Puncheon praises Pulis

Jason Puncheon believes Crystal Palace are showing the trademarks of a "Tony Pulis team" after scoring the winner in their 1-0 victory over Hull City on Tuesday night.

Puncheon broke the deadlock just 15 minutes into the game at Selhurst Park, firing beyond Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor after his own rebounded header fell back at his feet.

It was a sixth win for Palace since Pulis took the reins from caretaker manager Keith Millen in November and lifted the Eagles up to 14th, level on points with Hull.

Puncheon believes the changes Pulis has implemented are clear to see and expects new additions before the end of the January transfer window will only bolster Palace's chances of Premier League survival.

"I thought the crowd made a difference, obviously they are great for us," he told Sky Sports.

"Obviously the gaffer has made some changes since he came in and it's obviously worked and the team have responded.

"I think they want to get players in over the next couple of days and that will help us achieve what we want to achieve."

When Pulis took charge at Selhurst Park, Palace were rooted at the foot of the table, but completing a league double over Hull lifted them five points above the relegation zone and Puncheon admits there is an air of confidence in the camp.


"It is a massive boost for everyone and you can tell by the fact we are picking up points," he added.

"I think you can always tell Tony Pulis' teams, he's always very organised and has a great structure to follow."

Despite emerging victorious, it was Hull who enjoyed the majority of possession throughout but Puncheon claims he would take points over performance any day.

"It was a massive win for us," he said. "We knew going into that game it was all about getting three points, no matter how we do it.

"It's always good to score but I think most importantly for us was getting the three points. It was a massive, massive game for us.

"I thought we settled well. I thought we had some other opportunities that we could have made more of."