Crystal Palace fans have been left displeased with the performance of Joel Ward after their latest Premier League setback.
They suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United on Sunday but Ward was one of the players who took particular flack from the Selhurst Park faithful.
Despite boasting some impressive stats which included six tackles, they were left annoyed with his overall display and the fact he was partly to blame for John Lundstram’s winner.
One supporter said he never wanted to see Ward’s face again as his unforced errors were picked up on by another angry fan.
A further individual went as far as labelling the 29-year-old as the worst footballer in the Premier League. The fact Palace didn’t buy another right-back after losing Aaron Wan-Bissaka was also made reference to.
The defender was branded as poor but made four interceptions and eight clearances, per WhoScored. He didn’t offer much in attacking phases of play, however, failing to make a single key pass and completing just one dribble.
Roy Hodgson also has Martin Kelly who can play right-back and after this display, he may be preferred in Palace’s next outing.
Here’s the best of the reaction.
That was a bad performance never want to see wards face again #cpfc
— CPFC (@CPalacefc1) August 18, 2019
That last kick of the game said it all. I don’t want to see Kelly, Ward or Benteke in the team again. Rather an academy player than them three. Clueless players who are above their level. #cpfc
— Dane (@Dane_c88) August 18, 2019
@CPFC @CEO4TAG that performance was an absolute disgrace. Not one single good showing from anyone. Joel Ward made more unforced errors in the first half than we had shots on goal. How the club went after midfielders instead of RB, LB and STR in transfer window is beyond me. #cpfc
— JF (@JF_1010) August 18, 2019
Having a premier league and champions league winning centre back on the bench and still playing Ward right back when Kelly can play there… peak Palace. At least we’ve got game changers on the bench…??#cpfc
— Dave Kemp (@kempy_7) August 18, 2019
Joel Ward is the worst footballer in the Premier League. Don’t want to hear any disagreements #cpfc
— George Toner (@George_Toner) August 18, 2019
Joel ward has just cost us a goal. This is why should of got a right back #cpfc
— Tom (@tfoster450) August 18, 2019
— TheEagleTweets (@EagleTweets2) August 18, 2019
Ward and Townsend are having a shocker so far #cpfc
— Perry Ableman (@perry_j_ableman) August 18, 2019