Premier League: Tony Pulis eyes January reinforcements after Crystal Palace lose to Norwich
Tony Pulis was left ruing missed chances as Crystal Palace slipped to a 1-0 defeat in his first game at Norwich.
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Last Updated: 01/12/13 7:53am
Norwich took the lead on the half-hour mark when Gary Hooper slotted home a well-worked team goal for the hosts.
Pulis' men came out fighting however and made several chances of their own, the best being Barry Bannan's left-footed strike, which Martin Olsson somehow headed off the line.
Palace spent the majority of the second half in the ascendancy and forced a last-ditch clearance from Sebastien Bassong, who narrowly avoided scoring an own goal as he slid in to protect the Norwich clean sheet.
Taking the reins from caretaker manager Keith Millen, Pulis was impressed by the attacking vigour and creativity shown by his side.
"We needed a break in the game and we had the opportunities," he told Sky Sports.
"I think Bannan's effort which was headed off the line was a fantastic bit of defending and the Bassong clearance, how he clears it off the line I don't know.
"Cameron Jerome had a good chance, there really are some positives to take out of this, we just needed a break."
With both Fulham and Cardiff losing, victory at Norwich would have allowed the Eagles to escape the relegation zone but Pulis understands to progress in the top-flight you must be clinical.
"It is very disappointing to come and play as we did today and not get anything out of the game, but that happens in the Premiership," he added.
"You have to take your chances; the most important thing was the players really bought into what we're trying to do.
"I have always said that our teams should give everything they possibly can for the football club and the people paying to watch them.
"What we need is to take our chances; if chances come along we have to take them.
"I don't think it's the first time that has happened at Palace this year, Ian [Holloway] and Keith [Millen] will both have said that."
Pulis' trusted assistants from his time at the Britannia Stadium with Stoke City, Gerry Francis and Dave Kevan, were both in attendance and the Palace boss insists he would relish the opportunity to incorporate them in his staff.
"They rang in the week and wanted to come up to watch the game and I will certainly be on the phone to them on the way back," he explained.
"I have great respect for the both of them, they have both been a great help in my time of management."
Palace now face both West Ham and Cardiff at Selhurst Park ahead of a busy Christmas period and Pulis is already looking to do business in the January transfer window.
"We have to pick points up before the window comes along," he added.
"Fingers crossed we can wheel and deal and do what I have always had to do, try and get one or two people in who will give us that bit of a lift."