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Sunday 27 May 2018

Puncheon turns hero firing Palace to victory

CRYSTAL PALACE 1 STOKE CITY 0

Jason Puncheon
Jason Puncheon
Crystal Palace's Algerian midfielder Adlene Guedioura
Stoke City's Moroccan midfielder Oussama Assaidi

Nick Purewal

Match-winner Jason Puncheon never showed signs of his horror-show penalty miss at Tottenham affecting his form against Stoke, according to Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis.

Southampton loan forward Puncheon fired Palace to victory at Selhurst Park and was clearly happy to move past a week of controversy, after his Twitter spat with Neil Warnock.

But Eagles manager Pulis played down Puncheon's unsettled week, saying he never had any doubts his loan recruit would come good.

"You get ups and downs, especially being a professional footballer," said Pulis.

"The most important thing was for him to get back on and do what he does best and that is play football. He's a good player, he can do things, create chances and score goals."

It was Palace's sixth clean sheet in 11 games.

Irish Independent

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