Joel Ward targets Crystal Palace run

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Joel Ward is hoping Crystal Palace’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Stoke City on Saturday will help get the team back on track in the Premier League.

The Eagles defeated the Potters 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to a strike from Wilfried Zaha and their reward is an away clash against title-chasers Tottenham in the next stage.

Alan Pardew will be relieved at picking up the win over Mark Hughes having gone into the game off the back of three consecutive Premier League defeats.

Palace have endured a dreadful run of form recently and they have not tasted success in the top flight since December 19, when they ironically defeated Stoke 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.

No league win in six has seen the club slip to 11th place in the table, although they are still only six points adrift of Manchester United in fifth.

European aspirations are still very much alive and Ward, who has been a regular fixture in the first team this season, is eyeing a good run of results after the cup triumph.

“Hopefully we can take Saturday’s performance into Tuesday night now against Bournemouth” he said. “They are a strong side and they play good football, so we know it’s going to be a tough game.”

Palace play host to Bournemouth on Tuesday and Pardew’s men are 2.40 favourites to clinch all three points and their first league win in seven, while the Cherries are a 3.10 shot to claim all the spoils and the draw is priced at 3.20.

January arrival Emmanuel Adebayor could make his debut for the home side after signing on a free transfer until the end of the season.

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