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Puncheon Pleased With Top Half Finish

24 May 2015

After seeing his side creep into the Premier League top 10 on the final day of the season, Jason Puncheon was delighted with his side's commitment to ensuring they finished a remarkable season on a high.

Marouane Chamakh grabbed the only goal of the game to beat Swansea City at Selhurst Park to clinch a first win at the venue for six weeks, and they kept their first clean sheet since February in the victory over the Swans.

However the win put them on a Premier League record 48 point haul and saw the Eagles soar above Everton and West Ham United to finish in the top half of the table for the first time for 23 years.

Despite the game being a dead rubber for both sides, Puncheon was proud of the effort his teammates showed to make sure records fell.

He said: "I think breaking the points record and finishing 10th is a great effort from the lads considering we were safe. We knew there were things to achieve and fair play to the squad in the second half of the season where we pushed on.

"I'm buzzing for the fans, the football club and everyone surrounding it. It's a great feeling.

"It's been a great turnaround, the second half of the season has been very important but today was about getting a home win because our form here hasn't been very good. Our away form has but today it was about that and getting the record.

"I think we deserved the win today, both teams knew we were safe ages ago so we could have had the last game syndrome but I think we were the better team."

With this season now consigned to the history books, Puncheon's thoughts have already turned to next season where he hopes that the club can continue to move on under Alan Pardew.

"It's a really good club to be at and I think it's only going to grow and grow," he added. "We've bettered what we did last season and now we have to do the same again next year. For us now it's all about progress.

"The gaffer has been brilliant and you can see that since he's come in. He's brought a bit more life out of everybody and squeezed a bit out of everyone and it shows in everyone's performances."

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