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Puncheon Hails Important Win

18 January 2017

Jason Puncheon has hailed Palace's Emirates FA Cup triumph over Bolton Wanderers as a "building block" ahead of the Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday.

A Christian Benteke brace after the Eagles had fallen behind to an excellent James Henry goal secured the win and booked a place in the Fourth Round against Manchester City. It also marked the first win for the boys in red and blue under new boss Sam Allardyce - and Puncheon is hopeful it will be the start of something.

"I think it's important for the players involved in the game today, the players that weren't involved, the football club staff - it's the little lift that we need, regardless of who it's against and what competition it is," he told Palace TV

"It's a morale boost for us," he added.

"Hopefully today is a building block and a chance for us to get back to that Crystal Palace way of stopping the goals going in.

"I think [a positive is] momentum, I think more minutes for people who haven't been in the team - it was nice to see Sullay Kaikai get a nice run out today as well. Loic Remy - more fitness. We've got Jeffrey Schlupp who's come in now as well, so there's competition for places again and I think as a group we'll pull it together in the right direction ready for Everton."

For more post-match reaction CLICK HERE.

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