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Captain's Comments: Sunderland

2 November 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 Sunderland.

Not wanting to dwell too much on our last home match against Chelsea, it was obviously disappointing to lose Damien during the first-half. It would have helped if it was 11 v 10 but it wasn't meant to be and they got that all-important second goal and that made it hard for us to come back into the match but credit to our lads,  we never gave up and just kept doing our best to get back into the game. 

There were stages of that match where it was very encouraging for us, we started well and we had a couple of chances in the second-half but its about timing of goals at this level and our consolation came too late for us.

We must be pleased with our response against a side who are top of the league and we were disappointed after to have been on the end of a 2-1 defeat as we wanted to get something out of that game. We gave a very good account of ourselves and to perform to the standard that we did against such a quality side is something we can be pleased about, but we have to perform to that level on a regular basis in this league.

Just over a week ago we went to West Bromwich Albion and once again I was happy to chip in with another goal but it is about the result and from a personal point of view I saw it as two points dropped.

We were very much in control of the game and unfortunately we were guilty of letting it slip. As television replays showed there was definite contact on Julian as he challenged for the ball in the move that led to their first goal but it wasn't given and as enraged as you are to see a teammate dealt with like that you have to carry on and put it behind you.

As well as the two first-half goals we also had other chances in the  second-half and we should have been a little more clinical, but having said that we still came away with a point and now need to build on that performance.

It is about being disciplined for the whole 90 minutes because at any given time in the game something can happen that can go against you. It is about having the right mentality because everyone needs to be focused and ready for whatever situation arises during the match.

Tonight we have the world watching us against Sunderland. After being on our travels last week everyone will be looking forward to playing back at home. In addition to the great atmosphere here, I think under lights it gets cranked up a little bit more and I know that will be the case once again tonight.

We welcome tonight's opponents but as always its about our performance and delivering for a sustained period during the game, and being clinical with our chances so we can show everyone watching tonight what this club is about.

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