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Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon delighted to bounce back from penalty disaster

Jason Puncheon: Delighted to put the penalty miss behind him with winning goal

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Crystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon was delighted to put last week's penalty disaster behind him by pinching the winner and earning manager Tony Pulis a victory over his former Stoke side.

Puncheon blazed a penalty high and wide in the early stages of Palace's game against Tottenham last weekend, a game they went on to lose 2-0.

He has since been on the wrong end of many jokes from his team-mates, but the former Blackpool and Southampton man put things right at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

"It's been a long week. I always knew that the best way to respond was obviously to try and perform. That's what the team's done and it's helped me get a goal," said Puncheon, quoted in The Sun.

"To be honest, I'm tired. It's been mentally and emotionally a long week but it has gone now and I've put it behind me with my performance."

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni praised Puncheon and the team's spirit and togetherness over the incident.

"You always take the mickey. Was he laughing along? He was fine. He knows whatever happens - himself and everybody else - we all have the support of each other. That's the most important thing. That's the spirit we have," Speroni said.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has called for Puncheon to solely focus on keeping Palace in the division.

"I said to him afterwards, this is the way football is. You get good times and bad," said Pulis.

"It's about dealing with both in the same way and being focused on what we are trying to achieve and that is staying up."

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