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Exclusive: I'll be ribbing winger ahead of Spurs return, jokes Palace boss

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CRYSTAL Palace boss Neil Warnock says he won't need to have a pep talk with Jason Puncheon ahead of Saturday's trip to White Hart Lane.

The winger returns to the ground where he suffered a horror penalty miss for the first time since January, and following the game there was a spat between him and Warnock over its lack of quality.

The manager, who was conducting media work at the time, says he was mis-quoted and that Puncheon is working hard at the moment to rediscover his form.

That miss in north London was the catalyst behind the Croydon-born man's resurgence last season, as he went to score important winners against Stoke City and Hull City in particular later in January.

"I'll be ribbing him in training!," Warnock joked to the Advertiser. "In all seriousness, it has long gone and Saturday doesn't worry me in the slightest with Jason.

"He's done brilliantly for me so that's all I care about. It won't be in his mind and I won't need to talk to him, not at all."

For the full interview with Warnock, do not miss the back page of Friday's Croydon Advertiser.

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Exclusive: I'll be ribbing winger ahead of Spurs return, jokes Palace boss


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