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Murray goals can help Palace beat the drop, says Pulis

3 March 2014 11:26

Tony Pulis believes Glenn Murray can be a key figure in Crystal Palace's survival fight after scoring his first Premier League goal.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion striker pulled the Selhurst Park outfit level from the spot as they snatched a 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Sunday, and his half-time introduction in place of Tom Ince marked a turning point in the visitors' performance.

Palace saw very little of the ball in the first half as Jonathan de Guzman gave the hosts the lead, but looked far more dangerous after the break, and manager Pulis backed Murray, whose start to life in the English top flight has been blighted by a knee injury, to kick on after a fine second-half display.

"It's great for us," he said. "Goalscorers are streaky and he's got his first goal now, so you're hoping he gets four or five goals from now until the end of the season. We'll need them.

"He's been getting in at nine and finishing at four or five for six or seven months and the kid has been desperate to play in the Premiership.

"To get the injury and then for the club to get promoted and for him to get left out of all the rigmarole that goes with playing in the Premiership was obviously a big disappointment for him, but he's worked tirelessly and he deserves it."

The result lifts Palace three points clear of the relegation zone, but Pulis is under no illusions as to the level of performance his charges need to maintain to beat the drop.

"We've got to be maximum every week to pick results up to keep us in the Premiership," he added. "We've got a real tough task ahead."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
2 March 2014
Game week
28
Kick-off
17:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
Liberty Stadium (Swansea)
Attendance
20240

Goals

J. de Guzmán 25'
(assist by L. Britton) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
83' G. Murray (PG)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21
18
2
3
25
26
57
# Player Bookings
30 48'
17 83'
14 90+2'
16
19
26
46

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +5 6
2 2 +4 6
3 2 +4 6
4 2 +2 6
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +1 4
7 2 +1 4
8 2 +1 3
9 2 -1 3
10 2 +0 2
11 2 +0 2
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15 2 -1 1
16 2 -2 1
17 2 -2 1
18 2 -3 0
19 2 -3 0
20 2 -5 0

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