Selhurst Park

Next Game

C Palace v Man Utd

Saturday, 09 May 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 0 C Palace

Sunday, 03 May 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Pulis expects a battle

Tony Pulis says his Crystal Palace team must "stand up and fight" in Saturday's relegation six-pointer at Sunderland.

Last Updated: 14/03/14 at 13:59 Post Comment

Palace are sixteenth, just three points above Sunderland going into the weekend's crunch match, and Pulis admits he is did not expect the Black Cats would be second-bottom of the table at this stage of the season.

"I'm surprised to see Sunderland where they are," Pulis said. "I thought they would be higher up. You look at the squad, they have some very good players.

"(Sunderland coach Gus) Poyet is a good manager. He did a very good job at Brighton and he's gone on to take Sunderland to a (Capital One) Cup final and came very close to going to a (FA) Cup semi-final.

"I'm sure they will be up for this game. We have to go there and stand up and fight our corner.

"It will a tough game, it always is. They are a big club, the fourth or fifth best supported in the Premier League. It's absolutely fantastic for us to go to the Stadium of Light and play against a great football club."

Pulis says his own players need to step up a level if they are to ensure survival. The Eagles have won just twice away from home heading to the Stadium of Light.

"From when I came in to where we are now, we have done fantastically well," Pulis said. "I have a great group. What we have to do is to step up another level to get us over the line."

Pulis is hoping Palace have more luck with the officials on Saturday as he felt they were on the wrong end of some bad decisions in last week's 1-0 home defeat to Southampton.

"Against Southampton, in the first 20 minutes we had two great opportunities where the linesmen flagged," he said.

"I've been on to the Referees' Association and the linesmen should get those decisions right because the two were onside.

"(Glenn) Murray was through on goal and had just the goalkeeper to beat. In the second half when (Southampton defender Jose) Fonte brings down (Palace's Yannick) Bolasie, that is a sending off.

"In Premier League games, you need things to go for you and they never did. If Murray had been allowed to go on and score, it would have been a different game."

Palace travel without top scorer Marouane Chamakh is still sidelined with a hamstring injury.

"We missed Chamakh on Saturday," Pulis said. "Murray did really well against Southampton and it would have been great to have played Chamakh with Murray but that's not possible.

"The important thing is that we get back to what we've been doing well and fingers cross, over the next 10 games, we get the breaks that my players deserve.

"We have to stick together, make sure we get through the last 10 games and give it the best we possibly can.

"The one real disappointment is in set plays," Pulis said. "We should be scoring more from set plays."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ice work John.. have to agree with everything. Never measure your wealth in money.

wexford_blue
We're Not All Jealous Guys...

I

s it the same people that complain about Chelsea that complain about Mayweather? You should by now know what to expect from both, if you can't appreciate how good they are at nullifying their opponents then don't watch them.

Noz2k
Chelsea: This Ending Always Justifies The Means

I

do concede though, that getting rid of Luiz has made them less entertaining. In the same way that driving with both eyes open is less exciting, but probably a good idea.

megabrow (cufc)
Chelsea: This Ending Always Justifies The Means

Footer 365

Kenny Miller said Rangers have to improve on form against Queen of the South

Kenny Miller said Rangers have to “get to grips” with play-off opponents Queen of the South if they are to progress.

Juan Mata worried Liverpool could catch Manchester United

Juan Mata admits Manchester United risk being caught by Liverpool if they cannot end their poor run of form.

Juventus v Real Madrid preview: Andrea Pirlo full of respect for Real

Andrea Pirlo has described Champions League semi-final opponents Real Madrid as the "most important club" in the world.

Mail Box

Blaming Van Gaal For United Slump...

Wayne Rooney in midfield, the same balls aimed at Marouane Fellaini...Louis van Gaal has to find a solution. And a Burnley fan embraces relegation...

Shouldn't We Give Players Time?

Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater every single summer? We also have a Man United fan who wants massive investment. And more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company