EAGLES defender Joel Ward had admitted that the side let themselves down during the defeat to Leicester City.

Palace was beaten 2-1 at the King Power Stadium by the Foxes, although the scoreline was generous to the visitors.

Wilfried Zaha's second-half goal made the scoreline more respectable but in reality, Palace were far off the pace of the hosts.

Joel Ward came on in the first half to play at left-back in place of Tyrick Mitchell.

He believes the defeat against Leicester was “a wake-up call”, and said the team has work to do for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.

News Shopper: Joel Ward, right, hope Crystal Palace can have a good remainder of the seasonJoel Ward, right, hope Crystal Palace can have a good remainder of the season

Ward told the club website: “Coming off the back of such a good and solid run it’s always disappointing not to perform the way we have been.

“We dust ourselves down, we’ve been there before and we kick on for the weekend.

“We have to respect them, they’re a solid side, they’re a good side.

“But I think we have to as well look at ourselves and what we could have done better and there are certain things we need to be working and making sure we put right come the weekend.

“I think you can see this as a bit of a wake-up call, to make sure we remain focused, that we remain determined. And that we prepare correctly for the week ahead and the rest of the games this season.

“You have to be ready as and when called upon and to come back from injury and get the minutes under my belt is great. Hopefully I can kick on from there.”