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Pulis focused on Palace form

Tony Pulis insists he is unconcerned by the form of other clubs as he seeks to guide Crystal Palace to Premier League survival.

Palace, who travel to Everton on Wednesday, have taken 19 points from their last 13 games to move clear of the relegation places - but Pulis recognises that effort must be maintained over the remaining 13 games of the season.

"We took over in a very difficult situation and the run that we've been on has been absolutely fantastic," said Pulis, who was appointed as Ian Holloway's successor in November.

"But it's only taken us three points above the relegation zone. We have to maintain that.

"It's probably going to go right to the wire. If you get 40 points you've got a massive chance of staying up.

"There's 10, 12 clubs involved in it. It's just keeping your nerve.

"It's playing every game and if you win a game and pull away a little bit, don't get carried away; if you lose a couple of games and you get dragged in, don't get too down and too despondent.

"We've got to fight and scrap to get over that line - we'll do that.

"I'm not concerned about what other people are doing. I'm just concentrating on what I can affect - and that's the players I've got and the team I manage."

Palace have won five of their seven home games under Pulis but have only taken three points on their travels.

However Pulis believes their away performances have been better than results suggest.

"We've played better than our points tally has shown," he added. "We played really well at quite a few of the bigger clubs and have not taken the chances.

"We need to get points away from home if we're going to stay up."

Pulis admits it will be a difficult test against Everton, who are still in the hunt for a Champions League place despite Sunday's loss to Tottenham.

"It's no surprise to me that they've done so well," Pulis said. "David (Moyes) left a club in a great position and Roberto (Martinez) has added to the squad that David had.

"They were a very, very good side last year. He's added players that have made them even stronger."

Two of Pulis' new signings, Joe Ledley and Tom Ince, scored in Saturday's defeat of West Brom and he was delighted to see them both make an instant impact.

"The big worry is that they don't hit the ground running," added Pulis, who has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.

"In the position we haven't got a lot of time for them to settle in.

"It's nice that Joe and Incey scored and Scott (Dann) played in a winning team. We're pleased."