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Puncheon: We Won't Get Carried Away

12 April 2014

Crystal Palace’s match winner Jason Puncheon was refusing to get carried away after his second half strike gave the Eagles a vital victory over Aston Villa.

Puncheon’s 76th minute effort lifted Palace to 12th in the Premier League, but the former Southampton winger stressed that Palace are not safe yet.

“It’s a great win, just like the two we had before, but we’ve got to forget about that now and look forward to Everton on Wednesday,” he said. 

“We’re not safe until it’s mathematically impossible to go down. We’ve just got to keep going until we reach that point.

“We don’t get carried away. Those games are gone. We’ve got to go to Everton and then West Ham after that, so we’ve got two tough away games in the next week.” 

Puncheon has been rejuvenated under Tony Pulis, scoring six goals since the turn of the year, which have been worth a massive 13 points to the Eagles survival cause.

And the 27-year-old said his personal renaissance has been down to self-confidence and focus. 

“It’s just belief – you’ve got to believe in yourself,” he said. 

“A few games back the manager said I had things on my mind and didn’t play me, but since then I’ve bounced back, which has been great.

“With the goal, I knew that as soon as the ball came on my side that I’d get my body in the way and look to get my shot off. That’s what I’ve done and obviously we’ve scored.”

Puncheon’s move to Selhurst Park was turned into a permanent one by Pulis in January – and the Croydon-born midfielder has championed the calls for his boss to be named Manager of the Year, if he keeps the Eagles in the Premier League come May.

“If you look at the position that we were in when he came and what he’s done to this team, we all have the belief that we will stay in the Premier League now,” he said of his manager.

“If we do that, I think he’ll definitely be up there with a chance.”

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