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Pulis Delighted With Debutants

8 February 2014

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis was delighted with his trio of debutants following his side’s 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion. 

Tom Ince and Joe Ledley both opened their Eagles accounts in a memorable day at Selhurst Park, while Scott Dann slotted in well alongside Damien Delaney at centre half. 

But it was Ince who drew most of the plaudits after also setting up Ledley’s goal in a virtuoso performance. 

Pulis said of the England under-21 star after the match: “I was pleased but I think the biggest thing about Tom was actually his work and the way he did all the unglamorous stuff that good players do. 

“Tom took his goal with aplomb really and we’ve been moaning a little bit that we’ve not scored enough goals from set plays and Joe’s header was first class.

“We are pleased with him, Dann and Ledley. The big thing for the team is that the players who have been at the football club have done exceptionally well, so the players we bring have to work as hard as they do and add that little bit more quality.

“I’m pleased for the group. It’s the group that’s taken us to where we are at the minute and it’s the group that will decide whether we stay in the Premier League or not.”

Pulis was not getting carried away though despite picking up a crucial three points which rocketed Palace up to 13th in the Barclays Premier League table.

“We’ve got a very, very tough run of games coming up, so the important thing is to stay focused,” Pulis said. 

“I’ve managed in the Premier League for six years now and the one thing you must never do is get complacent. 

“I’ll be watching Everton tomorrow – they are our next opponents and we know how tough that is going to be. Then we follow that up with Manchester United at home.”

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