Palace defender determined to make it third time lucky at Wembley

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace face Watford in the FA Cup semi-final tomorrow at Wembley.

Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward has told Sky Sports News of his determination to reach the FA Cup final with his clubs, having twice missed out when he was on Portsmouth's books.

The Eagles take on Watford tomorrow in what will be a season defining game for the South Londoners and Ward spoke of his excitement in being involved with Portsmouth's previous cup runs:

"I was there on the day in 2008. I was actually out on loan that season at Bournemouth, but I was present for the final. I was more involved two years later when I tagged along with the squad to the semi and the final. It was incredible to be involved with. But I wouldn't say I was involved in either of them in any shape or form."

Ward can certainly consider himself very much part of Palace's run to the semi-final this season, however.

He has played in every round of the world's most famous domestic cup competition, and scored a goal in his side's third round victory at Southampton.

He went on to say how he gained great experience as a youngster during Portsmouth's cup runs:

"You're almost slightly detached from it all, being a young player. It was great being involved and being there though."

Ward, 26, has impressed for the Eagles this season, with his versatility being utilised fully by manager Alan Pardew.

He has also chipped in with two Premier League goals and an assist in 27 outings, and despite missing Wednesday's game against Manchester United due to injury, he has been passed fit for tomorrow's match.

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