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 in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of tomorrow's game against Manchester United.
The boys are hurting after successive defeats; it’s never nice to lose games especially back-to-back, so we’re trying to put things right.
For us it’s all about trying to stay in a positive state of mind in order to get back to winning ways, and we’ve done that already this season when the boys showed a lot of character. We know we’re going to go through sticky periods and it’s up to us as a group to overcome it.
We need to stick with what we’re doing and hopefully that will help us get over this spell, and when you look at this group you’d have to say it will happen again.
We’ve been unlucky at some moments in the past few games and that seems to happen when things aren’t going our way. We know we’ve got our work cut out but we’ll try to rectify the results from the last couple of weeks, starting today.
From a personal point of view it was good to take to the field against West Ham and Leicester from the bench but it was also great for me to get a full 90 minutes under my belt against Manchester City on Wednesday night. Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted but I was happy to come through that unscathed. I’m beginning to build towards a run of games and hopefully I’ll have more opportunities in the future.
Looking back at that game, if you put the result aside I felt that in the first half we had a few moments where if we had taken our opportunities then it could have been a different story. Against a team like that you’re not going to get too many and we carved a couple out which we didn’t take, and they were able to score the ones that they were given.
In the second half we went for it a little bit more to try and get a goal that would get us back into the game but we left ourselves a little bit exposed at the back which led to them scoring a few more, but that’s something we’ve got to learn from going forward.
I was told after the game that it was my 150th appearance for Palace so it wasn’t the nicest way to celebrate the milestone but it‘s still very nice to have achieved that and I’m very proud.
This is the last home game before the international break and I’ve been called up for the Australia squad for our World Cup qualifiers against Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh. It’ll be nice to be involved in a different environment and it’ll be the first time I’ve linked up with the national squad since June so I’m looking forward to that, and hopefully I can play my part in a couple of important games for us and get what we want out of them.
Before then we’ve obviously got a huge game today against Manchester United. We’re going to have our work cut out but saying that we are at home and we’ll want to put things right.
We need to change our form around and we always look forward to the big teams coming to Selhurst Park. I’m sure everyone is preparing themselves for that and we all remember what happened last time, so we all want to put in a great performance.
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