Alan Pardew singles out Jason Puncheon for praise after 'amazing' Crystal Palace win

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew heaped praise on winger Jason Puncheon after his side's 3-2 win over Burnley.

Crystal Palace produced an amazing fightback to beat Burnley 3-2 at Turf Moor, and manager Alan Pardew singled out winger Jason Puncheon in his post-match interview, as reported by the London Evening Standard.

"What a performance to come back," Pardew said. "I don't care who you are playing against. It was an amazing game and I thought we deserved it. Jason Puncheon was the best player on the pitch today by a country mile."

Palace slipped into a 2-0 deficit as Ben Mee and Danny Ings scored to put Burnley ahead inside the first 16 minutes, but Pardew's Eagles mounted a superb fightback.

Dwight Gayle gave Palace hope with a goal on the half hour mark, before Puncheon scored his second goal in two games under Pardew just after the break.

Gayle won it for Palace with just three minutes to play, but Puncheon was the star of the show in Pardew's mind - and the stats support his assertion.

Puncheon had 65 touches, which was the second most in the Palace side, according to WhoScored.com. With a goal and an assist, the former Southampton winger was in fine form for the second week running, so it's no surprise to see Pardew praise the 28-year-old.

The result moved Palace up to 12th place, four points clear of the relegation zone as Pardew made it two wins from two Premier League games - and he has Puncheon to thank for both victories.

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