Pulis: Palace will not let up

  • Last Updated: April 26 2014, 15:29 BST

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis believes the title race is still wide open and insists his players have a responsibility to the Barclays Premier League to give their all until the end of the season.

Tony Pulis: Palace will not let up
Tony Pulis: Palace will not let up

The Eagles, who are 11th in the table, achieved their objective of survival in the top flight when they beat West Ham 1-0 last Saturday.

Pulis' side could still have a major influence on matters at both ends of the league, however, with Sunday's match against Manchester City coming before another home game against league leaders Liverpool and a visit to relegation-battling Fulham on the final day.

"We have a responsibility to the Barclays Premier League and to the rest of the teams that we give the best we possibly can," Pulis said.

"We know our two games at home are going to be very difficult against two top teams and Fulham might sill be fighting to get out of the bottom three - other teams around us expect us to put in a shift so it's all to play for.

"I hope there won't be any let-up from the players.

"I think the fact they are big games, especially the two home games which are on television as well, gives the lads the opportunity to show everyone how well they've been playing and they have been playing well."

City travel to Selhurst Park knowing anything but a win could all but end their hopes of winning the title.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are currently six points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, while Chelsea trail the Reds by five points ahead of their trip to Anfield on Sunday.

"I still think the title race is wide open," Pulis said.

"Everyone is saying now the title is Liverpool's and I suppose it is Liverpool's to lose, but it's been that sort of season.

"Liverpool have had a little bit of an advantage this year because they've only had the league to concentrate on.

"There's an enormous amount of games to be played when you're in Europe, it's difficult, but I think the clubs at the top have all got a chance.

"You can't rule Chelsea or Manchester City out, there's still a lot to play for."

Palace will provide stiff opposition for City's all-star outfit, having registered five consecutive league victories.

If the league began when Pulis took charge in November, his team would be sitting just outside the Europa League qualification places.

The Eagles boss however insists that next season could prove even tougher and believes both players and supporters will have to raise their level again.

"It's going to be difficult next season," Pulis said.

"It's fantastic that we've stayed up, it's absolutely wonderful and it gives the club an opportunity to invest because of the financial rewards, but next year we'll need every bit as much of what we've had this year and more.

"I go on about the supporters - they've been fantastic and they have to be again.

"We have to be better and they have to be better, you have to carry on.

"It was fresh for us this year and next year there will be three new teams and it will be fresh for them - every game will be a cup final.

"We'll have players who have already played in the Premier League so they've been there and done it.

"You're just hoping they reach the levels again they've reached this year because it can be tougher second time round."


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