Alan Pardew was delighted with the way the fans played their part in helping his side secure the three points against Norwich City on Saturday afternoon. The manager had spoken to the local press in the build up to the game, asking them to get an important message across to the fans about building the right kind of atmosphere and it had the desired effect.
"I have been in this game a long time, as a player and a manager, and I was as nervous today as a manager as I have ever been, I think, in my career, because it was so important.
"I tried not to relay that to the players, because I needed to keep a steady hand here today, but you could definitely sense it in the team.
"We were edgy, we were nervous. Fortunately, our fans really helped us today. Massively. I don't think we would have won without the fans today.
“I want to thank the local papers - The Croydon Advertiser, South London Press & the Evening Standard, they really helped us. It shows what happens when you work with local media - the power they can have.
“They changed the atmosphere in the stadium this week for us - we might not have won this game if they hadn’t done that. I thank them for that and other local papers should take that on board.
"It meant a huge amount to us all, from the chairman to the new directors. It was an important win."
Jason Puncheon’s goal sealed the points with his 68th minute winner and the manager spoke about what the club means to the south London born midfielder.
"He carries this football club in his heart, some players play for a football club, they're professional, but they have no emotion to it. He's born here, his family are all from here. They were probably all in the stands today.
"He was feeling the pain of this run. His introduction back in the last two games has been a huge lift for us. Not just because of the manner in which he plays, but his personality and his leadership.
"He hasn't had his greatest season in terms of goals and assists, but he's a massive individual for this football club.
"The way he conducts himself, handles himself around younger pros, particularly from ethnic origin. He's a great credit to this football club. It couldn't be more fitting that he got the goal, but I was absolutely delighted it was him."