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Schlupp: Plenty Of Positives

21 January 2017

Jeffrey Schlupp was given his first start in a Palace shirt by Sam Allardyce and was pleased with the welcome he received and came so close to taking something from his home debut against Everton.  
"Obviously Everton at home is a tough match to go into for your debut and its been a while since I have played a full 90 minutes in the Premier League but I enjoyed it. The crowd was roaring as always and made me feel at home."

The 24 year old was receiving treatment as the visitors scored with three minutes remaining to take the points but the newcomer saw plenty to take from the encounter.  

"Unfortunately this is how things have been going for the side lately, when a player is down the referee has got to stop play in my opinion but he has not and we have gone and conceded the goal. 

"There are though plenty of positives to take from the game, we created a lot and looked dangerous going forward. We need to take that into the next game and start picking up some points."

Defending as a team is something that the new boss has been working on with his squad since joining and the breakthrough only came when Palace were down to ten men and Schlupp was surprised not to see play stopped as he lay on the ground at the other end of the pitch receiving treatment. 

"I was down with cramp but my leg locked up and basically couldn’t move. I was on the pitch and the ball went out of play but the referee obviously hasn’t seen me or just not stopped the game and they score. We have to take it on the chin I’m afraid and move on. 

"I’m sure most people in the squad have been in a similar situation in their career before and we know what it takes to get out of it so we need to keep our heads as the game is gone now and look forward to the next game and put things right." 

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