Tony Pulis was left frustrated that his Crystal Palace side didn’t score more goals during Friday night’s friendly victory over Philadelphia Union.
A first-half own goal from Ethan White proved to be the only thing separating the two sides at the final whistle despite the Eagles’ first half dominance at PPL Park.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake was in sublime form for the MLS outfit, pulling off a number of fine saves to keep Palace’s frontmen at bay. But although Pulis was pleased to see his side secure their first victory of the US tour, he believes they should have done so by a greater margin.
“It was pleasing,” the manager said. “We worked very hard, they made us work very hard. Full compliments to Philadelphia because it was a very competitive game.
“First half, truthfully, we should have scored quite a few goals and that’s not criticising them [Philadelphia] at all, that’s Bolasie, Puncheon, Chamakh and Gayley all missing really good chances that they should have scored from.
“In the second half we made lots of changes and it was a good work out for us. That’s as hot as it’s been for the lads as well.”
After seeing his side face Columbus Crew under cloudy skies and a smattering of rain 48 hours ago, Pulis was happy that those hotter weather conditions gave his players a tougher test.
And the gaffer is satisfied with the way his players’ fitness levels are progressing during their pre-season schedule.
“As I’ve said before, the results don’t matter too much, it’s about getting the players fit,” Pulis said.
“The fitness levels I think are pretty good and the lads just need more games now. The group will have more game time against Richmond.”