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Pulis Looks Ahead To January

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18:00 1st January 2014


Palace manager Tony Pulis was left slightly disappointed not to pick up victory against Norwich City on New Year’s Day, but believes his side did well given the treacherous weather conditions.

As torrential rain and gale force winds battered Selhurst Park, Jason Puncheon’s penalty cancelled out Bradley Johnson’s opener to earn the Eagles a share of the spoils.

Palace had several opportunities to go on and get the winner, but were made to settle for a draw at the start of 2014. 

Pulis said: “I think overall we should have had the three points. We had the better chances, the better opportunities, but it’s the second game running at home where we’ve played a game in very, very bad conditions that made it, at times, a lottery.

“As the home team, you don’t really want that – you want that advantage of being at home and being a little bit more dominant. Like I say, I thought it was difficult for both teams, but thought the referee did well under the conditions.”

Cameron Jerome has two of Palace’s best opportunities in the game and Pulis admitted the on-loan striker had spoken about the spurned chances after the game.

“He’s a little bit disappointed,” the gaffer said. “The one in the first half, if he gets good contact on it, his body shape was a little bit flat – if he’s facing more towards the goal then I think he’s only got to stick his foot out and it goes in the back of the net. 

“And then the one second half, he’s got to keep that down. If he keeps it down, then he’s got a great chance of scoring.”  

But Pulis was full of praise for goalscorer Puncheon who netted his first Palace goal from the spot – but would not be drawn on whether he would attempt to sign him on a permanent deal as we move into the January transfer window. 

He said: “Punch has done well. I thought he was one of our better players and on his day, he causes problems for anyone. The chairman will have to decide that.

“But the next two or three weeks are very, very big weeks for this football club in respect of what we can bring in. Those three weeks will be important and we need to get a couple in. If we can do that, then hopefully it will help us with our task, which is a tough task.”

To watch the manager's post-match press conference in full, CLICK HERE.