Date: 22nd May 2017 at 10:04pm
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Jason Puncheon and Sullay Kaikai have both been giving their thoughts on defeat to Manchester United on the final day of the Premier League season.

With Premier League survival confirmed ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, Crystal Palace did lose out two nil on the day and speaking to Crystal Palace FC in his own post game press interviews, Puncheon said it had been a difficult year that ended on a high despite the disappointment of the loss, and it would remain a special campaign for him given he was handed the skipper’s armband following Scott Dann’s injury.

‘I thought we started the game brightly but then we let our performance level slip although in the second half we showed what we are about and if we had a got a goal to get back in the game things might have been different. We are all delighted at what we have done to stay up but we do feel we have let ourselves down in this match regardless of what we have achieved in recent weeks. It was important to try and put on a good performance and it was really a game of two halves, we did better second half but the final moments let us down when it came to making the most of the chances that came our way to get a goal.’

With the run of results between February and April being key to our 14th place finish, Puncheon called on Palace to build on the foundations we have laid so far in 2017.

‘We have a good platform and must begin next season looking for a bright start and show the form we have done in recent weeks and get in a much better position than we are at the end of this season.’

There was also praise for Sam Allardyce for the work he’d done since his December arrival.

‘It`s been brilliant since he has come in, he pulled everyone together and lifted us all. He is obviously a big factor while we have stayed up but now it`s about looking forward to next season and building on what we have done and not be in this position again.’

As for Kaikai, he was also in front of the media following the game and he was celebrating his maiden Premier League game of the 2016/17 season following his introduction as a 67th minute substitute.

‘It was not typical of our usual performance in terms of energy and drive and at times we could have done a bit better. We did well in the second half and kept a clean sheet but overall it`s a frustrating result for us and we now need to look at coming back after the summer break and be ready to go again.’

With loan spells out at Brentford before returning to Selhurst Park and featuring in the FA Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers in January, he was obviously delighted to end the season with a league appearance.

‘It`s a special moment in my career and a great stage to play on and I am delighted to have been given the chance by the gaffer and the staff to give me that opportunity. I felt I did alright but personally I know I could have done more, I am just ready to come back hungry for next season. I will do some work over the summer and be as fit and sharp as I can. It has been a good learning experience having the opportunity to train with these guys everyday and I have also had the chance to watch from the bench which has proved good for me so I have been able to take a lot on board and that can only be a benefit for me.’

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