Even though I couldn't get out onto the pitch for the Newcastle United game in midweek, I took my place in the stand to get a good view of how the boys got on.
I thought it was good to see how we took the game to them, we controlled large portions of it and I felt were a bit unfortunate not to take all three points but considering how it panned out you'd take a point as it was important not to lose.
Even though we were losing, it helps that there's so much firepower on the bench at the manager's disposal if he needs to use it, which helped us with Fraizer and Yannick combining to score our goal. The strength of our substitutes is something that is quite evident, I was actually speaking to Paddy McCarthy about it in the stand before the game. There's so many options there that there were a couple of lads on there who didn't even make it on, which is very encouraging for the team.
It was also enjoyable to be back at Selhurst Park and take in the atmosphere. It was awesome and having been away for a few weeks it was great to experience again; it'll feel even more special when I get the chance to play again. The supporters were fantastic, they looked great and didn't stop singing which is what we've come to expect now – we're a little bit spoilt by that really.
We're progressing nicely in the FA Cup now and for me, despite not being from these shores, it still holds a special place. They used to show the final every year in Australia on television and it always had a big build up as it was one of the only games that they used to show live, so it sticks out when I think of English football.
We, as players, know all about the history of the competition but we're at a stage where we're facing one of the top quality sides in this country. We're at home on our patch and we've made a good go of it against them here over the past couple of seasons.
We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves when we think about how far we could go in the competition, it's important to take it one game at a time. It must be exciting as a fan seeing the teams left in it but rest assured that our focus isn't on that, it's on Liverpool which will be a huge challenge in itself.
Since I've been back the mood in the camp is very positive, the boys have had a few games since I've been back so I haven't been around them an awful lot but you get a good sense around the place straight away so I'm happy to be back and a part of it again.