Mark Bright saw Alan Pardew get his Premier League reign at Crystal Palace get off to the best possible start on Saturday evening and has been discussing a valuable win with the club's official website.
A derby date with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur provided a stern test of the Eagles’ credentials, but they passed it with flying colours.
The hosts fell behind at Selhurst Park as Harry Kane opened the scoring early in the second half, but goals from Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon helped to turn the tie on its head.
Bright believes Palace were able to come out on top as they showed the greater desire in key areas of the field, with the Pardew-effect paying immediate dividends in south London.
He told the club’s website: “We passed the ball better in the second half, managed to sustain more attacks and hounded the Spurs midfield into turning the ball over much more than they did in the first half. The travelling fans went quiet and the home crowd raised the intensity, and on 74 minutes Wilfried Zaha replaced Glenn Murray and what an inspired substitution it was.
“The manager saved one of our quickest and most skilful players for a late impact and it paid off. Wilf produced a piece of magic, twisting inside and out before the ball found its way to Jason Puncheon and with his sweet left foot swept the ball past Hugo Lloris.
“With 10 minutes plus stoppage time left Spurs had nothing left to give. Damien Delaney and Scott Dann once again held it all together at the centre of defence, and we won the midfield battle as the work rate was immense and the will to win was strong.”
The challenge for Palace now is maintaining the standards they set against Spurs.
Victory has lifted them out of the relegation zone, but only one point separates them from the Premier League trapdoor.
Pardew does have the luxury of an open transfer window with which to work and the right additions over the coming weeks will help to add greater depth to the ranks and put the Eagles in a stronger position to fend off the threat of relegation out of the top-tier.