Pulisic: ‘It was important to start well’

‘I’m really happy with the way the game went and obviously, personally, getting minutes in the first two games. We’ve got two great results and a clean sheet in the Premier League was really important for us, so it’s a great start.

‘Obviously challenging for the title is what we’re going to fight for, but it’s just the first game. We’re going to take it game by game, and try to put a great season together.’

That means while he was pleased to get his first goal of 2021/22, and feature in both of our opening two competitive fixtures of the season, coming off the bench in Belfast and starting at the Bridge, it was the overall team performance against Crystal Palace that gave him the most joy.

‘Obviously it’s always nice to get on the score sheet so I’m very happy, but I’m just happy about the win for the team. We put a really good performance together and the clean sheet was very important, so it was a really good day for us and I’m just happy with getting three important points.’