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Delaney impressed by Pulis

Damien Delaney believes Tony Pulis has the Premier League know-how to guide Crystal Palace away from trouble.

The Eagles have turned to an experienced top-flight campaigner after seeing Ian Holloway fall on his sword.

Holloway walked away after conceding that he no longer had the stomach for a relegation fight - after overseeing a disappointing start to the 2013/14 campaign.

Palace had to be patient in their pursuit of a successor, but eventually coaxed former Stoke City boss Pulis back to the dugout.

His no-nonsense approach should serve the capital outfit well, and Delaney hopes his methods can spark a revival.

The Republic of Ireland international said: "He's big on set-pieces because their importance in the Premier League can easily get overlooked.

"Last weekend, for example, 40 per cent of all goals came from set-pieces and we know from bitter experience that we've given ourselves a mountain to climb too many times through conceding from free-kicks, penalties, corners and long throws.

"We'll give ourselves a real chance if we can stop conceding those goals."

While the Palace players are looking to their boss for inspiration, Pulis is looking for the Selhurst Park fan base to play their part in what is shaping up to be a tense battle.

He said after Saturday's 1-0 reversal at Norwich City: "The fans at Stoke made it an intimidating place to go and I think Selhurst Park can be the same.

"The Palace supporters were brilliant today, as they have been all season.

"And we'll need them if we're going to get out of this. It's very important they pick up the baton and the times I've watched the Palace games this year, the crowd have been wonderful.

"If we can turn the volume up a little bit more for the West Ham game (on Tuesday), then that will help the players."