Ward condemns Palace’s poor game management against Wolves

Joel Ward

Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward has criticised his team’s game management.

Palace failed to preserve a one-goal lead against Wolves on Sunday by letting them to snatch an injury-time equaliser.

Diogo Jota netted in the 95th minute to earn Wolves a share of the spoils despite playing for the last 20 minutes 10 men.

“I think it is never nice to concede late on and I think we have got to learn from that,” Ward told Sky Sports.

“There’s a couple of scenarios where we probably should have done a bit better especially late on in the game and put it to bed. With the ball down the line or into the corner or whatever it may be.”

Ward allowed Jota to fire past Vicente Guaita after he failed to deal with Adama Traore’s cross from the right.

“It was one of those misjudgements, it skimmed off the top of my head and it is a bitter one to swallow,” he said.

“But we dust ourselves down and go again next week. With another home game to put it right and carry on the momentum from what, at times, was a strong performance, espcially in the second half.”

To make matters worse, the right back’s deflected opener in the 46th minute was taken off him and deemed an own goal by Leander Dendoncker. Ward added: “That sums it up doesn’t it, but it is what it is.”