Crystal Palace must pick up points in favourable run, warns Joel Ward

Jack Rosser
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Joel Ward says Crystal Palace must take advantage of a favourable run of games to ensure there is no fear over slipping into a relegation scrap.

The Eagles host Wolves tomorrow having won just one in their last ten games in all competitions and looking to turn a corner following a limp display in defeat against West Ham in the week.

Following tomorrow's game Palace face a string of games against sides around or below them with Newcastle, Leeds, Burnley, Brighton and Fulham their next five opponents, and the Palace squad know this is a chance to turn things around.

Ward said: "When you look at blocks, if you break [the season] into blocks [of games], this potentially is a good block for us to put some points on the board and that is what we want to do, that is what we set out to do in every game.

"We want to get points on the board and look forward to make sure we get looking up the table as much as possible. It is a massive game for us but we’ll go about it in the same way and manner as we do every game."

Manager Roy Hodgson is set to hand a debut to January signing Jean-Philippe Mateta against Wolves tomorrow. The striker, signed from Mainz on an 18-month loan with an option to buy last week, was not able to feature against West Ham due to visa issues.

Those problems have now been cleared up and Ward said the 23-year-old's arrival has been a lift for the whole squad.

The right-back said: "Yeah I think anytime a new player comes in it is always a lift, always exciting and it would be great to hit the ground running. Hopefully he can do that and I’m sure he’ll settle well, we’ve got a good group of lads here."

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