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When Tony Pulis replaced Ian Holloway as Crystal Palace manager on November 23rd..

The Eagles were languishing in last place in the Premier League table, with just seven points to their name.

Will Tony Pulis become the Crystal Palace saviour?Eleven weeks later and Palace have busted out of the relegation zone and sit in 14th place on the Premier League table with 26 points, in what has been a revival for the club.

Palace were clinical in their 3-1 dismantling of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, turning Selhurst Park into a home fortress which will be a crucial factor for the club as they try to avoid the drop.

Since Pulis was handed over the reins at the club, the Eagles have won five of their seven home fixtures and have secured 16 out of a possible 21 points at home.

Much like he made the Britannia Stadium a fortress during his seven season tenure at Stoke City, where he guided the Potters to the Premier League for the first time in 23 years, and kept the club afloat having never been relegated.

Renowned for scrapping results with thin squads and limited resources, Pulis was a perfect fit for Crystal Palace. The 56-year-old took charge at a time when the club required stability, and a proven manager in the Premier League.

The Welshman appeared to be ideal for Palace, and despite an inconsistent record (six wins, six losses, one draw) since he began at the club, he has slowly turned things around to the point where survival in the league is a real possibility.

The faith in Pulis was matched by the club in the January transfer window, who sanctioned deals for five new signings on deadline day.

A quartet of recruits were handed to Pulis as an aid to bolster the club’s survival attempts with Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton), Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers), Joe Ledley (Celtic) and Tom Ince (Blackpool-loan) all joining the club.

Ince and Ledley made an immediate impact, with both on the scoresheet at the weekend, while Dann has slotted straight into the starting lineup.

All four signings could be pivotal, as Palace’s Premier League survival race gathers momentum, and the plaudits must go to the manager for creating a sense of optimism at Selhurst Park, something that had deserted the club earlier in the season.

While Pulis has managed to steer Palace up the table and out of the relegation zone for now, the battle to stay alive will rage on until the last few weeks of the campaign. The mark of a good manager is the way his side responds when they experience a loss, and there will be more for Palace as the season enters its close.

Following the win against West Brom, Pulis told reporters, “I’ve managed in the Premier League six years now and the one thing you must never do, especially a club our size, is get complacent”.

Fear not, with that steely resolve it would appear your in the right hands Palace fans.

Originally published at outside90.com

Post written by Domenic Favata (@DomFavata) for Outside 90
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