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Pulis: We Have Massively Overachieved

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21:26 11th May 2014

Tony Pulis arrived at the club on the morning of our victory at Hull City with just four points to the club's name and finished the final game with 45 points. It could have been more but for a late equaliser by Fulham although the Palace boss was delighted with his sides display. 


"It would have been great to have come and won here today to finish our season with a victory but once again you have to give this group of lads a hell of a lot of credit for the way they performed this afternoon in a game we came so close to winning. 


"It was an entertaining match with chances at both ends and lots of opportunities.  We are disappointed we couldn’t make more of our second half chances, I don’t know how Glenn Murray’s shot comes off the post and hits Dwight Gayle and then goes wide but once again my lads showed what they can do and it was no surprise as this group have been absolutely marvellous this season."


The boss can look back on many proud moments since he took charge but overall he is delighted at the way his side have overachieved amongst the elite of the footballing top flight. 


"If you look at the stats from when I came in it shows what a great achievement this season has been but one stat not to forget is that we managed to finish eleventh with the smallest budget in this league. This football club has massively overachieved and everyone should take great credit, its been a great ride."


Two goals in this London derby mean it is four goals in two games for Dwight Gayle and Pulis feels that the youngster is a different person from the one he met when he first arrived to take over.


"When I first came to the club Dwight was the marquee signing. We'd spent a lot of money on him and it looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders in lots of respects.


"He wasn't really integrated into the group and he looked a bit on the fringes, so we spent a lot of time opening him up as a person and a player.


"He's become a lot closer to the group and his mates in the dressing room. He didn't need the pressure, we took that away from him and he's improved immensely."