Mile Jedinak brings us his first column of the season from the matchday programme as he writes his captain's comments for the game against Arsenal.
Despite it seeming like only a few weeks ago that we were here against Swansea City in May, I’ d like to welcome everyone back to Selhurst Park for the first time this campaign.
It’s come around quick enough and the summer break has been and gone but since I’ve been back at the club everyone seems pretty positive.
As well as enjoying a bit of a break away from football I also played for Australia, as believe it or not, we had our first 2018 World Cup qualifier in June but it was great to get a victory against Kyrgyzstan and get our qualification campaign off to the best possible start.
We returned to pre-season training at the start of July and after a couple of friendlies the squad travelled to South Africa for the Cape Town Cup which proved to be a great trip.
We used the time there to get to know each other away from the field and put in some quality work on the training pitch with the coaching staff, and the two games we played out there against Supersport United and Sporting Lisbon were very useful in our preparations.
We had a great time in a great city and lovely country and I think everybody walked away from there with plenty of fond memories, and I would definitely like to go back there some day.
It’s been quite a busy transfer window for us so far this summer and as the new guys have come in we’ve tried to make them feel welcome and make things as easy as possible so we can get the best out of them on the pitch.
I’ve been really impressed by their application during training, in games and around the place in general and I think they’ll all make a big contribution.
That began last weekend and we have said that the start of the season is very important for us so it was great to get a victory up at Norwich.
We weathered the storm during the first 20 minutes before we grew into the game and it was a clinical display from us to score three good goals. We didn’t panic when we were under pressure after conceding and I have to praise the boys for keeping their heads up and managing the game accordingly.
I didn’t start the game at Carrow Road but it was great to play some role after I came off the bench and I’m really pleased we got the job done.
Today sees Arsenal come to Selhurst for our first home game. We don’t have the best of records against them in recent seasons but it’s going to be an interesting game. They lost their first game and will want to rectify things quickly, whereas we will try and build on what we did against Norwich, especially in front of our home fans and put our home form right.
It’ll be great to feel everyone’s energy today and with the game being on TV we know that our supporters are going to be very loud and proud, so hopefully we can put in a performance to allow you all to go home happy at the final whistle.