Maupay wants more happy Palace memories

Albion striker looking to repeat his goal in first meeting when Albion face the Eagles on Saturday.

By James Hilsum • 27 February 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace.

Neal Maupay is relishing the prospect of playing Palace at home for the first time this Saturday after scoring at Selhurst Park in the 1-1 draw in December. 

He said, “When we played them in December there was a great atmosphere and the away end was packed. Our fans sang during the whole game which was a really good feeling for us. 

“I scored in front of them and was really pleased because I know that it’s a big game for our fans and we want to make them proud and happy.

“It would be massive to win the game on Saturday. We’ll look at the Sheffield United match to see what we did well and and where we can improve, we’ll work hard this week and be ready on Saturday to get a win.”

The Frenchman ended a run of eight games without a goal against Sheffield United last Saturday, but says he was always confident he'd soon be back among the goals. 

He said, “I hadn’t scored in the previous few games and I was on the bench a couple of games too.

“I know I can do better but I have confidence in my game and know I’m going to score goals. Even the best strikers in the world struggle sometimes so I didn’t worry about it.

“I just had to keep working hard and believing in myself. I have a manager and teammates who believe in me which gives me confidence.”


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Maupay says he enjoys playing alongside Glenn Murray and believes they complement each other's styles.

“He he’s got such good experience of the Premier League and knows exactly what the team needs," said Maupay.

“If we need to we can play the ball long to him because he will hold it up and I can play off him. He's always very calm - it's good to have him in the team."