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Pulis Reflects On American Tour

29 July 2014

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis looked back on a “smashing” trip to the United States of America after watching his side round off their tour with a 3-0 win over Richmond Kickers. 

Goals from Peter Ramage, Glenn Murray and Marouane Chamakh meant the Eagles finished their nine-day Stateside stay unbeaten, with two wins and a draw from their three games in the USA. 

And Pulis was delighted with his team’s latest victory over the Kickers, as well as the tour as a whole.

Speaking to directly after the triumph in Virginia, Pulis said: “We’ve been well received, everyone’s been so friendly to us, we’ve been really looked after, so it’s been smashing. To finish off with a win is lovely as well.

“The three clubs we’ve played have been so welcoming, they’ve been friendly and they’ve given us tough games. 

“We could have had more [goals] again tonight, but the most important thing was to get the lads through another game and then in the two games on Saturday we’ll make sure all the pros get 90 minutes if we can.” 

Pulis was forced into naming Glenn Murray as a makeshift centre half on Monday night with defensive quartet Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney and Paddy McCarthy all carrying slight niggles. 

And the gaffer joked: “I thought he did better at centre-half than what he’s been doing at centre-forward! He won’t like me saying that! But he still scored, which is good.

“He’s a good lad, Muzza. He’s had a bad injury last year and was absent for most of the season until the back end. He came back in and did smashing for the club. 

“He looks fitter and stronger again and he’s got another goal, which is what we need.”

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