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Pulis will show no mercy

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis will set aside his fond feelings for Cardiff when he attempts to plot their downfall on Saturday.

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Tony Pulis: Watched Cardiff as a boy

Tony Pulis: Watched Cardiff as a boy

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Pulis regularly watched Cardiff during his childhood and hopes the Welsh club can haul themselves out of the Premier League drop-zone.

But Palace's survival is Pulis' top priority and he is hoping to mastermind a win in Cardiff, which could prove a telling blow to the Bluebirds' hopes of staying up.

"I watched Cardiff when I was a young boy and I also watched Newport when I could," he said.

"If I didn't have games on a Saturday, if I wasn't playing for the YMCA then we would jump on a train and if we could we would get to Cardiff.

"That was when (John) Toshack was playing, (Ian) Gibson was in midfield, and they had a very, very good team.

"My dad took me to watch Cardiff on a Tuesday or a Wednesday evening when they played Real Madrid when there were 50,000 people in the stadium."

When asked if he wanted to see Cardiff go down, Pulis said: "Not at all.

"It was wonderful to see Cardiff get promoted to join Swansea, I was disappointed that Wrexham didn't get promoted into the league but it was lovely to see my home-town club (Newport County) get promoted back.

"Last year was a really good year for Welsh football and I want it to thrive, it is important for the nation that sport in Wales thrives.

"It is a fantastic club and a great city. I hope, along with us, that they stay in the Premier League but there will be nothing given from us on Saturday."

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