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Puncheon Proud Of Anfield Victory

16 May 2015

Goalscorer Jason Puncheon was delighted to seal a famous win for Crystal Palace as they beat Liverpool 3-1 on Steven Gerrard's final Anfield outing.

The Eagles winger netted a second free-kick in successive weeks just before half time to cancel out Adam Lallana's opener, and second half strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray sealed Palace's first league win at the famous ground since 1991.

Despite all the sentiment surrounding Gerrard, who Puncheon admits was an idol of his, the Eagles midfielder was delighted that his teammates weren't distracted by the occasion to pick up the win.

He said: "It was belief and the character that secured that result. Obviously it was a big game for Steven Gerrard but for us it was just another game that we wanted to try and win and we did that.

"For my goal I just knew that the last few weeks the goalkeeper had probably been watching me thinking I was going to go to the same side so I said before the game that if we got a free-kick that I would go the other way. I told Macca [James McArthur] to get out of the way as I was going to the keeper's side because I knew he was going to take a step the way the last two have gone and I was right."

Puncheon signed a new contract at the club this week, keeping him in SE25 until 2019, but while that allows him to look the the future he paid tribute to someone who he had looked up to in the past.

"I'm really pleased to sign a new contract," he added."I feel at home at the club and it gives me a chance to go and do great things here. 

"Gerrard is an inspiration, when I was a kid I used to watch him play and I would try and do what I could to try and get close to him. 

"For me it's brilliant to be on the same pitch as him. It's a big honour to get the man of the match award on his final game at Anfield, it's great to come off there with the award on this special day."

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