There is only one word that can describe the change of fortune Crystal Palace went through this season: metamorphosis. From being the perennial whipping boys of the season under Ian Holloway, Tony Pulis changed Palace into a different animal. No longer satisfied with being rabbit caught in the headlights, Palace developed a shell tough enough to repel most attacks.
Before Tony Pulis Palace had only kept one clean sheet in 11 attempts, after his appointment Palace kept 11 clean sheets. Furthermore, in just 11 games Palace had conceded 21 goals, after Pulis came in Palace only conceded a further 27 in 27 to have a grand total of 48 goals conceded.
Palace's survival was built on the defensive solidarity Pulis instilled in the team, this was recognised by Pulis being awarded the Premier League Manager of the Year.
There is scope for concern in the fact only Puncheon, Gayle and Chamakh managed over 5 goals, nonetheless in Pulis, Palace have a wily manager who has time and time again shown enough mettle to overcome the hardest of challenges.