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Captain's Comments: Aston Villa

21 August 2015

We bring you Mile Jedinak's matchday programme column from Saturday's edition against Aston Villa. The captain's comments look back on the first home game of the season and his views on the visit of Tim Sherwood's side.  

Last weekend saw us fall to defeat against Arsenal but despite the scoreline I think the boys put in a very good account of themselves.

We expected a reaction from Arsenal after their opening day defeat and that’s what we got, especially in the first half. However when you look at the balance of play throughout the whole game it felt like we were unfortunate but we know that can happen at this level.

In the changing room after the game we were a little bit disappointed with the result but I think the performance we put in collectively meant that on another day we might have got something out of the game, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

However the willingness everyone showed when we went down and then got ourselves back into the match was superb, and even after we went behind again there was plenty of fight and determination to go and push and try and get something out of the game by throwing caution to the wind. We went for it but just came up short but on another day we could have gotten something out of that game against a team who will be right up there this season.

It helps when players are chipping in from all areas of the field and Wardy hit a great strike and scored a great goal, and he was unlucky not to get another when his header was saved by Petr Cech. All in all I think everyone would take a lot of positives from the game and take them forward into today.

We welcome Aston Villa to Selhurst Park who like us enjoyed a victory against Bournemouth in their first game, which is a good result as I think that’s going to be a tricky trip this season for a lot of teams.

I watched Villa last week against Manchester United and you could see that they have a lot of pace and power and like to get around the ball, so we’re going to have to be up for it and try and deal with their threat while imposing ourselves on them.

They’ve brought in a lot of players during the summer, some of which are an unknown quantity but we’ve got a good scouting network and all the homework will have been done. A lot of the games abroad are televised and we manage to get clips on opposition players so I’d like to think we’ll be well prepared on that aspect.

We’re two weeks in now and it’s good to be back in the Premier League swing of things, and as a group we’re looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

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