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Pulis Targets Three More Points

12 April 2014

Palace boss Tony Pulis has targeted the magic 40-point mark as his team bid to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Jason Puncheon’s goal gave the Eagles a priceless victory over Aston Villa – their third in a row in the Premier League – to move them onto 37 points.

But despite maintaining a seven-point cushion over the bottom three with just five games of their season to go, Pulis says his side are not safe yet.

“It’s important that we keep focused, keep working and keep playing as well as we did today,” the gaffer said.

“For the first 20 minutes today I thought we were really sloppy and slow out of the blocks. 

“But after that we moved the ball quicker, we played from one side of the pitch to the other.

“They played with five at the back and made it difficult for us, but overall I think we deserved it.

“Let’s talk about everything when we’ve got enough points and we’re in the Premier League next year.

“That’s the line that we’ve got to reach at the football club in the dressing room and outside the dressing room. Forty points would be nice!”

Pulis believes Palace created enough opportunities to win the game by more than the eventual 1-0 scoreline after Puncheon and Cameron Jerome both his the woodwork in the second half, but he was full of praise for the officials despite seeing referee Howard Webb turn down two penalty appeals.

“We had more than the one chance,” Pulis said. We had a couple of efforts first half and then in the second we created a lot. 

“We hit the post and the bar, and had two or three other opportunities.”

On the penalty shouts, the Welshman added: “The first one is a very tough call for Howard. I think he catches his standing foot, not his kicking foot, so it’s a difficult one to call. 

“The second one, I think the linesman has done brilliantly for him.”

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