then the back two and four as well. It is a tough job but we're disciplined and we go from there."

Ledley's club and international team-mate Jonny Williams left for Ipswich Town on loan on Monday, and he believes the 20-year-old's time will come at Palace.

However, Ledley insists the form of others can't be ignored and it makes it hard for Warnock to leave them out due to their good form.

"We all know how good Jonny can be, he just needs to bide his time," said Ledley.

"He's still young and has a great future ahead of him.

You can't really argue with the players in the team at the moment. Players like Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie have been fantastic so he's just got to wait his turn and go from there."

Palace 'thriving' after tumultuous pre-season


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