Pulis victorious against Stoke

Tony Pulis masterminded a 1-0 victory over his former club Stoke as Crystal Palace moved out of the bottom three of the Premier League.

Last Updated: 18/01/14 at 18:36 Post Comment

Jason Puncheon: Netted only goal of the game against Stoke

Jason Puncheon: Netted only goal of the game against Stoke

All the attention was on Pulis as he tries to guide his new side to safety, and with Stoke also languishing in the bottom half of the table, it was a very tense afternoon.

However, Jason Puncheon's strike early in the second half settled the home side down, and opened the game up somewhat.

But Palace held on, and the result sees the Eagles not only move off the foot of the table, but out of the relegation zone. Stoke slip to 13th.

In what was in truth a very poor first half, Julian Speroni was the busier of the goalkeepers, with a fine scrambling save from a Marc Wilson header the only time either side really went close to an opening goal.

Yannick Bolasie's accurate cross brought the game's first chance. Marouane Chamakh could not contort to connect and that was enough of a distraction to unsettle the better-placed Joel Ward.

Ward's header drifted wide then, and despite the slight impediment from his team-mate, he will still feel he should have tested Jack Butland.

Danny Gabbidon's miscued clearance had Speroni catching breath for half a second, but the ball drifted safely behind.

Jonathan Parr's incisive ball set Bolasie free down the left again, but this time there was no final ball.

Marc Wilson nodded Stoke's first chance from a well-worked Charlie Adam free-kick, only for Speroni to parry round the post.

Adam threatened with a pinpoint lofted ball into the area for Jonathan Walters, but the Stoke midfielder was so shocked he lost his footing and failed to power into the header, gifting Speroni an easy save.

Puncheon's excellently taken goal after poor defending from Stoke's Oussama Assaidi livened the game up just after the interval.

After his woeful penalty in last week's defeat at Tottenham, Puncheon's confidence needed a boost, and the 27-year-old, on-loan from Southampton, did really well to make room for the shot, before firing low into the bottom corner, through the legs of Ryan Shawcross.

The visitors were shocked into life, and several long-range attempts from Adam came mightily close to getting them back on level terms.

A curling Peter Crouch effort also whistled past the upright, but Speroni remained relatively untroubled in the Palace goal.

The home side really should have made the three points much more comfortable, and but for a string of excellent saves from Butland they would have done.

A stunning triple save in the dying moments thwarted the Eagles. Ward's deflected first attempt was brilliantly kept out by the young keeper, before he get up to block twice more to keep his side in the game.

Another fine stop late on from a close-range Puncheon effort denied the Eagles once again, but Pulis' new side held on for a vital win, on what would have been an emotional day for the former Potters boss.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City 3-1 West Brom Report
Sunday, 20 April 2014
16:10
Everton 2-0 Man Utd Report
14:05
Hull City 0-3 Arsenal Report
12:00
Norwich 2-3 Liverpool Report
Saturday, 19 April 2014
17:30
Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland Report
15:00
A Villa 0-0 Southampton Report
Cardiff 1-1 Stoke City  
Newcastle 1-2 Swansea Report
West Ham 0-1 C Palace Report
12:45
Tottenham 3-1 Fulham Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 34 56 74
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 34 -13 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Europa League: Lima's late winner gives Benfica 2-1 victory in semi-final first-leg

Substitute Lima struck late to help Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final first-leg.

Nicky Butt proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary boss Ryan Giggs

Nicky Butt says he is immensely proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary manager Ryan Giggs.

Europa League: Sevilla secure first leg lead in all-Spanish clash with Valencia

Sevilla toppled La Liga rivals Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final to claim a 2-0 advantage.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

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