Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis says that the team has given themselves a fighting chance to avoid relegation this season after a 1-0 win over his former club Stoke City. Despite this result, Pulis says that the relegation worries still haunt the club and he will be looking to buy some players in January in order to strengthen the team. Pulis came up against his former club Stoke last weekend. This is the first time he is coming up against Stoke since leaving the club back in the summer. Despite being in the relegation zone prior to the match, the home team managed a spectacular 1-0 win over Stoke.
This helped them to move up several places in the table. Despite this, they still remain just two points outside the drop zone. Puncheon scored the only goal of the game in the second half to give Crystal Palace massive three points. The club was bottom of the table when Pulis replaced Ian Holloway several weeks ago, but they are now in a slightly comfortable position. Pulis has acknowledged it and has said that the club had almost no chance of survival during Christmas, but this victory has changed the outlook.
Palace will now look towards reaching the 40 point tally and they are halfway towards achieving it.
“We’ve given ourselves a chance. We weren’t in the game when I came. Now we’re in the game,” said Pulis. “January is just a very difficult market. We make the offers that we think are fair offers for the players. I’m not moaning about it. People want to get the best value for their football club. It’s life,” said club chairman Parish about the transfer activity of the club in the next seven days of the transfer window. The club’s next match will be against Wigan in the FA Cup.