Premier League: Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis bemoans slow start after Manchester City loss
Tony Pulis admitted that Crystal Palace were not quite at the top of the game after losing 2-0 to Manchester City.
Last Updated: 27/04/14 7:43pm
Palace had won their previous five matches ahead of kick-off but fell behind after just four minutes when Yaya Toure crossed for Edin Dzeko to head in.
Toure added a fantastic second to boost City's title hopes and leave Pulis frustrated, especially with the way Palace started slowly.
Palace have performed well against some of the top teams this season but Pulis admits it is impossible to compete when such mistakes are made as they were against City.
"We gave them a leg up. The goal early on I think settled their nerves and knocked us a little bit," he told Sky Sports.
"Against the big teams you need everybody to play to the top of their game and we were just a little bit off it today."
Asked about the early goal, Pulis added: "Just making sure the game was nice and tight (was important).
"Every player in our team had to be on it today and we've found all season that against the bigger teams that is the way it's got to be."