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Pulis: Absolutely Delighted

17 April 2014

Tony Pulis looked back on the early days of his managerial reign at Palace as he reflected on the excellent job his squad had done following the vital victory at Goodison Park.  

"I started at Hull and we had four points. Now we have 40. It is a remarkable achievement from the players - they have been absolutely fantastic.

"I'm proud of them. I've just had a chat with them and said that without their effort and buying into what we're trying to do, we wouldn't have achieved it.

"It's brilliant - I am absolutely delighted for the supporters and the football club.

"It is nice to say we are going to be a Premier League club next year with four games to go."

Pulis says it was all difficult to take on the sidelines as victory was never assured until that final whistle and the boss took time out to take an overview of the talent he has available in the squad. 

"We were a little bit disappointed at half time because we broke so well but didn't take make more of our opportunities. When we got the second and third goal they came back at us and we had to see it through, it was tough watching it on the sidelines let alone being out there.  

"As a group of players these lads have had to buy into what we are trying to do. It's a different type of group to the one I had at Stoke. 

"We play through the middle more, we have very quick players and they have different strengths. We have decided on the best way to play and found a system that suits them. We also added some quality. Tom Ince is a top player and has been unlucky not to play more. Joe Ledley and Scott Dann have been brilliant. Wayne Hennessey must be the best signing as he has really kept Julian Speroni on his toes.  And when you have pace like Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon you always have a chance."

The boss may feel safety is secured but he doesn't want the foot taken off from the pedal in the remaining matches of the season. 

"We have now won four games in a row and this has put us in a strong position but we have a responsibility to our supporters and the other clubs in the Barclays Premier League to turn up for the remaining games and play in the same way we have been doing. We have a big London derby on Saturday at West Ham and must approach it in the same way we have become used to over the last few months."

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