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Ince Hails "Fantastic" Palace

9 February 2014

Thomas Ince praised his Crystal Palace teammates and staff after scoring a debut goal against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Ince opened the scoring with a neat clip over Ben Foster to set the Eagles on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Baggies. 

But the 22-year-old deadline day capture from Blackpool wasn’t getting carried away, despite scoring on his Barclays Premier League debut – instead shifting attention to the rest of the Selhurst Park staff who have made him feel so welcome in SE25.

“It’s been fantastic,” he said. “If you ask the boys, all three of us have walked into a club that we feel we’ve been at for ages. 

“The lads are brilliant, the staff, the facilities – everything around it has made me feel welcome. 

“When we are winning like today it feels good, but we have to make sure we go again on Wednesday [against Everton].”

Ince is keen to pick up on Merseyside where he left off on Saturday, but knows he will have to put in plenty of hard graft on the training ground to keep his place in the starting XI. 

“There’s a great bunch of lads in this dressing room and some quality, quality talent with the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon, Jerome Thomas,” the England under-21 star said. 

“I have to work twice as hard as these guys that have been here all season

“But to come in and put in a shift first and foremost and to score on my Premier League debut is a nice way to start. I just need to keep my feet firmly on the ground, train twice as hard this week and see if I can get in the squad for Wednesday. But the three points today is what matters most.”  

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