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Unfortunate way to concede at Manchester City, says Palace defender Joel Ward

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CRYSTAL Palace defender Joel Ward says he and his team-mates were disappointed to concede a deflected first goal at Manchester City on Saturday.

David Silva's strike went into the back of the net via Scott Dann's partial block to give the hosts the lead after starting the second half well.

Silva added a second when Palace were looking to get back in the game before James McArthur's header was ruled out for offside, even though he was clearly on by two yards.

"I heard he was onside, which is disappointing when you get decisions that don't go your way," said Ward.

"We have to dust ourselves and go again. In the first half I thought we did well and caught them on the break a few times and were difficult to play against.

"Second half, it was frustrating to concede, the first goal especially. And then that gave them the confidence Manchester City usually play.

"You could argue week in, week out, there's a little bit of misfortune or something happens when you concede, but that's life.

"We could have done better with that, tracking their runs and keeping shape. It was just unfortunate we didn't bring it back after the scored."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Unfortunate way to concede at Manchester City, says Palace defender Joel Ward


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