Crystal Palace’s season hasn’t quite gone to plan since the turn of the year as they are still waiting for their first league win but the ever-reliable Joel Ward believes Palace can push on in the remaining fixtures.
The 2-2 draw away at West Ham was a welcome point as they are dangerously close to the drop-zone, but a win against Norwich this coming weekend would ease any doubt Palace supporters may have of dropping into the Championship.
Palace still have their first FA Cup semi-final in 21 years to look forward to, so Alan Pardew’s men could still achieve a lot in this current campaign and go on a run like in previous campaigns and banish the current fears of relegation.
Ward says Palace have the ‘power to go on a four or five game’ winning run
The Norwich game this weekend at Selhurst Park looks to be their biggest game of the season; a loss would really put Pardew’s men in the mire, but a win would go a long way in securing another season of Premier League football.
It’s probably the most important time for a club to stay in the Premier League, as the new TV deal comes into play next season, and if Palace can recruit wisely over the summer, they would be in a much better position to deal with the type of run they have endured since Christmas.
But speaking to the press this week, Ward says his teammates are taking ‘each game at a time’ as they look to navigate away from the lower reaches of the league.
“It’s not out of our power to go on a four or five game run like we have in the last couple of years,” continued Ward.
Norwich themselves are fighting to stay in the division, and last weekend they picked up a vital three-points as they beat Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United side 3-2 with Martin Olsson grabbing a last-minute winner.
“The most important thing is that we do the business on Saturday,” said a confident Ward as himself and Palace look to end the season on a high.