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The Republic of Ireland centre-back believes the ex-Stoke manager's set-piece coaching can solidify the Eagles' back-line as they fight for their place in the Premier League

Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney is confident Tony Pulis can guide the club to safety by tightening up the side's set-piece frailties.

The former Stoke City manager was appointed as the Eagles' new boss on November 23, replacing former incumbent Ian Holloway.

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Pulis' tenure started with a 1-0 defeat at Norwich City, a result that leaves Palace bottom of the Premier League table with seven points from 13 fixtures.

However, Delaney believes the 55-year-old has the experience to ensure the club can survive in England's top flight.

"He's big on set-pieces because their importance in the Premier League can easily get overlooked," said Delaney.

"Last weekend, for example, 40 per cent of all goals came from set-pieces and we know from bitter experience that we've given ourselves a mountain to climb too many times through conceding from free kicks, penalties, corners and long throws.

"We'll give ourselves a real chance if we can stop conceding those goals."

Pulis will take charge of his first home game at Palace when West Ham visit on Tuesday.

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