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Pulis: A Significant Result

26 December 2013

Dwight Gayle's late strike made for a victorious Boxing Day for Tony Pulis but he was keen to make the point that it was team effort and not just the one strike that got the points.

"It's a fantastic strike. He can do that and there was no one more pleased than myself to see it go in. It was a great team display I think we had the more clear cut chances, the lads kept going and we need to do that week in and week out to keep fighting. The two wide lads have so much pace and power.

“The first half was pretty dour in lots of respects but I thought it opened up in the second half and when you've got (Yannick) Bolasie and (Jason) Puncheon down the sides, they can break into teams and that was shown today.

“The keeper made a wonderful save off Barry Bannan and I thought Puncheon had two great opportunities as well so we created the chances.”

Three points against Villa moved his side out of the bottom three in a hectic round of Christmas matches.

"It was a significant result in respect of the Newcastle result last weekend. We got back to basics and made it very difficult for people to get in certain areas.

“We now move onto Saturday’s game against Manchester City, an easy game for us !, they are averaging four or five goals per match at home so we know that will be very difficult for us. “

Gayle’s appearance late in the game was a rare outing for the striker in recent weeks but the boss said that is similar to other players in the club but it is all about every member of the squad being ready when called upon.

"It's the same with Johnny Parr at left-back, I haven't seen a lot of certain players. I'm a manager that picks a team and, if you're in that team, it's more difficult to get out of the team, that's the way I've always managed.

"Sometimes for the people who haven't started, it's difficult to get that run of games, especially if the team does all right. Apart from the Newcastle game, the team has done exceptionally well and this afternoon we saw how all the squad have to be ready to play their part.”



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