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Joe Ledley praises new midfield partner and hails good point at Aston Villa

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JOE Ledley believes Palace's point away from home at Aston Villa was a good one on New Year's Day.

It was seen a bore draw for many supporters inside Villa Park but midfielder Ledley says it's something for him and his team-mates to work on under new manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew is all set to be announced as the club's new manager after he was seen sitting in the stands at Villa Park before taking his first training session today (Friday).

Ledley was left to rue Yannick Bolasie's miss when through on goal and also praised Joel Ward for stepping into midfield, with Mile Jedinak now with the Australia squad for the Asian Cup tournament.

"It was vital to keep another clean sheet," Ledley told the Advertiser.

"We had a big chance when Yannick went through to get a goal, but apart from that we didn't really create that much.

"It was a good point away from home but results didn't go our way either. We just need to build on it now and with a new manager.

"You have to take your chances. Yannick has been brilliant for us this season and I'm sure if had another go he would slot it in.

"Joel Ward didn't look out place in midfield, it's always a difficult place to play when you normally play in defence.

"To come into the middle is a totally different picture but I thought he did a good job. We will miss out captain being away and now Yannick as well.

"It's two big losses for us but hopefully it gives us an opportunity for people to come in."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Joe Ledley praises new midfield partner and hails good point at Aston Villa


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