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Pulis: Palace climb up table due to players not me

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis deflected praise to the players after victory over Aston Villa.

The Eagles approach once again was at odds to the perception Pulis earned while managing Stoke City, with the 56-year-old pleased his players have bought into what he has tried to do since replacing Ian Holloway in November.

"You have to give credit to the players," he said.

"You can come in as a manager and put a philosophy into a football club, and if they don't take to it they can cost you your job. These lot have really enjoyed it, they have enjoyed the work.

"You get a stigma attached to you. At Stoke we used Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch and we used them in abundance because they are good players at what they do.

"We haven't got that target man here so we play through the pitch quicker and you need people who can come inside, like Bolasie and Puncheon do, into the pockets and we build up our momentum really through them.

"A lot of time and a lot of work has been spent trying to get them to understand that and the team to understand it. I think the way they have taken to it has been first class."

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