Cameron Jerome was delighted with his goal-scoring heroics in Palace’s 2-0 win over his former club Cardiff City this afternoon.
The on loan Stoke City striker opened the scoring in the 6th minute to set the Eagles on their way to a vital three points, which moved them up to 18th in the Barclays Premier League table – just a point behind Malky Mackay’s men.
Jerome admitted after the game that manager Tony Pulis had talked about the importance of making a quick start against the Bluebirds – and it was the burly frontman’s headed goal that allowed them to do just that.
“We talked about setting the tempo early,” Jerome said. “We knew Cardiff had a difficult away game in the week and travelled all the way here. We’re at home, we had to take the game to them and we managed to get an early goal.
“Coming in here, playing games and getting a run in the side for the last three or four games and obviously getting the goal today – the confidence is there. The results are starting to come for the team too and that’s the most important thing.”
Jerome reserved praise for his strike partner, Marouane Chamakh, who scored the Eagles’ second goal just before the hour mark.
“We’ve struck up a good little partnership,” he said. “We both work well together, we are both hard working players and we’ve both got a little bit of everything in our game.
“Cham deserved his goal again today. He worked really hard just off the front, he’s really important to the team and he’s shown his attitude is great this season.”
The win was a second in five games for new manager Tony Pulis, who has picked up six points from a possible nine since taking the Palace hotseat last month.
And Jerome is pleased with the impact his former Stoke City mentor has had in SE25.
“Since he’s come in, he’s carried on the momentum that Keith Millen built up over those three or four games,” he said. “Tony’s come in, he’s had a big impact, the boys have responded well to him and we’re getting good results now.
“From a personal point of view and the team’s point of view, it’s magnificent that someone like that has come in.”