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Dann Reflects On Successful Trip

20 July 2016

After yesterday's 2-2 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps, Crystal Palace's Scott Dann was pleased that a successful trip off the pitch was matched by the results on it.

The draw in Canada followed a goalless draw against Philadelphia Union and a 2-0 win in front of 35,000 fans in Cincinnati, and having met hundreds of Palace fans across the Atlantic and made new friends in the three cities they've played in, the centre-back has no complaints about the 12 day excursion.

"The whole staff and the squad have really enjoyed it," he said. "We've been made to feel really welcome in each of the places we've been, so for that it's been a good pre-season trip and one that we've all enjoyed. 

"The three games have been really good and the quality has got better and better in the years we've been over here. Those clubs were in a lot better position than us as we've only been back 10 days but it's been a good trip overall. 

"We've come through it and the lads have got some good minutes under their belts and we haven't lost which is a nice touch."

Dann praised the Palace fans who had travelled from all over the continent to see the Eagles in action, both in the games and the open training sessions that were held in each city, but thoughts are already beginning to turn now to the next five friendlies back in England ahead of the Premier League kick-off in August.

"There's been a lot more Palace fans than we expected which has been fantastic," he added. "Once we get back we've got to try and up the tempo and get more match sharpness and fitness, and hopefully we can take that into the next four or five games and then into the start of the season."

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