Chelsea loanee striker Patrick Bamford was booed by the Eagles’ supporters during Crystal Palace – Norwich game on Saturday.
The 22-year-old striker has joined Norwich City on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season; he spent the first half of the season on loan at Crystal Palace but it ended in controversy.
Norwich manager Alex Neil said: “It was tailor-made for him, It is quite common players who have had a bad time somewhere go back and do well.”
But within two minutes Puncheon scored the opener and put Eagles in front at Selhurst.
“I put Patrick on before the goal because they were putting Zaha on at that time and that was the signal they were going to go for it a little bit more,” said Neil. “With Patrick going on the idea was that might help stretch the game and give us something at the top end.”
“I thought the game was set-up for him against an ex-team if you like where he didn’t have a good time.”
“I brought him on at Swansea and Villa and he looked dangerous in both of those so I hoped it was written in the stars but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Most players thrive on that negativity if they get booed, it is the pantomime villain mentality if you like and it normally brings the best out of you. The one thing I would say is he is a very young lad and that will be a good learning curve for him.”