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Hodgson praises Palace’s Schlupp

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Jeffrey Schlupp of Crystal Palace scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The 26-year-old winger has been playing very well recently with Crystal Palace, and the team’s manager wanted to recognize that.

Winger Jeffrey Schlupp scored in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

And thanks to his goal, the team will play in the Quarterfinals for the second time in 23 years.

This is why Palace boss Roy Hodgson took some time off to praise his footballer.

“Heโ€™s been fantastic this season, especially these last games,” the manager was quoted by The Standard.

“It was another important goal, his fifth and thatโ€™s not bad coming from midfield, playing in a position where he has to do a lot of defending.”

“It was a cracking goal, to run from two yards in your own half, hold the ball that long, hold off challenges then strike it as well as he did was a great start for us,” he added.

Schlupp is a German-born Ghanian footballer who came out of the Leicester City youth system.

He played for the Foxes from 2010 to 2017, with a small loan to Brentford in 2011.

But he was bought by Crystal Palace on the summer of 2017, where he is enjoying good progress.

“We obviously knew if we got past this round, we’d be in a good position to get to Wembley,” Schlupp added.

“Of course this is a special tournament and hopefully with the luck of the draw we might get a ‘lesser’ team, if that’s what you want to call it, to have a better chance of getting through.”

โ€œBut obviously any trip to Wembley is special and hopefully we can do that,” the winger concluded.