Sunday 22 October 2017

Pulis praise for Eagles' star duo

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 CARDIFF CITY 0

Tony Pulis the Crystal Palace manager
Tony Pulis the Crystal Palace manager

Mark Bryans

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis was full of praise for his goalscoring duo of Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome after they fired the Eagles to their second league win in the space of a week.

The win means only an inferior goal difference is keeping Palace in the relegation zone and Pulis was left delighted with the impact his forward players had on the game.

"Those two have been brilliant," he said. "They have given everyone in the team a lead in respect how they worked. Chamakh was wonderful, his link-up play was very good, and Cameron is a threat. If he does what he is good at he is a threat to anybody."

Palace have now taken 10 points from their last five league games but Pulis, who took charge of the club a little over two weeks ago, knows a string of results has been crucial to stay in touch ahead of a difficult festive period.

"They are important games," he said. "It is going to be a massive task for us – it's always difficult for promoted teams to stay in it. We needed the points this week as we have some tough away games coming up."

Jerome, whose effort was his first Premier League goal since February, is pleased with the understanding he is starting to form with Chamakh.

"We have struck up a good little partnership," he said. "We both work well together and are hardworking players. Chamakh deserved his goal today. He worked hard off the front and is important to the team and shows his attitude is great."

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