Eagles defender saddened by Holloway's exit
But the Eagles right-back insists the squad can build on this weekend’s impressive performance against table-topping Arsenal.
Ward, who has hit his best form since the arrival of Holloway, spoke fondly of his former boss.
He said: “Ian Holloway is a good manager, I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and it is a shame he has left under these circumstances.
“It was a great run in the last year and a great experience.
“He is so passionate and driven.
“There are not too many people out there who will bend over backwards for their players, and he certainly does.
“He gives everything for you to help you improve your game.
“The manager is very enthusiastic and a lot of fun.
“He’s always positive and that rubs off on the players, fans and everyone around him, but he’s gone and we have to move on and give our best to whoever comes in.”
The Eagles rallied to caretaker boss Keith Millen's pre-match calls for a reaction to Holoway’s exit and last Monday’s 4-1 Fulham defeat and he certainly got it.
Palace ran the high-flying visitors close at Selhurst Park but were eventually seen off in a 2-0 defeat thanks to an early second half Mikel Arteta penalty and a late Olivier Giroud header.
However, despite suffering yet another Premier League loss, the performance has given the squad belief they can still turn around their fortunes this term once Holloway’s successor is appointed.
Ward explained: “We wanted a reaction today and came out and gave it our all and showed we are up for a fight and that’s what we did.
“It has been tough losing so many games but we’ve got to rise above it and keep positive because we are very privileged to be doing what we are doing and to be playing in one of the biggest and best leagues in the world, so you have to look forward to it and enjoy yourself.
“We’ve got to pick up the points where we can, but ultimately we weren’t targeting today's game as one we were expecting to get anything from.
“But we can build on this performance and take it into our next game against West Brom.”
The defender added: “We’re doing everything we can we just need a bit more rub of the green.
“I think that showed again today when I hit the bar and when their goalkeeper pulled off an amazing save for Mile Jedinak’s shot.
“We just need one of them to go in and I think it will be the catalyst.
“Whoever comes in will bring their own ideas and a different way of working to the group so we will adapt, move forward and start picking up points when we can.”
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