CRYSTAL Palace captain Joel Ward felt his side did not deserve to lose against Cherries on Tuesday night.

Justin Kluivert’s 79th minute strike separated the two sides at Vitality Stadium, Cherries picking up their first 1-0 win of the campaign.

Despite Palace only mustering three shots to Cherries’ 11, Ward felt that his side were worthy of at least a point.

He told Crystal Palace’s website: “I think we probably deserved more out of the game.

“It's obviously annoying to come away with nothing, but I think really we should have come away with at least a point.

"But there's lessons to learn and we go again on the weekend and we just have to keep on moving forward.”

The right-back also felt his side should have had a penalty, and bemoaned a lack of luck after Palace had a goal correctly ruled out for offside on the stroke of half-time.

He continued: “The rub of green isn't going your way, but that's football.

“We dust ourselves down and we go again and on another day it falls our way and something comes about.

“It was even late on with a few chances and we had opportunities and a debatable penalty and what have you, so it's one of those games that things didn't quite drop our way.”

Ward, who enjoyed a loan spell with Cherries way back in the 2008/09 season, reached the 300 game mark  in the Premier League for his current employers in Tuesday’s game.

He went on to describe Palace as still learning under their new manager, Oliver Glasner.

“You can never stop learning, so I think we're continuously on that path and we're trying to improve in the areas that we need to improve and obviously develop in the new system.

“I think that does take time, but I think there's been encouraging signs throughout the period of time that obviously the gap has been in and it's been six or seven weeks or whatever in games.

“We're making the strides in the right direction.

"We were just unfortunate enough to (not) come away with at least a point.”