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Ince: Pulis the right man

New signing Tom Ince is confident Crystal Palace have the right manager in Tony Pulis to keep the club in the Premier League.

Pulis was appointed in November following the departure of Ian Holloway and recent wins over his former club Stoke City and Hull City have helped to lift Palace out of the relegation zone.

Ince was one of several arrivals at Selhurst Park before the transfer window closed and the winger could make his debut against relegation rivals West Brom at the weekend.

The England Under 21 international is expecting these fixtures to play a decisive role in which clubs stay up, with Palace currently one point and one place above the bottom three.

"We have to look at the likes of West Brom and other teams close by us where we will be looking to pick up points," said Ince. "The wins over Stoke and Hull were massive.

"There are about 10 or 11 teams who will be in and amongst it. Our prime aim is to try and beat the teams around us. The games against the big teams are a bonus.

"The games against Stoke and Hull at Selhurst and the one on Saturday will be vital for us and another one we will try to win.

"But the gaffer has come in and done an absolutely fantastic job. He's been there and done it. We've been hard to beat, but also had the ability to counter-attack. We could have got points against Chelsea and City. He knows what is best to get points. There is no better man for Palace to have in charge of the team.

"Palace are on the up and I'm proud to be part of that. We've brought in players, Scott Dann, Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley can only add competition and it's great to have."

Ince is looking forward to the chance to play in the Premier League following his move from Blackpool after also attracting interest from the likes of Stoke and Swansea City.

He added: "I've had a lot of thanks and best wishes from the fans and I want to put my faith back into them as they have shown for me. The players, staff and the whole club have made me really welcome at the club.

"For me to come to Palace and play in the Premier League is fantastic, even if it's only a four-month loan period.

"I want to try and work hard and get into the team because there is a great bunch of lads with huge talent. I will have to work twice as hard to get into the team."