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Tony Pulis takes charge as Crystal Palace are sunk by Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:31 02 December 2013 | UPDATED: 16:41 02 December 2013

Norwich players celebrate Gary Hooper's goal. Pic by Chris Radbum/PA

Norwich players celebrate Gary Hooper's goal. Pic by Chris Radbum/PA

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Gary Hooper's goal condemned Crystal Palace to defeat in Tony Pulis' first game in charge.

The striker scored the only goal of the game against Norwich City from close range following a Wes Hoolahan’s cross and after Johan Elmander had hit the bar.

Palace were denied an equaliser away from home when Barry Bannan’s shot was brilliantly headed up onto his own bar by Norwich defender Martin Olsson. Pulis has never been relegated in over two decades as a manager but he will have his work cut out at Selhurst Park, with the Eagles six points adrift of safety in the relegation zone.

Jimmy Kebe also went close for Palace while Noriwch defender Sebastian Bassong sliced Dean Moxey’s cross over his own bar.

The manager said: “You have to take your chances. We did not have the breaks.

“Cameron had a really good chance, so we have had opportunities.”

Palace play Cardiff City at home on Saturday, after they were due to welcome West Ham United to Selhurst Park on Tuesday.

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