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Puncheon: Boss Has Been Big Factor

22 May 2017

Jason Puncheon's personal review of his season will always be a special one as he was given the Palace captaincy by Sam Allardyce following Scott Dann's injury lay-off. He has worn the armband in seven victories since the first time against Middlesbrough in February but was disappointed that the side couldn't add to that numberfollowing the trip to Old Trafford on the final day.   

"I thought we started the game brightly but then we let our performance level slip although in the second half we showed what we are about and if we had a got a goal to get back in the game things might have been different. 


"We are all delighted at what we have done to stay up but we do feel we have let ourselves down in this match regardless of what we have achieved in recent weeks. It was important to try and put on a good performance and it was really a game of two halves, we did better second half but the final moments let us down when it came to making the most of the chances that came our way to get a goal."


The run of results between February and April proved a major factor in the club finishing the season in 14th position and Puncheon wants to ensure the squad come back ready to build on the foundations built in the second half of the campaign.


"We have a good platform and must begin next season looking for a bright start and show the form we have done in recent weeks and get in a much better position than we are at the end of this season."


Sam Allardyce came into the club in December and the midfielder has no doubt what a key role the experienced manager has played in the club keeping its top flight status. 


"It’s been brilliant since he has come in, he pulled everyone together and lifted us all. He is obviously a big factor while we have stayed up but now it’s about looking forward to next season and building on what we have done and not be in this position again."

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