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Joel Ward | Defensemen

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 183

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Crystal Palace put up a strong fight but they couldn't prevent Arsenal leaving Selhurst Park with three points.
The Gunners went up early on an Olivier Giroud goal before Joel Ward's exceptional strike from distance after James McArthur laid it back to him to draw the score level. Unfortunately, the level score wouldn't last as Palace were guilty of poor defending as Alexis Sanchez shouldn't have been allowed to get a head to the ball that he headed toward the Palace goal. Damien Delaney deflected the ball past the keeper for the final tally and a 2-1 loss for the home side. Aug 16 - 10:39 AM

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Joel Ward racked up the phantom defending points last season but hasn't been as prolific this season in general but he turned back the clock against Chelsea with a solid effort.

Ward was so solid in picking up phantom points that we named a phantom point All-Star team after him in the Monday Morning Manager column. Ward hasn't really lived up to that honor this season due to fewer opportunities and lesser production when he does actually start. Against the new champions, Ward looked like he did last season with four passes intercepted, three tackles won, and a blocked shot on defense as well as a corner won and a successful cross going forward.
May 7 - 10:37 AM

Joel Ward looks to be losing his race for fitness after the Crystal Palace defender missed last weekends’ home defeat to Hull City after picking up a shin injury in training.

Alan Pardew was "hopeful" when discussing his involvement in GW35 but the defender who had been an ever-present in the league this season is yet to join the group, although there may be a possibility for a return on Friday or Saturday. However the squad will be boosted as Marouane Chamakh and Frazier Campbell [both hamstring] trained fully this week with a view of making the match-day 18. The Eagles’ have lost two consecutive games and with Jordon Mutch, Joe Ledley and Chung-Yong Lee back to full fitness Pardew could look to shake things up ahead of a visit to champions elect Chelsea.
Apr 29 - 12:52 PM

Joel Ward had a monster fantasy day that included a goal to help Crystal Palace to an easy 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Ward could have had clean sheet points added to his impressive score in the Yahoo game were it not for a ridiculous 40 yard cannon by Matt Phillips late on. Regardless, investors will be pleased. Palace took command thanks to the pace of their wide midfielders as Yannick Bolasie would tee up two goals to Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur respectively by beating the young Darnell Furlong down the left and sending in crosses through the mouth of goal. Zaha would pick out Ward for the other goal, as he shook off defenders on the edge of the area to find him. Ward then sent a left footed wormburner that curled inside the far post at a snail's pace. The Eagles attack is buzzing right now, though Zaha and Jason Puncheon may spend the week in the physio room due to a collision with the post on the opening score.

Crystal Palace are launching a £3million bid for Leeds right-back Sam Byram.

19-year old Byram has been interesting a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, so Palace would do well to get a deal done as quickly as possible. Byram was a regular starter for Leeds this season, playing on the right of defence, but also moving into midfield on occasions. His potential arrival would provide some stiff competition for current right-back Joel Ward, who had a hugely impressive debut season for Palace.
Source: Daily Mail
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 08:52:00 AM