London - Tony Pulis is looking like a man with the Midas touch after steering
struggling Crystal Palace to their second consecutive victory on
Saturday, 2-0 over fellow promoted side Cardiff City.
short of Premier League points and seemingly bereft of quality when
Pulis took over from Ian Holloway last month but suddenly they appear
like a team heading in the right direction.
Cameron Jerome opened
the scoring in the sixth minute against fifth from bottom Cardiff and
forward partner Marouane Chamakh made sure of the points in the 57th
with his second strike in five days.
"It's going be a massive task for us (to avoid relegation) ... because this is such a relentless league," Pulis told reporters.
needed to get points this week. It was very important because we have
some very tough away games coming up so we needed to be with the pack
and that's where we are."
Pulis has a proud 21-year record of
never having been relegated as a manager and Palace are now third from
bottom, on the same total of 13 points as West Ham United but with an
inferior goal difference to their London rivals.
West Ham were on the receiving end on Tuesday when Chamakh's goal secured a 1-0 home victory for Palace.
Pulis hailed the performances of strike pair Jerome and Chamakh.
two have been brilliant and really given everybody in the team a lead
in respect to the way they work," said the Welshman.
Chamakh was wonderful today. His linkup play with Cameron was very good
and if Cameron does what he's good at then he's a threat to anybody."
who also worked under Pulis at his previous club Stoke City, headed
Palace in front following a clever turn and cross from Jason Puncheon.
Chamakh made it 2-0 when he controlled the ball with his chest before volleying it into the corner of the net.