Keep on scrapping, demands Pulis

  • Last Updated: February 11 2014, 12:16 GMT

Tony Pulis believes Crystal Palace's survival fight is about continuing momentum, keeping calm and focusing on themselves rather than being concerned by the other clubs fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Tony Pulis: Not content with the work he's done so far
Tony Pulis: Not content with the work he's done so far

Pulis takes his Eagles to Champions League-chasing Everton on Wednesday after accumulating 19 points from his first 13 Premier League games in charge to lift his side out of the drop zone and towards the safer end of a congested bottom half of the table.

With 13 fixtures remaining, beginning at Goodison Park, Palace require 14 points to reach the 40-point barrier so often associated with Premier League safety.

"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 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 away from Selhurst Park have claimed three points, from a win at Aston Villa. The win at Hull came on the day of the Welshman's appointment.

"We've played better than our points tally has shown," said Pulis, whose side have suffered single-goal defeats at Chelsea and Manchester City and lost by two goals at Tottenham and Arsenal.

"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 recognises it will be a difficult test against a Toffees side challenging for Europe and reeling after 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."

Pulis made some shrewd signings in the transfer market last month and saw two of them score in Saturday's defeat of West Brom, when Tom Ince and Joe Ledley netted on their debuts.

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

"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."

Ince has attracted numerous admirers but opted to join Palace on loan from Blackpool.

"He's got the ability to play in any of the front positions," Pulis said.

"He's a clever player, he's got good feet and his movement's very good.

"You look at him as a player and you think he'll score goals. The goal he scored was a goalscorer's goal and I was pleased to see him get off the mark."


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