'Wonderful’ Marouane Chamakh is a threat to anybody, says Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

This Is Local London: Marouane Chamakh celebrates his goal. Picture: Press Association Marouane Chamakh celebrates his goal. Picture: Press Association

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis faced the press after his second win in a week as his side beat Cardiff City 2-0 at Selhurst Park following strikes from Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome.

Pulis was full of praise for the big Moroccan striker signed from Arsenal and was in no doubt about his importance to the side from SE25.

“Chamakh recognises he’s an important member of this group and hopefully he keeps playing the way he’s playing,” said the Welsh-born Pulis.

“I thought he was wonderful today - he has got real quality. Arsenal never buy a player unless they have got quality - Arsene Wenger knows people with quality and he has got that quality, it’s just about getting it out of him.

“Fingers crossed. The games I’ve seen, he’s really looked up for it.”

Chamakh was part of a double-pronged attacking pair alongside Cameron Jerome and Cardiff could not find a way to deal with them throughout the day.

Puliss said: “If Cameron does what he is good at, then he is a threat to anybody and Chamakh’s link-up play just off of him was a threat - they have been brilliant they’ve really given everybody in the team a lead in respect of the way they have worked.

“You could go through the team; Danny Gabbidon and Damien Delaney at the back today were fantastic in their third game of the week, Mile Jedinak, Kagisho Dikgacoi too - it was a big game for us. “

Despite picking up six points in the last five days, Pulis is not getting carried away and knows the rest of the month will be tough as the Eagles face tough away games at Chelsea, Aston Villa and Manchester City alongside a home match against Newcastle in between.

“These (Cardiff) are important games and we needed to get points this week - it was very, very important as we have some very, very tough away games coming up so we needed to be with the pack and that’s where we are.

“Hopefully when the transfer window opens we can get one or two players in who will give us a lift and we can get a run going and give ourselves a chance.

“It’s two wins and we’re not going to carried away with it.”

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