Crystal Palace: Pulis upbeat after taking Hammers scalp

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Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis believes there is more to come from his players after Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over West Ham saw them move off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Pulis replaced Ian Holloway in the Palace hot-seat after the Eagles’ woeful start to the campaign but saw his charges go down 1-0 at Norwich in his first match in charge.

But Marouane Chamakh’s glancing header on 42 minutes gave the former Stoke boss a winning start at home and elevated the Londoners to 19th place in the standings with 10 points from 14 games played.

There is certainly optimism among the Palace faithful that Pulis can turn things around and a return of seven points from their last four games proves that they are heading in the right direction.

And following victory in a vital London derby, the Welshman is confident his men can reach even higher levels this term.

“I was pleased with the result,” he told BT Sport. “I think in terms of the performance we can do a lot better than that.”

Palace have never survived in the Premier League, with relegation on each occasion they have reached the top division, and Pulis knows he faces a season-long battle for survival.

Next up for the Selhurst Park outfit is a home clash with Cardiff City and the 55-year-old tactician wants more of the same against a side now just three points above them in the table.

“Fingers crossed – it’s a big game on Saturday,” he added. “We go away with a lot more confidence and hopefully we get the same result we did tonight.”

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