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Pulis chasing 40-point mark

Tony Pulis hopes Crystal Palace can reach the 40-point mark as quickly as possible, allowing him to relax a little.

It is widely acknowledged that such a return will ensure Premier League survival, with all clubs starting the season with consolidation in mind looking to hit that target.

Palace have collected 26 points from as many fixtures so far and are perched just two above the drop zone.

Pulis has, however, helped to turn their campaign around since agreeing to succeed Ian Holloway, with expectations on the rise at Selhurst Park.

He acknowledges that there is some way to go before he can consider his job to have been done, but is determined to get the Eagles clear of trouble and pull off an escape act which looked highly unlikely upon his arrival in south London.

Pulis said after Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Manchester United: "If we can get to 40 I will be doing somersaults - 40 points always keeps you up, or it has done for a long time, and if you give me 40 now I will pack my bags and go on holiday.

"I think it is just a case of trying to get as many points as you possibly can from every game and see if that takes you there."

Palace's cause is to be aided by the return to action of Glenn Murray, with last season's 31-goal top scorer making his first start on Saturday since suffering a serious knee injury in the 2012/13 play-off semi-finals.

Pulis said of the experienced frontman: "I thought Glenn was smashing for an hour and played really well. It was lovely to give him an opportunity to play."