After picking up an injury in our last home game we get the latest from captain, Mile Jedinak, as we bring you his programme notes.
The past few weeks have been frustrating ones after I came off against Shrewsbury Town in our Capital One Cup win last time we were at Selhurst.
I picked up a minor hamstring injury in that game, nothing too serious but it was unfortunate timing with the international games and the Chelsea match coming up, but it’s something you have to be aware of and give it respect. You need to tick all the boxes to get back fit and that’s what I’m in the process of doing.
I’m pretty close to a return at this stage and with the international break I’ve had the last two weeks to knuckle down and get myself alright. It’s looking pretty good; when I’ll be back I’m not too sure but hopefully it’s not going to be too long.
It was a real shame to miss the Chelsea result as it was probably our best performance for a long time. It was great that we finally did a job on them over there after being so close a couple of times and we’ll take a lot of heart from that result.
All the boys were out to win the game and that was great to see because when you go to places like Stamford Bridge that’s how you’ve got to be; all thinking in the same capacity that you can win the game to get a result like that.
It’s one of the best results we’ve achieved since I’ve been here, especially when it comes to away performances, and we’ve raised expectations so people probably aren’t as shocked when we pick up these kind of results now. We’re pushing ourselves as a group to make sure that these sorts of situations aren’t one offs and we can maintain a high standard.
Another tough test lies ahead of us with table-topping Manchester City heading to Selhurst Park this afternoon. Getting back in front of our fans is going to be awesome and I’m sure they’re going to be right up for it, as we will.
We’re all looking forward to the challenge of a first v second clash – it’s great to be in that position but we know it is early doors and we aren’t getting too carried away with that.
We’ve been given this opportunity and we’re relishing it and the boys will be giving it everything they have today.
We’ve also seen Glenn Murray depart over the past few weeks and he leaves us with the whole squad’s well wishes. Glenn has achieved plenty for this football club and he is a great personality to have in the changing room and a great character. He will be sorely missed, he’s personally given me a lot in football and he’ll do well at Bournemouth – just hopefully not against us!