Palace manager Tony Pulis was delighted with the way Jason Puncheon bounced back from his penalty miss against Tottenham Hotspur to net the winning goal against Stoke City.
Puncheon popped up with 51st minute strike which ultimately proved to be the winning goal, as Pulis celebrated victory over his former employers
And the gaffer said after the game: “We had no problems with Puncheon, he’s missed a penalty albeit by a great distance but you know that’s what happens in life – you get ups and downs, especially being a professional footballer.
“The important thing was for him to get back on and do what he does best and that’s to play football. He’s a good player, he can do things and create chances and score goals. It’s like riding a bike and falling off the first time. You make sure you get back on that bike quickly and start peddling again.
“It’s a pleasing result for us because we need to win home games. To get a clean sheet as well was good, so I was really, really pleased. [Jack] Butland’s saves at the end made it more tense. I was hoping and praying we’d get a second goal and relax a little bit, but the lad made some great saves at the end.”
Pulis was delighted with a huge victory which sent the Eagles soaring from bottom of the table to 16th – just three points off of 10th placed Hull City, who are the next visitors to Selhurst on Tuesday 28th January.
But Pulis was refusing to get carried away by this afternoon’s win.
“As I said last week, this is not the defining moment,” he said. “The defining moment is in the future so what we’ve got to do is make sure we keep our feet on the ground and hoping and praying that we can bring some players in.
“We need to bring some players in. That’ll strengthen us, the lads are hoping for a few to come in as well and then push on from there. We’ll give it a good crack as we’ve done since I walked into the club.”