Mile Jedinak hailed Crystal Palace’s resiliency after they held on for a crucial 1-0 victory over Stoke City.
Jason Puncheon bounced back from his penalty miss at Tottenham Hotspur to net the only goal of the game on 51 minutes, which ultimately proved the only difference between the sides in a close encounter at Selhurst Park.
“It’s obviously huge,” Jedinak said. “We know how tight it is down there at the minute so it was a very crucial win. We knew that going into the game, we knew it would be difficult but we held our own and were very resilient.
“I thought we got the goal deservedly and with it the three points.”
The Palace captain reserved special praise for goalscorer Puncheon, who provided the perfect response to his critics by firing home a superb second half strike to seal the points.
Jedinak said: “Punch is a strong character and he showed all his resilience and thick skin to slot the goal away. He maybe could have had another couple, he’ll be the first to admit that, but we are absolutely delighted for him.
“We had a few opportunities, one at the end with Punch to get a second goal, but we held out and stayed strong. The effort showed today by the boys was really what we needed and it’s put us in a very good position going forward.”
That position Jedinak refers to is 16th in the Barclays Premier League – despite starting the afternoon rock bottom of the pile.
But the Australian international says his side will not get carried away after climbing out of the bottom three.
“It’s going to be tight, we know that. We can’t look at that too much though, you’ve just got to get on with it and keep grinding out the performances.
“Hopefully, come the end of the season, that will give us enough points on the board to put us where we want to be.”