Crystal Palace boss believes ‘long ball’ tag now history

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis believes his teams will no longer be immediately tagged as physical, long ball sides after his time at Selhurst Park, as reported by the Evening Standard.

The Eagles won their fifth game in a row yesterday to mathematically ensure survival and even have one eye on the top ten.

Pulis was tagged at Stoke with a physical, unattractive side, and many were expecting the same from Palace but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The impressive boss has got his team playing some neat attacking football and admits that working with the players you have dictates the style, not the manager.

“The defence has been fantastic, but I also think we’ve played some really, really good football,” Pulis said.

“Today again we could have scored three or four goals, so don’t take anything away from we’ve got here.

“This is a different team to the one I had at Stoke – it’s got different strengths.

“We sat down and worked out the strengths of the team and worked out a system we thought would suit them.

“You have to be strong and you have to be resilient, but we’ve got great pace on the break and the two wide players were absolutely outstanding today.”

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