As Jeffrey Schlupp prepares for Sunday’s match at Watford he believes the squad can take plenty of positives from the opening two games of the campaign and looking back on Monday’s defeat against Liverpool he believes the big decision just before half-time was crucial to the outcome.
“I thought we were definitely in the game, we defended well with a good team shape but it’s one of those things when they get the penalty, which was a big blow for us just before half time. It’s never nice to concede a goal anytime but certainly at that stage of the game, probably the worst time. There are lots of positives to take, we had moments where we nearly got in but they are a top team and if they get chances they are going to take them. They won 2-0 on the night but we were in the game for the majority so as I say there are a lot of positives to take from it.”
The 25 year old always knew that after last season it was crucial that the first win came early and that is why the three points at Fulham on the opening day gave the squad such confidence after the preparation they had put in during July.
“The way we started the season off last season was nowhere near good enough so to get those first three points and a win was massive. I felt we had a good pre-season and we’ve been working at things we have shown in games but after managing to get the three points first game we were disappointed at the result against Liverpool. Hopefully we can take those two performances into Sunday’s game against Watford,” said Schlupp as he also took time out to remember a special personal moment in that victory at Craven Cottage which gave him a good feeling.
“I was obviously delighted to get the goal, it’s been a while, and my last one came two seasons ago so it was a nice moment for me and helped to get the three points so it was all good.
"It also lifted a weight off my shoulders because when I came here, as well as wanting to help the team, I also wanted to score goals so to get my first one for Palace meant a lot.”
This weekend attention turns to a visit to Vicarage Road and a game against Watford, a side with a 100% record this season and it’s a contest that the Ghana international believes will be closely fought.
“They’ve started well with two wins out of two and I am sure they will be really confident at home but even though they are a good team I also class us as a good team and I can see a tight contest. I feel we are very similar in playing styles, evenly matched and it should be a good game with us hopefully coming out with the three points.”
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