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Puncheon: A Great Team Effort

24 April 2017

As captain of a side that became the first to win on three consecutive visits to Anfield since 2005 Jason Puncheon stressed after the final whistle how important this one was, taking into account other results over the weekend.  

“This was a massive result considering how other results went for us on Saturday and the week we have ahead of us with the game in hand against Spurs and then the match with Burnley on Saturday so it was of great importance to get some points today.”

As in the victory at Chelsea the victory was gained after the side had to come back from a goal behind but the midfielder believes that the character of the team shines through in these situations.

“Today was another example of the squad showing massive character when it matters out on the pitch and I think we have turned the corner now but great credit to everyone as we were a bit stretched at the back as we were without Mama (Sakho) but people have come back in and done brilliant for us, today Tonks (Tomkins) returned and obviously Kels (Kelly) and Jeffrey Schlupp in recent weeks so a great credit to everyone for what has been achieved.

“Also behind the back four the keeper was brilliant today and came out well and claimed the ball when he needed to which takes the pressure off at vital times. The magical free kick was probably their main chance of the first half and then in the second half the game got a bit stretched but we took our chance when it came along and as always with Crystal Palace when we are up against it we come out and produce as we did again in this one.

“A great team effort got us a vital three points for us.”

Since Scott Dann’s injury Puncheon’s leadership within the team has been vital and he aims to ensure that come the end of season he is looking back at his period wearing the armband as a successful one and maybe even lead the club to a top half finish.

“It has been brilliant and I have loved every minute of it but for me the most important thing is for us to stay up and with these three points we have edged a little bit closer to that and taken a bit of pressure off ourselves for the next few games.  It’s not over as we still have a lot to play for and we want to look above us and finish as high up as possible, firstly get mathematically safe to make sure we are in the Premier League next season and then see where we can finish after that.” 

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