Selhurst Park

Next Game

C Palace v Newcastle

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 2 - 3 C Palace

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Pulis bemoans missed chances

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis was left to bemoan his side's missed chances in the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.

Last Updated: 12/01/14 at 07:00 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Jason Puncheon skied an early penalty before Cameron Jerome, Mile Jedinak and Marouane Chamakh all came close to finding the net as Palace caused their hosts numerous problems at White Hart Lane, particularly in the opening 45 minutes.

Second-half goals from Christian Eriksen and Jermain Defoe eventually put the game to bed, but Pulis feels that it could have been a different story had one of their efforts gone in

"We played so well first half and really the game should have been over with the opportunities, chances and the way we played," he told Sky Sports.

"Coming in at half-time, you just don't know how you're not winning a game by a couple of goals. But against a team like Tottenham, a side with that much quality, they're always going to have their time in the game.

"In the second half, they played well. The first goal was disappointing, it's a long ball down the middle of the pitch that we don't deal with. There's the flick-on and it's a two-pass goal.

"And the second one, on another occasion, I think Defoe could be ruled offside. That was disappointing.

"Even in the last 20 minutes, their keeper has made a great save, Chamakh's had a great header off a corner which he should score and we've had really good opportunities. We've just got to take those opportunities."

However, Pulis said he was proud of the showing from his men and believes that he has seen enough in recent weeks to be positive about their chances of survival.

"The lads have got to take a lot of credit for the way we took the game to Tottenham in the first half," he said.

"We played well at Chelsea and we played well at Man City, we've looked very, very solid and we've got good pace in the team and good movement and we like to play through the pitch quickly.

"Whether it's small passes or balls up the side, it was something like 17 or 18 crosses we did today.

"The breaks are not going for us at the moment but what we've got to do is maintain the spirit, commitment and belief we showed today."

The defeat means that Palace slip to the foot of the Premier League table and Pulis acknowledged the need to bring in reinforcements during the January transfer window.

"We've got to add a little bit of depth to the squad we've got, I think we go bottom tonight but the results have dragged a lot more teams into it. With 17 games to go, it's a good challenge," he said.

"We need to bring a few players in and we need to strengthen certain areas to give us a chance because at times, when we're up against it, we need different options.

"So we have to grind a few results out, not only play well but also grind a couple of results out.

"We know who we want but we've obviously got to work at a certain level at Palace.

"There's not a lot of players in the pool that we can work with and get. We understand that and the lads who are here, as you've seen today, have done fantastic.

"It's a juggling act and something that we're trying to get and make sure that if we do it, we get it right. It's always difficult."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Diafra Sakho relishing Enner Valencia link-up at West Ham

Diafra Sakho reckons West Ham can spring a few more surprises in the Premier League this season.

Transfer news: Daniel Agger left Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers rift

Daniel Agger insists he left Liverpool because of a rift with Brendan Rodgers and did not feel 'appreciated'.

Premier League: Christian Benteke closing on Aston Villa comeback

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is edging closer to a first-team comeback, manager Paul Lambert has revealed.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property