Jason Puncheon’s goal celebration said it all, mobbed by teammates the midfielder fell to his knees after scoring the winning and only goal of the game, in what was a nervy 90 minutes of football.
The goal was a special one for Puncheon who by his own admission says he hasn’t been at his best this season, and you could see how much it meant to the Croydon born player.
“It’s been difficult for me, I normally chip in with a few goals but I haven’t done that this season and I’ve been disappointed in myself. But that’s come today and I’m happy for that - it meant a lot and it was a massive win for us.”
The pressure on the team to not just perform, but get that all important win was evident from kick-off, but the rut stops at six successive home defeats, and Puncheon believes Palace can end the season on a high.
“The first ten, fifteen minutes, we were on the front foot and we were causing them some problems. We didn’t score though and we saw that edginess come back, but we believed and kept on going. I still think we can better what we did last season, this team is capable of winning more games and now we need to go into the FA Cup semi-final with some momentum.”
With ten points now separating the Eagles from Sunderland in eighteenth place, the team have a little breathing space, however the playmaker was quick to dismiss the idea that Palace are now safe.
“Definitely not, and we know that as a dressing room. The way we won today we had to be dogged and it was important to get through it, but now we have to kick on.”
Watch the full video interview with Punch HERE.