Crystal Palace man wants result against 'world-class' Chelsea stars

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace

Joel Ward is confident Crystal Palace can repeat their shock victory over Chelsea in the Premier League.

The Eagles claimed a shock result against Jose Mourinho’s men at Selhurst Park last season, with John Terry’s own goal setting Palace up for Premier League survival, and all-but-destroying the Blues’ title hopes.

The pair face off again this weekend, but it is hard to see a similar result being stolen from Chelsea, with the West Londoners still undefeated this season, whilst Palace have struggled to find form following their insane start to the current campaign, which saw Tony Pulis leave the club on the eve of the season opener.

Neil Warnock has arrived as manager and set about improving the side, winning two games, and moving the Eagles out of the bottom three, and he will be looking to extend Palace’s good run against Chelsea.

The man who provided the cross which Terry turned into his own net was Joel Ward, and he told the official Premier League website that the Palace squad have the perfect mentality to defeat any team.

He said: “Last year we proved the type of team we are and the squad that we've got.

“There's a belief of going out there and the attitude that we all bring and the expectations that we demand of each other, there's no reason why we should fear any team.

“We knew exactly what we wanted to do [against Chelsea].

“They are going to have spells where they have a lot of the ball, but we locked up shop, hit them on the break and made life difficult for them with the strategy at times, and that's what we were very good at.”

Whilst the Blues have stormed the early part of the season, with Diego Costa leading the scoring charts and Cesc Fabregas register a league-high seven assists, Ward is looking for his teammates to stop them with a great performance on the day.

He added: “I can't wait to play the big teams and the big names but every team has got good players and that's why it's the best league in the world.

“Their two additions [Costa and Fabregas] are incredible, world-class players and we will have to try and stop them on the day.

“When you're facing the big teams as a club, we feel they're added-bonus games. For a player it is great to play against the players involved in those teams, but we give ourselves the best opportunity to go there and make sure we have an impact on the game, hopefully turn in a big performance and come away with a great result.”

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