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Captain's Comments: Stoke City

12 December 2014

Before each home game, Eagles skipper Mile Jedinak lifts the lid on the mood in the camp and gives an insight into what's he's been up to ahead of matchday. Today he writes before taking on Stoke City.

Looking back at the Tottenham game as a whole it was good to take the point, but probably on the balance of things we deserved all three.

However a draw is a good result for us at White Hart Lane as we're trying to find a little bit of momentum to get on a run at a crucial time of the year. It was also good to keep a clean sheet and I thought we created enough chances to win a couple of games, but it wasn't meant to be.

There's plenty of positives to take out of that performance though and it was good to see the boys bounce back from the defeat to Aston Villa by clinching a good result, just like they had last month by beating Liverpool after losing to Sunderland. I think that proves the belief is there and that's what you need as a group when you are in a battle like we are.

This is a busy time of the year for us as footballers but it's important we try to enjoy Christmas too despite the demands of the fixture list. For me it's about spending as much time as possible with the family, but other than that it's about being fully focussed on the task in hand, getting yourself prepared and resting up and recovering.

In Australian football there's quite a busy period around this time of the year too. There's not as many games per club but there's plenty going on so it sort of prepared  me for coming over here, but the sheer number of games in England does take things up to that next level.

I won't be able to indulge in a traditional Christmas dinner with a game against Southampton 24 hours later, but I think if you do things in moderation it's OK. The timing of things isn't ideal but you can't get to get too carried away - as much as you'd like to – but for me Christmas is about being around my family and seeing them get stuck into a turkey dinner will make me just as happy!

It was a big honour to be recently awarded the AFC International Player of the Year award at their annual ceremony. To be recognised amongst all the Asian confederation players, some of whom are playing at some big clubs in big leagues, is huge for me and it's something that I will cherish for a long time.

With this being our last game before Christmas I'd like to wish all Palace fans a happy and safe holiday and make sure you enjoy the company of your family, as well as all the good food going around!

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