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Captain's Comments: West Bromwich Albion

2 October 2015

Read the skipper's latest programme notes ahead of tomorrow's early Premier League kick off against West Bromwich Albion.

The Charlton game was an emphatic win so that was a case of job done. We move on and look forward to the next stage of the competition which is a tricky prospect with an away trip to Manchester City. However it’s a cup tie and anything can happen. We have to go in there with the same confidence that we’ve shown throughout this season playing against some of the big teams away from home.

We knew that at some point we’d have to face someone perceived as bigger than us away from home, and we’ve got that now but we need to counter that and use it to our advantage.

Last Sunday saw us beat Watford and there’s no better way to bounce back after a couple of narrow defeats. It was tough but it was a typical Palace grinding performance – we dug in deep at times and there was tremendous courage shown by the boys. It was important that we got the win to help steady the ship.

The injury is coming along, I think it’ll be a bit too early this week but if all goes well then it shouldn’t be too long after that. I’m just ticking all the boxes to get to the point where I’m able to join the team and put my hand up for selection but I’m working hard on getting myself right and hopefully it’s sooner rather than later that I’ll be back in action.

It’s been a shame not to be able to play for Palace recently but next week I’ll also be missing for Australia too.

We’ve got a game against Jordan which is a qualifier away from home which is probably the trickiest task in our group as along with us they have the most points at the moment. It’ll be a very hostile atmosphere but we have the experience within the group to handle that now as we’ve been to a few of these places before, and so I’m confident they’ll be right up to the task.

It would be great to go into the international break with a win today. It puts everyone in good spirits and the confidence remains in the air around the club and it’s nice to be around that kind of atmosphere.

It didn’t really work in our favour when we got back from the break after the Chelsea game but you normally try to pick up where you left off when you get back, but we’ll still have to roll our sleeves up today and show West Brom all the respect for what they’ve done already this season.

We know that they’ll be a solid unit who are hard to break down defensively, and they’ll be hurting after losing after leading by two goals at home against Everton on Monday.

We’ll have to guard against that and make sure it’s us celebrating at the end of the game to keep our impressive start to the season going.

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