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'Great result' for Pulis

Tony Pulis hopes Crystal Palace can continue to offer their loyal supporters hope after overcoming capital rivals West Ham.

Selhurst Park was rocking on Tuesday evening, with there no indication from those in the stands that these are troubled times for the Eagles.

The players responded to that backing - in Pulis' first home league game in charge - and collected three priceless points courtesy of Marouane Chamakh's first-half header.

Victory over their fellow strugglers was enough to lift Palace off the foot of the Premier League table and to within three points of safety.

Former Stoke City boss Pulis was drafted in to help steer a course to safety, and he is delighted to see everyone pulling in the same direction.

He said: "It's a great result.

"You have to win games to give the supporters hopes and they were great. The more hope you give them, the more they will back you.

"The players have been fantastic, absolutely wonderful from the first minute I walked in.

"Chamakh never stopped running. He's got good quality and is a good player, he just needs some confidence and hopefully that will give him some confidence to grow into the player we need."