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The Eagles' boss is keen to maintain his side's momentum after an upturn in form of late, but is aware that he will need to sell as well as buy during the transfer window

Tony Pulis hopes Crystal Palace's positive run of form can convince the club’s chiefs to bolster his squad during the January transfer window.

A last-gasp Dwight Gayle strike snatched Palace a 1-0 win at Aston Villa that lifted them out of the relegation zone – above Fulham on goal difference – for the first time since September.

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Since Pulis succeeded Ian Holloway at their reins, Palace have seized nine points from six matches and he is keen to keep up that momentum heading into the second half of the season.

"We’ve done very well over the past month or so. It gives me that opportunity to talk with the chairman and hopefully bring one or two players in which we need. We were down on players today," he told reporters.

"The January window is, in my experience, a very difficult window to do business in, but we would hope to bring a few in. We’ll have to move a few out too.

"But if we can do that and bring the right ones in, it will give us a chance [of avoiding relegation]. And that’s all, right from the beginning when I took the job, I said to the chairman – that I would do my best to give us a chance.”

Gayle, the 24-year-old signed from Peterborough United in July, came off the bench against Villa and has been afforded little playing time under Pulis, who has explained his reluctance to change a team performing well.

"I haven’t seen a lot of certain players," said Pulis. "I’m a manager that picks a team and if you’re in that team, it’s more difficult to lose your place.

"Sometimes for the people who haven’t started, it’s difficult to get that run of games, especially if the team does alright. And apart from the Newcastle game, the team’s done exceptionally well."

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