By Joana Arries-Tagoe
Ghanaian winger – Jeffrey Schlupp has said that Crystal Palace had no other option than to finish the 2019/20 English Premier League on a positive note having endured back-to-back defeats on the road to the final matchday.
Schlupp [27yrs] who has been sidelined due to injury came in hand for the Eagles on the final day as his goal ensured that Crystal Palace ends its run of seven straight defeat having settled for a 1-1 drawn game with Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Talking about how things panned out for the Eagles, the Black Stars left wing-back said they had a decent run early on, but their results after the restart was something else.
“We’ve been safe quite early on,” he said.
“Since the restart, results haven’t been what we wanted but we wanted to finish off the season well and I think we’ve done that today.”
“We’ve had some key injuries. All in all, it has been a good season for us; we wanted to maybe challenge for something a bit higher in the league but it didn’t happen.
“We had some disappointing results but it was important for us to finish well and hopefully we can take that into the next season.
“We deserve a good break first and foremost and then we get straight back into it with a shorter pre-season than normal and pick-up where we left-off after today.”
The versatile Ghanaian midfielder further reiterated the important role their supporters play for the team and how he wished to see the Selhurst Park’s famous atmosphere back again:
“Our fans are massive for us,” he said.
“And as you can see from the restart we’ve not had the best of results and you can maybe put that down to missing our fans.
“We look forward to hopefully having them back soon and to giving us that push that we need for next season.”
Born to Ghanaian parents in Hamburg, Germany, Jeffrey Schlupp made his Black Stars debut against Gabon on November 15, 2011, coming on as a late substitute for striker Prince Tagoe.