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We can emulate Wales' winning mentality, says Crystal Palace's Ledley

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By Damian Spellman

Joe Ledley has challenged Crystal Palace to take a leaf out of Wales' book as they attempt to make an impression in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old midfielder was one of the stars of his country's remarkable surge to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, where their adventure was brought to an end by eventual champions Portugal.

Now Ledley is hoping Palace, who were 2-1 winners at Middlesbrough on Saturday, can follow in the footsteps of Chris Coleman's side and raise a few eyebrows on the domestic front.

He said: "I want the same with the club. You want to be winning games. No one likes losing and that's what we need to do here.

"We are a small nation, Wales, and we managed to turn the world upside down and at Palace now we need to have that mentality. We have the players, but as a team you need to work your socks off and try to win games."

Palace did just that for the first time this season on Saturday when they headed for previously unbeaten Boro and emerged with the three points.

Christian Benteke headed them into a 16th-minute lead with his first goal since his £27.5m switch from Liverpool, and although Daniel Ayala levelled before the break, Wilfried Zaha pounced on an error by defender George Friend two minutes after the restart to win it 2-1.

That came as a relief to both the players and manager Alan Pardew, who had tasted victory in only two of his previous 22 league games in 2016 before kick-off, a run which led to a tense conclusion to last season.

Ledley said: "The league is very strong this season, and if we can just continue what we are trying to do here... we had a slow start, but to get points on the board takes pressure off.

"You don't want to be playing under pressure, you just want to go out there and enjoy it and that's what we'll hopefully continue to do."

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