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Jason Pleased As Punch With Comeback

17 January 2015

Jason Puncheon paid tribute to his teammates’ character after Palace came back from two goals down to beat Burnley 3-2 at Turf Moor.

Goals from Ben Mee and Danny Ings had put the Eagles on the back foot, but a goal from Dwight Gayle before the interval got Palace back in contention, before Puncheon netted a fine strike from 20 yards to level things up.

Three minutes from the end Gayle grabbed a dramatic late winner to turn the game on its head and the winger was thrilled with the resiliency that his side showed on a snowy afternoon in Lancashire.

“We got off to a slow start and went 2-0 down but we came out of the blocks well in the second half before slowing down again, but we kept on going and got a goal at the end,” he said.

“This team has got great character. I would think for a lot of Premier League teams if they went 2-0 it’s a hard graft to get that back, and we made it hard for ourselves but I think we’ve come through it in the end and that’s the most important thing.

“It’s great that we’ve also got three points against a team who are down there with us and it’s always nice to score but it’s also great for Gayley. He’s had a run of games and scored three in two.

“I went on a little run last season so I’ve just got to try and keep that going but the most important thing for me is the team and today we showed great character and resiliency to get the three points.”

The result was the third straight win for the club since Alan Pardew was appointed manager, stretching Palace’s unbeaten run to five games in all competitions, and Puncheon is looking at emulating last season and hoping this could be the start of run of form to pull them clear of the drop-zone, fuelled by the new manager’s faith in his squad.

“Last season we went on an unbeaten run so we’re looking at doing that again now,” he added. “Getting two wins in a row in this league is good and well keep just looking towards the next game.
“He [Pardew] has given us a massive left, he’s managed in the Premier League for a number of year and at a big club like Newcastle with some great players so he brings a lot of belief and tries to get that out of us. 

“We believed a lot last season and that kept us in the league so now we have to believe even more and show some more quality which we want to do.”

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