Tony Pulis is looking to the January transfer window to add ballast to Crystal Palace's survival campaign and admitted that the upcoming weeks will be pivotal to their Premier League prospects.
Palace came up with little to show for their spells of dominance in their 1-1 draw with Norwich on New Year's Day and, with the side back in the relegation zone, a few more bodies could be the perfect tonic to remedy their perilous position.
“The next two or three weeks are very big weeks for this football club in respect to what we can bring in,” Pulis told reporters.
“We need to get a couple [of new players] in, and if we can do that then then they can help us with our task, which is a tough task.
“The thing that happens now is that the window opens, giving us the opportunity to wheel and deal, to move a few in a move a few out.”
Jason Puncheon shone again for Palace, converting the penalty to restore parity for the Eagles after a fine display against Manchester City last time out. And, with the on-loan Southampton man seemingly out of Mauricio Pochettino's plans on the south coast, Pulis admitted his admiration for the winger.
“He was one of our better players today and on his day he causes problems for anyone” he said.
When asked whether Palace would look to procure his services full-time, Pulis said: “The chairman will have to decide on that. You'd have to speak to Steve [Parish].”
Chris Hughton has had a dismal festive season and, after yielding only one point from the three outings, came into the game in desperate need of points as his managerial credentials come under increasing scrutiny.
While the Norwich manager had no complaints about Leroy Fer conceding a first-half penalty and his eventual dismissal, he did feel aggrieved that Marouane Chamakh saw only a yellow after the forward grabbed the throat of Wes Hoolahan.
“Certainly Chamakh should have been off the pitch. The referee had a good view of it,” he said.
“By the letter of the law, if any player raises his hands up to somebody's face, then its a sending off offence.”
Despite his grievances though, Hughton said he was satisfied with the result.
“It was a fair result in the end. It's a good point," he added.