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Captain's Comments : Southampton

26 December 2014

We bring you this week's match programme notes from Mile Jedinak. 

 

2014 is definitely up there as the biggest year of my career to date with everything that's happened for club and country.

 

Staying up was a massive achievement for us, and being the first Palace side to do it in the Premier League was really big, not only for me personally but for the football club too. We did it comfortably in the end and the way we got together and got thinking the same way topped off a really positive season. It was just what I needed going into the World Cup.

 

I've had a little bit of time to reflect on that tournament and it's something that I won't forget in a hurry. I had to take a relatively inexperienced groupover there and even though the results weren't what we wanted, the performances were. We went up against arguably three of the top 10 nations in the world and gave them a right go which was all that we asked for, and on any other day maybe we would have held onto a couple of those results. Overall it was a massive achievement for us.

 

The start of the season back here was a testing time for us with the change in manager but as a professional footballer you know these things can happen and you just have to try and react in the best way possible. We went through it together as a squad and that's the great thing about the lads here - we went through a lot last year but when something like that happens the bond gets better which is important for us.

 

We've had an OK start to this season, and I've been happy to chip in with a few goals but I'd absolutely like to see us with a few more points at thistime of the season. Maybe we've let a few opportunities slip but it gives us a reminder that we're in the Premier League and we come up against topquality sides all the time and we shouldn't take anything for granted, which I don't think we will do until the last ball is kicked in the last game of the season.

 

My hope for 2015 is for the club to keep building on what's been happening here. It's all about remaining in this division first and foremost but we'vegot to try and build on what we achieved last year and keep progressing from there, and we'll see where that takes us.

 


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