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Pulis: Everyone Deserves Credit

19 April 2014

Tony Pulis managed his side to a fifth consecutive league win and a fourth clean sheet meant the side left east London preparing for a second season in the top flight.


"The defence has been fantastic, but I also think we've played some really, really good football, again we could have scored three or four goals, so don't take anything away from we've got here.


"This is a different team than what I had at Stoke; it’s got different strengths. We sat down and had a look at the strengths of the team and we’ve worked out the system that we think would suit them. You have to be strong, you have to be resilient. We’ve got great pace on the break. The two wide players, again, today were outstanding. Yannick Bolasie was the best player on the pitch for me.


"The big thing for me today was the turnaround with three games in a week, to play at Everton on Wednesday night and to not get back until about half-past two in the morning and then to try and get them recovered and ready to go, I just said to them the effort and commitment you put in today was just wonderful for that."


The gaffer paid special tribute to the fans, 3000 of our travelling support were at West Ham and coming from a club that were known for their support he took time to mention the way this group of fans have taken to what he has come in to do.


"It’s not just about the eleven who get selected but its about everyone playing their part. The people who have not been in the team have been wonderful and everybody’s bought into it - the supporters have also really been fabulous.

"I had eight, nine years at Stoke and they were wonderful there and these fans here have bought into how much and how important they are as a group to help the players, not so much now we’re winning, but when things weren’t going so well at the beginning.


"You went to Selhurst Park and you’d go a goal down and the supporters would still be getting behind the team so they have to take a lot of credit as well.".


The game was decided by a penalty and Pulis was quick after to point out that his side could have got more than the one spot kick.


"Yeah, I think Sam said they could have had a couple of penalties and I think we could have had a couple more as well. I think it’s hit Nolan on the hand in the first half and the second one with Jason Puncheon - we could have had a penalty there. Both sides will most probably scream that they could have had penalties."


Standing pitchside he was unaware of who was going to take the spot kick as he leaves that decision to the lads out on the pitch and the one who stepped up for the winning goal was his skipper, Mile Jedinak.


"I just let the lads decide out on the pitch, whoever is confident for me is the one, unless you’ve got a specialised penalty taker and Glenn Murray was right up (on the touchline awaiting to come on as a sub) when we got the penalty saying ‘get me on there, get me on there’ ! but Mile’s stepped up and thank God he did.

"We knew we had to deal with Andy Carroll. Carroll is a handful and he was that again today so you have to deal with it and Mile’s helped the two centre halves. That little pivot in the heart of our defence helping Damien Delaney and Scott Dann was vital."


Time was taken at the end of the conference for reflection on how far things have come in recent months.


"I actually looked at the last few fixtures and the last two home games are an absolute nightmare; Man City and Liverpool. So I thought we’d better be close at this time as I wouldn’t like to be going into them needing points. But it’s been a remarkable turnaround and everybody at the football club deserves a lot of credit.  They’ve really bought in to what we’re trying to do and they’ve worked very hard on the training ground. That doesn’t just happen.  You have to work very, very hard. They have stomached a lot of weeks without having any days off and a lot of stuff which maybe would bore a lot of people. They’ve bought into it and they’ve got results and I’m very pleased for them because they are a very, very, good group."


With three games to go there is one thing for sure and that is that the squad will not be taking their foot of the pedal and will look to continue this fine run until the final whistle of the season.


"We’ve done absolute fantastic, but in football, if you start tapping yourself on the back someone will come up behind you and kick you up the backside. It’s very important that we keep our feet on the ground and approach the last three games with the same attitude and approach. We know it will be tough and we have a responsibility to the Barclays Premier League because it is the best league in the world and the most competitive without a doubt."







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