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Pulis criticises decisions

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has admitted to complaining to the Referees' Association over decisions that have gone against his side.

Against Southampton, in the first 20 minutes we had two great opportunities where the linesmen flagged.

I've been on to the Referees' Association and the linesmen should get those decisions right because the two were onside.

(Glenn) Murray was through on goal and had just the goalkeeper to beat.

In the second half when (Southampton defender Jose) Fonte brings down (Palace's Yannick) Bolasie, that is a sending off.

In Premier League games, you need things to go for you and they never did. If Murray had been allowed to go on and score, it would have been a different game.

– Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis


Pulis praises Saints model

Tony Pulis believes Southampton have solved the puzzle of bringing through academy players - but warned that tempting offers from other clubs could still see that homegrown talent fly the nest.

Southampton have drawn the plaudits for their attractive football under Mauricio Pochettino and the backbone of the Argentinian's side are products of Saints' youth academy.

They haven't just stumbled over it. They have the jigsaw sorted out and all the pieces are in the right place, we don't do that a lot in this country.

I know a little about the club and there are people who have been there for years and years. They have a good scouting set-up and the people who work there, even before you become a professional, are very good lads.

They don't worry about just the technical side of it, they look at attitude, commitment and responsibility. Most of the lads who have come out of that club are not only good players, they are good lads.

– Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis.

Bannan welcomes return of "daddy" Fletcher

Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan has hailed the return of "daddy of the team" Darren Fletcher ahead of the trip to Warsaw to play Poland.

Fletcher is back in the squad for the first time since November 2012 after battling back from a chronic bowel condition to return to the Manchester United team.

Manager Gordon Strachan is yet to confirm whether the 30-year-old will play in the friendly on Wednesday night or re-assume the captaincy from Scott Brown, but Bannan is delighted to have the team's natural leader back in the fold.

The Crystal Palace midfielder, speaking from Glasgow Airport ahead of the squad's departure, said:

He's like the daddy of the team. You look up to him because of what he has done and just to have him back is a big, big boost for the whole country.

I was young when I first broke through and he was one I was kind of in awe of and looked up to. He made it so easy for me. It's good to have him back. He's the captain and the leader.

– Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan
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