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Mile - We've Taken Confidence From Stoke

9 January 2013

Club captain Mile Jedinak told the Palace website this week that Palace can take real confidence from their performance against Stoke City, despite the game ending in a draw. 

“I wouldn't call it disappointment, obviously we knew it was going to be a tough game against Premier League opposition but I think over all we're pretty happy with the display and unfortunately we couldn't get that goal. That's just the way it goes unfortunately. We had a few changes, as we expected, a few boys who haven't played to much, it will take them a bit of time, but I thought they did well. We were just unlucky in that final third not to test the keeper a bit more."

After a busy festive period a replay ten days later at the Britannia Stadium is not ideal but Jedinak knows that as professionals they have just got to deal with it and get the job done.

“We're professional players, professional athletes, you've just got to get on with it. Whether the manager decides to go with you or not, we all know we're in it as a group, so it's got to be done. Would we like an extra game? I don't know, probably not, but we've got it so we have just got to deal with it."

A home tie against Manchester City awaits the winners and Palace's Australian midfielder doesn't see why Palace can't book a place in the fourth round with a win at the Britannia Stadium. 

“I don't see why not, I think we've got a lot of confidence around the place and we're playing with that confidence at the minute. We know it's going to be a difficult game, they've got a great record at home in the Premier League so we're not going to kid ourselves. It's going to be a really tough game but I think we can take a lot of confidence from Saturday.”

Watch the full interview with Mile on Palace Player.

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