Ward: Eagles are prepared to fly out of the blocks to down the Swans
3:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward says the Eagles will look to fly out of the blocks quickly tomorrow when they take on Swansea City.
The Welsh side put on a majestic display on Thursday night as they beat Valencia 3-0 in Spain in the Europa League.
But Palace will be hoping to capitalise on any hangover from that game on Sunday as they look to build on their last home win against Sunderland.
Ward, who is doubtful for the game, said: “We know Swansea are a fluid passing side, they have got a lot of danger in their side and they keep the ball very well.
“As a team we have to make sure we are hard to break down as a group and we defend from the front.
“We expect them to have a lot of the ball as they have shown that in Europe and in their years in the top flight.
“They have beaten some of the big teams but we just have to focus on our jobs and hopefully we can hurt them when we go forward and when we counter them.”
He added: “Last year in Championship we had to play a lot of games on a Saturday and then a Tuesday.
“It does take it out of you but in the modern game now there is such an emphasis on recovery and looking after yourselves that people tend to recover quickly.
“We know they have had a game midweek but we can only focus on what we do and we are hoping to get off to a good start and fly out of the blocks.”
New signing Adrian Mariappa had to fill in at right back against Manchester United due to injuries and Ward said the former Reading player has got off to a good start at Selhurst Park.
He said: “Adrian has settled in well, he had a good game at the weekend and he is a good player.
"The gaffer has brought in a lot of players and he has strengthened and we have a lot of depth to the squad now.
“It is important to have that especially with injuries and suspensions. We need that healthy competition.”
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