Joel Ward makes Crystal Palace admission after Liverpool game as Patrick Viera is left upset

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Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward said his side felt they could have come away from Anfield with at least a point on Saturday had they taken some of their chances in front of goal.

The Eagles eventually lost 3-0 on Merseyside though that scoreline flattered the hosts, who only killed off the game in the final ten minutes thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita.

Sadio Mane had earlier opened the scoring right before half-time, though both before and after his goal Palace created several good chances that could have turned the tide for Patrick Vieira’s side.

The visitors made a lively start to the match as they hit the post twice in the opening two minutes through Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, while Jordan Ayew and Odsonne Edouard were both guilty of missing good chances while the game was still poised at 1-0 in the second half.

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Despite those missed opportunities though, many Palace supporters were pleased to see their team attacking the Liverpool goal and looking to create chances during the match – with Ward echoing their thoughts at the full-time whistle.

“We certainly felt like we could have walked away with something today, and that wouldn’t have been unjustified,” said the full-back, who set up a good chance for Edouard in the second half only for the Frenchman to miscontrol the ball in the box.

“We created enough opportunities, enough chances, and maybe on another day, if those chances go in, we come away with something in this game.

“On numerous occasions, we created good chances. Unfortunately, they (Liverpool) capitalised on their half chances that they got as well.”

Palace also had a penalty shout for a foul on Benteke from Kostas Tsimikas turned down by referee Andy Madley in the first half, with the Belgian going down in the box after getting tangled with his man.

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“I haven’t seen it back, but my initial thought on the pitch was that maybe he’s blocked him or impeded him from going and getting a header on the ball,” added Ward.

“I can’t really say because I haven’t seen it, but from where I was, running up and supporting the play from behind, it certainly looked like it could have been a penalty.”

Vieira was also upset after the match with some of the refereeing decisions during the game, with James Milner and Thiago both escaping bookings despite a number of fouls.

He said: “When you come to a difficult place like Anfield a lot of decisions will go their way. I don’t know if this is the way it should be.

“There was a couple of situations where we believe those decisions didn’t go our way.”

Source by Football London

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