Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis hails Southampton's academy

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Tony Pulis has hailed the work conducted in Saints’ academy, as he prepares to put his Crystal Palace side up against Mauricio Pochettino’s young guns.

With four players from the club having been provided to the senior England team this week, as well as many more at youth level, there has been a lot of praise sent in the direction of St Mary’s.

None has been more glowing than that from Pulis, who believes Saints’ set-up represents the gold standard in this country.

“They’ve done it consistently for a long time. They haven’t just stumbled over it,” he said.

“There’s people who have been there for years and years, and they have got a very, very good scouting set-up, but also the people that work there, before you even get to becoming professionals, are really good lads.

“They don’t worry just about the technical side of it, they actually worry about the players’ attitude and responsibility. Most of the lads who come out of that club, if you have a look at them, are good lads as well, they’re not just good players.

“They’ve got the jigsaw sorted out, and the pieces are in the right place.”

With the Pulis family home being situated in Bournemouth, the current Palace manager has paid a lot of attention to the goings on just up the road, in Southampton.

“Lallana actually went to school with my daughter, so we always look at what Adam’s doing,” he said.

“He comes from a lovely family, he’s a very level-headed lad, and it’s lovely to see him doing so well.

“Shaw, Chambers, I don’t know what they put in the water down there, but they certainly produce some very good players.

“They’ve always had experienced people behind the scenes. Experienced people in respect of the way they bring up the young players.

“Young players with talent need guidance, they need role models and people who are going to put them in their place.”

It is not just the quality of Saints’ academy products that has caught the eye of Pulis, though.

The 56-year-old has also been quite taken with how the first-team have played under the guidance of Pochettino.

“I’ve seen them quite a few times,” he said. “I think the manager’s done a fantastic job.

“They’ve got an identity to their team, they play a certain way – it’s a little bit different to most teams in the Premier League.

“The rotation of the front three and the way they use their full-backs is excellent.

“As a coach and a manager, you enjoy watching certain teams, because you can actually see what they’re trying to achieve, and they make it very difficult for the opposition.”

Pulis’ side have lost just one of their last five home matches – and that was to Manchester United – and he believes his team can give Saints a difficult game at Selhurst Park tomorrow.

“We are at our place and we want to be positive and do what I think we’re good at, and hopefully that will be enough to give Southampton a good game, because they are a good team,” he said.

However, Palace’s chances of pulling off a first ever Premier League win against Saints – they have not won any of the nine previous encounters since 1992/93 – could be hit by the potential absence of top scorer Marouane Chamakh.

Pulis said: “Chamakh’s struggling with his hamstring. “He’s a last-minute one. He will be a big miss if he’s not fit.”

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8:19am Fri 7 Mar 14

Saintsayer II says...

We should refuse to play until he pulls his tanks out of the Ukraine
We should refuse to play until he pulls his tanks out of the Ukraine Saintsayer II
  • Score: 9

8:51am Fri 7 Mar 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Its always nice to hear another manager praising not just the academy but the first team and manager, even if it is pulls!
I think palace has a good youth setup as well, they have produced a lot of top quality players over the years, Nat clyne for one.
Its always nice to hear another manager praising not just the academy but the first team and manager, even if it is pulls! I think palace has a good youth setup as well, they have produced a lot of top quality players over the years, Nat clyne for one. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 11

10:32am Fri 7 Mar 14

HorndeanSaint says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
We should refuse to play until he pulls his tanks out of the Ukraine
Please please show some respect. Ukraine is a country with its own identity, not the region previously referred to. Adding "the" in front of Ukraine, denies Ukrainians their identity and their right to be referred to in the correct manner as a country in their own right.

Would you say "The Germany" or "The France?

http://time.com/1259
7/the-ukraine-or-ukr
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[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: We should refuse to play until he pulls his tanks out of the Ukraine[/p][/quote]Please please show some respect. Ukraine is a country with its own identity, not the region previously referred to. Adding "the" in front of Ukraine, denies Ukrainians their identity and their right to be referred to in the correct manner as a country in their own right. Would you say "The Germany" or "The France? http://time.com/1259 7/the-ukraine-or-ukr aine/ HorndeanSaint
  • Score: -5

4:38pm Fri 7 Mar 14

peregrine73 says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
Its always nice to hear another manager praising not just the academy but the first team and manager, even if it is pulls!
I think palace has a good youth setup as well, they have produced a lot of top quality players over the years, Nat clyne for one.
This is usual nowadays to "up the opponents" giving a psychological edge to the game.Simply saints need to win to confirm they are back on track from another blip in recent form.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: Its always nice to hear another manager praising not just the academy but the first team and manager, even if it is pulls! I think palace has a good youth setup as well, they have produced a lot of top quality players over the years, Nat clyne for one.[/p][/quote]This is usual nowadays to "up the opponents" giving a psychological edge to the game.Simply saints need to win to confirm they are back on track from another blip in recent form. peregrine73
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Glowing words indeed from a wily and clever manager who knows his job very well.
Maybe there is a certain amount of psychology here in "bigging up the opposition" but I am thinking Pulis is being genuine. He, like all the Premiership managers, can see what we are about and he will set up his side accordingly. We can expect a difficult game tomorrow, Palace have found good form at last and look OK to stay up. We need to find our focus again, pressure the opposition, chase down the ball and keep clear heads in front of goal.
An even game tomorrow I will say 1-1.
Glowing words indeed from a wily and clever manager who knows his job very well. Maybe there is a certain amount of psychology here in "bigging up the opposition" but I am thinking Pulis is being genuine. He, like all the Premiership managers, can see what we are about and he will set up his side accordingly. We can expect a difficult game tomorrow, Palace have found good form at last and look OK to stay up. We need to find our focus again, pressure the opposition, chase down the ball and keep clear heads in front of goal. An even game tomorrow I will say 1-1. Jan28th1984
  • Score: 3

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