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Pulis: Lads Can Take Great Credit

11 January 2014

In a tough spell of away matches Tony Pulis has now seen his side visit Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham and come away feeling that they should have picked up something from each venue. 

"I thought we played really well in the first half in this game and I was disappointed not to come in with a lead. The size of the lead would be debatable but I don't think anyone could question we deserved to be winning at half-time.

"The first half was the best we have played as a team since I came in but we have got to score. When you look at how many chances we created, particularly in the first forty-five minutes paired with a little luck along the way we know we could have got something from this very tough game."

Jason Puncheon's penalty miss early in the match proved crucial but the gaffer said in those situations it is about how the player reacts. 

"Players who take penalties have to suffer the disappointment of missing them from time to time but it is about how you come back from that in games afterwards and I thought Jason's reaction was good and he kept going but as I say with that and many other chances for us in the first half the game could have been over by the break."

Tony was disappointed with the manner of how his side conceded the first goal and felt the second was debatable. 

"The first goal is a poor goal from our point of view, it was just an angled ball in to flick on and then Eriksen puts them ahead and on another day if it drops for you it looks like Defoe is offside for the second goal. Tottenham though started the half well and for the first half an hour of the second half they were better than us but in the latter stages of the game we came back well and still had opportunities to get us back in the game.

"The lads can take great credit from their performance and at times today played really really well." 

This result meant that Palace return to the foot of the table with how other results finished but there is not a great points gap from bottom to the middle of the table.   

"We've gone bottom because Sunderland and West Ham have won but other results have given the table had a concertina effect, moving everyone closer when you look at it now.

"When I came to the football club if you said this would be the situation with 17 games to go I would have taken it. It gives us a great chance and a great opportunity, it gives us as good a chance as everyone else."

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