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Captain's Comments: Chelsea

17 October 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 Chelsea.

Our last game against Hull City was disappointing all round but for me the most frustrating thing on the day was that we created some really good openings but we were just missing that final pass or a little bit of composure and so we weren't able to capitalise on any of them. 

After the game we weren't too happy about giving up the two goals as well, particularly because we've been trying to keep things tight at the back, especially away from home. They had a little bit of fortune and were able to take the chances and we weren't, however I didn't think there was that much in the game to be honest.

The international break probably came at the right time and I've been away with Australia in the Middle East. I enjoyed the trip which saw us play games in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar and both were great in helping us to prepare for the Asian Cup which is coming up in January.

I think the games went alright, we drew 0-0 with the UAE before losing 1-0 to Qatar so we were a little disappointed with the results but I think the way we played was encouraging. We got the chance to blood a couple more players and some others got additional valuable experience which is great because the national team are in a little bit of a transitional phase.

It's been drilled into us that every game and training session is vital because you don't have a lot of time together to prepare, so these are the type of opponents that we might have to emulate come tournament time.

I got back in London on Wednesday and couldn't wait to get stuck in again because we've got a big task against Chelsea. I think all the players are looking forward to it as there's no better game to come back to after some time away.

We're facing such a big team at the top of the table and we know we're going to be up against it, so we're under no illusions but we'll give it our all, particularly in front of our own fans and we know what they're going to be like.

We as players have to deliver on the pitch but it would be great if the atmosphere is ramped up right from the kick-off and I have no doubt that that's going to happen. Our fans never seem to disappoint, in fact they always seem to get better on the decibel side of things so I think if we get off to a positive start then I'm sure that everyone will get behind us.

It was also nice to be recognised by the Premier League and be nominated for Player of the Month award for September. I personally had a good month by scoring twice, but it meant more to me that the team had a good month which resulted in the gaffer also being nominated for the Manager of the Month award. It's great that the team are being recognised for their efforts already this season, and hopefully there will be more.

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