Palace star hails team-mates

Jason Puncheon hailed the character within the Crystal Palace side as they picked up a crucial win against Norwich on Saturday.

Crystal Palace: Palace star hails team-matesCrystal Palace: Palace star hails team-mates

Puncheon was praised by Palace boss Alan Pardew after his first goal of the season earned a 1-0 win over the Canaries, but the winger, who has had a troubled time on the injury front, preferred to focus on the team.

The win was the Eagles’ first of 2016 and all but ensured survival after moving 10 points clear of Sunderland, who occupy the final place in the drop zone.

Puncheon reckons Palace could yet surpass their points tally of last term, when 48 points saw them finish 10th, while they are also in a FA Cup semi-final with Watford.

The midfielder told Palace TV: “I still believe in this team. We’ve still got a chance – although people might not believe it – to better what we did last season.

“It was good to score and the main thing for us was to get the three points and stop that rot.

“I could sense that we would get a goal, whether it would be a little scrappy goal or something. We showed great character and belief.”

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