After Tuesday's win against West Ham, Tony Pulis will be hoping that Crystal Palace can push on and put more points on the table in their next home game against Cardiff City on Saturday.
Going into Tuesday night’s game, Palace where situated at the foot of the Premier League table, six points from safety. The appointment of former Stoke manager Pulis gave the fans something to talk about, a new found hope, even.
Going in to the game, Palace fans had a right to be slightly optimistic, with West Ham’s main asset - Andy Carroll - still injured and West Ham struggling to score goals away from home. Palace knew this was a make or break fixture in their season.
The game was dominated by West Ham for the most part, with the Hammers boasting 62% of the possession. However, the tie was decided in the 42nd minute with a header from Marouane Chamakh.
One of Palace’s key players this season will undoubtedly be Cameron Jerome. Currently on-loan from Stoke City, Jerome was out of favour last season under Pulis, but after his loan move things have been looking up.
Signed by former Eagles boss Ian Holloway, Jerome has played eight times for Palace in the Premier League so far and is yet to score. However, his pace and power will be a huge asset for Palace in their relegation battle.
Due to such a positive result, Palace will be hoping that they will be able to pick up another three points in their next decisive game against Cardiff.
Another victory at the weekend would be just what Palace need to confirm their new lease of life in the Premier League and with Pulis looking for new recruits in the January window, it seems that the Eagles may be starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and climb out of the relegation zone after their abysmal start.
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