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Defending disappoints Pulis

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has revealed that he was disappointed with his side's defending during Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

Two second-half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ended Palace's hopes of three straight wins in the Premier League, with Pulis' side slipping to 17th place.

The former Stoke City boss bemoaned his team's inability to convert their chances, notably Cameron Jerome's free header in the 51st minute, whilst believing that Oxlade-Chamberlain's opening goal was avoidable.

"We've been to Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham, and I didn't think we created as many chances today as we did in those games," Pulis told Sky Sports.

"The first goal was a poor, poor goal. Two players have been caught with their body positions in poor positions and they get a runner off the back.

"Once they get the first goal, you're up against it but having said that, a couple of minutes later we've had our best chance and if Cammy (Jerome) scores then, it might have been a different game."

Pulis revealed that he intended to contain Arsenal in the opening exchanges of the second half, but conceded that the Gunners' quality was too much for his side.

"We talked about the first 10 minutes of the second half and making sure we were nice and solid on that basis," he said.

"But they're a good side and they've good good players. They will have moments in games all the time and they'll usually score goals if they get the chances."

With Palace set to host fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park next weekend, the Eagles boss is hoping that their new signings and injury returnees can boost their chances of Premier League survival.

"The spirit, commitment and togetherness of the players is brilliant and we can bring a couple more players into it now, which will help us," he said.

"Joe Ledley is a good passer of the ball and keeps things ticking, but he'll also score a goal. We need that.

"Glenn Murray isn't far away either, he's going to have another game on Monday and we need goals in the team, no question of a doubt."