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Palace's Welsh manager: 'I don't want Cardiff to go down'

Tony Pulis spoke highly of Welsh football in an interview with journalists Photo: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is only too aware of the battle ahead when the Eagles face fellow Premier League relegation candidates Cardiff City tomorrow.

But that hasn't stopped him speaking warmly of his opponents - and Welsh football in general - during a press conference.

The 56-year-old, originally from Pillgwenlly in Newport, admitted he had a soft spot for Cardiff City and recalled fond memories of watching their games with his father as a young boy.

He told journalists: "Cardiff, along with Newport, along with Swansea, along with Wrexham... I'm not being biased, it's just the Welsh connection."

Pulis also said he did not want to see the Bluebirds, who were promoted alongside Palace last season - struggle in the Premier League.

"I don't want to see [Cardiff] go downhill, not at all," he said.

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Crystal Palace enjoyed a surprise 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park last weekend after an own goal by Chelsea's John Terry.

It was Palace's first league win over Chelsea in nearly 24 years and handed the Eagles an unlikely lifeline in their battle for top-flight survival.

But Pulis has insisted the victory does not mean Crystal Palace have secured their Barclays Premier League status and knows the win will count for little if they fall to Cardiff tomorrow.

Crystal Palace players celebrate last weekend after an own goal by Chelsea's John Terry Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

No Palace side has ever spent longer than a single season in the Premier League and Pulis, who boasts a record of never being relegated during his managerial career, believes there is still plenty of work to be done if he is to become the first man to steer the South London side to safety.

"It was three points against Chelsea but that is gone now," he said.

"The most important thing is to focus on the next game, which is probably going to be more difficult. The lads can take a lot from the way they played last weekend but that goes out the window when we kick-off.

"All that counts now is the Cardiff game. We need to make sure we put in enough performances like last weekend to get us over the line.

"If people think it is all over and done with after the Chelsea game it isn't, we have still got to get the points because everyone down there is fighting. We have go focus on getting the points as quickly as we can.

"Cardiff will want to drag us back into it.

"They have got some good players - It will be a very difficult game for us but we have known that all season. We have been the underdogs all season and that will continue, irrespective of where we are in the table.

"Three points this weekend will not see us safe, we have to keep going until we are mathematically safe."