Jeffrey Schlupp has hailed the understanding between him and Patrick Van Aanholt after opening his scoring account for Crystal Palace in their 2-0 win over Fulham FC last Saturday.
Schlupp handed the Eagles the lead on the stroke of half time, before Wilfried Zaha later secured all three points at Craven Cottage, after being put through by Van Aanholt’s fine through-ball.
The latter was also denied a similarly good goal when his first-half finish was ruled out for offside, but he showed consistent signs of developing a promising partnership with Schlupp on the left wing.
They had been expected to remain rivals to be the club’s first choice left-back, but Roy Hodgson has instead retained Van Aanholt there and started Schlupp in front of him on the left wing.
“Patrick and I have a great understanding down that left-hand side,” he told the club’s website.
“The moment he got the ball there was a bit of eye contact for me to show him where I wanted the pass and he played it perfectly and I just had to concentrate on hitting the target, it went in so I am happy.”
“You could see how much it meant to me with the celebration and what a time to do it, I have waited a long time and enjoyed that one.”
“(Fulham) are a very good team and they play a system which means they keep the ball well so we had to dig deep, especially the first 25 minutes or so.”
“We managed to do that and get the goal at an important time just before the break.”
Schlupp will be looking to repeat the trick in their next outing against Liverpool next Monday.