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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew wants defender Joel Ward

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says the return of defender Joel Ward at Chelsea would be of massive benefit to his team.

Ward missed his first match of the season as Palace lost 2-0 at home to Hull City, with Pardew admitting the his team were well below par.

Steve Bruce's relegation-battling Tigers pulled the Eagles' back four apart time and again as Dame N'Doye's double eased their drop fears.

Former Newcastle boss Pardew knows Palace can ill afford any repeat of that disarray at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and is upbeat Ward's return could boost his side's stability.

"We're fingers crossed for Chelsea for Joel - I'm sure Chelsea aren't, but we are, because he's an important player for us who has had a great season, and he was a loss to us (on Saturday) for sure," the 53-year-old said.

"He had a shin injury he picked up in training this week."

Senegal star N'Doye missed a host of chances before claiming a second-half brace at Selhurst Park that kept Hull out of the relegation zone.

Palace are all but mathematically safe thanks to Pardew's impressive stewardship following his January arrival.

However, the Eagles have slipped off the Premier League pace in the last two weeks with consecutive home defeats to West Brom and now City.

"Missing Wardy was a problem for us against Hull," Pardew said. "We were poor. We weren't at it at all, and we'll address that in our way.

"It's hard to say what was missing. We missed a little bit of quality from the back, midfield wasn't quite as I would have liked and our forward line wasn't quite as I would have liked."

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