Crystal Palace suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
Alan Pardew’s side lost their first home game of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign, going down 2-1 to London rivals Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger’s team took the lead as early as the 16th minute through Olivier Giroud, but Ward's driven shot drew Palace level just before the half-hour mark.
Arsenal had the last laugh, though, as Damian Delaney sliced an Alexis Sanchez header into his own net on 55 minutes.
Over the course of the 90 minutes at Selhurst Park, the Gunners had 59% of the possession, took 20 shots of which seven were on target and earned six corners.
Hosts Palace had 41% of the possession, took 11 shots of which four were on target and earned six corners.
Following the game, Palace players Ward, McArthur and McCarthy took to Twitter to express their disappointment at the final result.
Great to get on the score sheet today although gutted about the result, atmosphere was amazing #cpfc we go again next week.— Joel Ward (@joelward20) August 16, 2015
Gutted we didn't get anything today. Much better second half, now on to next week to get first home win of the year #cpfc— James Mcarthur (@jamesmcarthur16) August 16, 2015
What a game... Should of at least come away with a point! Amazing supportwhat an atmosphere! #CPFC— Alex McCarthy (@Alex_Macca23) August 16, 2015
It was a mixed day for Patrick Bamford, who was delighted to make his competitive debut for Palace but also disappointed with the defeat.
The England Under-21 international forward joined the Eagles on a season-long loan deal from Premier League champions Chelsea last month.
The 21-year-old former Nottingham Forest prospect came on as a substitute against Arsenal in the 80th minute.