The victory against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday saw Palace come away from their week at the Premier League Asia Trophy with a third place finish and one that Jason Puncheon reflected on as vital in the team’s pre-season build up.
“The trip has been a good experience and its nice to have the squad together for a week as a group and its good to be travelling back with a win under our belts.
"It’s been a week which has seen us play two games, playing a top team in Liverpool and then have finished with a good result in this game against West Brom.
“This game has been good for us, it was competitive and will set us in good stead as we look to get ourselves ready for the start of the season.”
It was a frustrating encounter for Wilfried Zaha as play was broken up when fouls were committed against him on a number of occasions but Puncheon knows that due to the winger’s talent it will be something that he will come up against.
"People target him, we know that he's a fantastic player and at times he's going to get upset, but that's for me as captain to keep an eye on.
"Wilf's a young boy, game after game he's getting better and we saw that from him last season. He's got that tenacity about him, we like that from him."
The captain was pleased to see the lads have another game working on their new system that has been introduced by Frank de Boer in the opening weeks of pre-season.
“This game was different to Wednesday, we had more of the ball but still had to be physical when needed and worked on the shape that the gaffer wants us to play and I thought we did really well.
"We have been working on the system now during pre-season and we are capable of playing well so just need to be confident playing it and believe in what we are doing."