The Eagles are now mathematically safe from being relegated, while the 56-year-old concedes the work his players have done in training 'would bore a lot of people'Tony Pulis admits his tactics may bore his players but the Crystal Palace boss has praised his side for their commitment in sealing their Premier League survival.
Palace registered their fifth consecutive victory with a 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday and are now mathematically safe from being relegated back to the Championship.
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“Everybody at the football club deserves a lot of credit. They’ve really bought in to what we’ve tried to do. They’ve worked very hard on the training ground, that doesn’t just happen, you have to work very, very hard.
“They’ve stomached a lot of weeks without having days off and a lot of stuff that would bore a lot of people. But they’ve bought into it and it’s got results. And I’m pleased for them because they are a very good group.”
Mile Jedinak’s second-half penalty was enough to secure victory at Upton Park and Pulis claims Palace have now transformed into an exciting team to watch.
“They’ve been fantastic. I also think we’ve played some really good football and today we could have scored three or four goals,” said the 56-year-old.
“Don’t take away what we’ve got. This is a different team to the one I had at Stoke. It’s got different strengths.
“We sat down and had a look at the strengths of the team and we’ve worked out a system which would suit them. Yeah, you have to be strong and resilient but we’ve got great pace on the break.
“The two wide players today were outstanding. [Yannick] Bolasie was the best player on the pitch for me.
“I think we’re an exciting team. And we’ve missed our best player today - [Marouane] Chamakh has been wonderful for us. He really links the work we do defensively with the work we do going forward.”