Date: 5th August 2017 at 6:47pm
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Manager Frank de Boer has declared himself satisfied following Crystal Palace’s draw with Schalke earlier today.

Hosting the Bundesliga side at Selhurst Park a few hours ago, Palace took a one all draw and extended our unbeaten pre season run to three matches in de Boer’s Selhurst bow.

Having trailed at the break, a Christian Benteke leveller on the hour mark saw us restore parity and that was where the scoring ended.

Palace:

Speroni, Milivojevic, Dann, Reidewald (Tomkins 81), Townsend (Ward 70), Puncheon, Loftus-Cheek, Van Aanholt, Zaha, Lokilo (Lee 79), Benteke.

Subs not used:

Hennessey, Schlupp, Husin, Ladapo.

Schalke:

Fahrmann, Kehrer (Howedes 46), Stambouli (Goretzka 60), Naldo (Geis 60), Insua, Caligiuri, Bentaleb, Oczipka (Coke 60), Harit (Meyer 60), Burgstaller, Reece (McKinnie 46).

Sub not used:

Nubel.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC as he met with the press following the game to give his thoughts on the 90, a relatively happy gaffer explained that with the team looking fit and sharp as we head into the final week before the Premier League kick off, he has to be content with our efforts on the day.

‘I was quite pleased with the performance – in the first half we could have done better pressing forward and I think you saw the difference in the second half when we did that, and from that we created a lot more chances. We dominated more of the second half and we could have won the game, but we know that the physical aspect is very important and the Germans are always very fit, but I think that we looked fitter. I am pleased with how they dealt with how we want to play, and now I`m looking forward to next week. Schalke are a team that want to be back in Europe and be in the top five of the league again and they have bought a lot of good players, so when you consider that we can be very satisfied today.’

With young winger Jason Lokilo being handed a second start in a row following the Metz game, it’s clear to see the Dutchman has been impressed with his efforts so far, but he admitted he knew nothing about him prior to his arrival at the club.

Lokilo can thank Mark Bright for a word in the ear.

‘I didn`t know him when I came in as he was an under-23 player but Mark Bright mentioned that he is one of the talented players in that group. We were a man or two short in training so we picked him to participate in them and he made a great impression of his qualities, and that`s why he deserved to play today. Jason had a bit of tension playing at Selhurst Park for the first time so he had cramp, and Jairo got through 80 minutes so overall they looked very fit and ready to start the season.’

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