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Pulis Laments "Poor Goals"

21 December 2013

Palace manager Tony Pulis gave an honest account of his side's display against Newcastle after admitting they gave away two "poor goals."

The Eagles slipped to their first home defeat in four games about the European contenders, who made the long journey home to Tyneside with a 3-0 victory in the bag.

But Pulis believes his side helped the Magpies on their way with some of their defending.

He said: "The first two goals were poor goals. The one thing that we've been since I've come to the football club is solid and pretty disciplined in coping with most things. 

"Today, we've really gifted them two poor, poor goals and from that point onwards, you're chasing the game. Against a team that will finish in the top eight, I think, it's always very, very difficult."

Pulis shifted Joel Ward into an unorthodox central midfield role following injuries to Kagisho Dikgacoi and Stuart O'Keefe - something the gaffer thought contributed to the result, as Newcastle's midfield took control of the match.

Pulis said: "We're very unfortunate in that we lost two players last week in the same position, O'Keefe and KG and we put Wardy in there. He's played really well at left back and if you look at the game they had so much play down their right-hand side and caused us so many problems. 

"I think they got in about 15 crosses on our left-hand side in the first 20 minutes. That's why I made a change at half time, so it cost us a little bit.

"But irrespective of our performance you have to give Newcastle credit."

Pulis again stressed the importance of his side's form at Selhurst Park, ahead of two tough away trips straight after Christmas.

"You have to do well at home," he said. "The next two games at Villa Park and Man City will be tough, so we have to do well here and we can't be gifting teams goals."

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