Having spent a week away with the Australian national team last week, it's been great to get some games under my belt.
Obviously I haven't played for Palace in a few weeks so I was really happy to get out there for my country and get some valuable minutes under my belt.
Having won the Asian Cup last time we were together, it was great to see most of the lads who played in the tournament as well as a few new faces as well. It's always great to be in camp but this time there was a great buzz around the place which was important as it's not very often you get to experience moments like this, plus playing games in Europe, including one against the world champions, was great for everyone involved.
I think against Germany we didn't do ourselves any harm as we earned a 1-1 draw. We gave it a really good go and that's what we set out to do. I don't think we surprised ourselves but we really stuck it to them and we were probably unlucky not to get the win.
We followed that up with a slightly disappointing 0-0 draw with Macedonia which was frustrating on the balance of play. It was literally very different to the Germany game in terms of the pitch quality and things like that, but they were very resilient and we were just unable to break them down. All in all, you take the positives out of that one and it's going to be something that we need to learn from going forward.
With the final international break out of the way this season we can now look forward to the final eight games of the Premier League campaign, starting tonight against Manchester City. It's going to be a tough game as they're the reigning champions and they're going for the title again this year.
Here last year they got two early goals and pretty much saw the game off, so hopefully we will try and learn from that and stay in the game as long as possible. On the flip side we need to exploit some of their frailties, if there are any, but being at home we have every opportunity with the support we've been getting.
We have to play four top teams going for the title and Champions League places over the final few weeks and as a player it's exciting to be involved in the end of season shake-up. You want to play against the best teams all the time, and as players we want to season to end in a positive way and what better way than to play some of the big names.
After tonight's game I hope to play a part against Sunderland on Saturday as it feels like forever since I last played for Palace, more so at Selhurst as my last game there was on Boxing Day. It does seem like an eternity but I know that it's not too long away and I'm hoping to play a role in some of the games to come.