Tony Pulis: 'The pressure is on our rivals'

Tony Pulis manager of Crystal Palace gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2014
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Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis believes that his side are under less pressure to avoid relegation than their rivals.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has claimed that his side are not under as much pressure as their rivals in the closing stages of the season.

Pulis, who was handed control at Selhurst Park in November, believes that the team's pre-season tag of favourites to be relegated means that expectations have been low during the campaign.

"It is about everybody holding their nerve," the former Stoke City manager told reporters.

"The great thing with us is the expectations are not as great as maybe at some of the other clubs who have been here for a long period of time.

"Everybody marked us down as favourites to get relegated and favourites to be bottom of the league."

Palace, who take on Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, are currently 17th in the Premier League.

Marouane Chamakh of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at Selhurst Park on December 07, 2013
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