Before each home game, Eagles skipper Mile Jedinak takes us inside the dressing room and gives an insight into what he's been up to ahead of matchday in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of tonight's game against Everton.
It was a massive relief to get the win on Saturday against Norwich City and it was great that we managed to get back to winning ways.
It was all about getting an important three points under our belts for the first time in 2016. Both teams were fighting for a huge win and the way things panned out it had that feeling about it but from our point of view I thought we handled the game reasonably well.
We started positively and maintained that throughout, and even when we didn’t get the goal we stuck to our task and addressed what we had to at half-time.
We said that if we kept a clean sheet that we’d probably go on to win the game and that’s how things panned out. It’s great that Punch managed to get his first goal of the season – he’ll say himself it was well overdue but it’s come at a very important time for us so we’re pleased he came up with the goods.
It was nice to see his emotions after scoring. Everyone was riding all sorts of emotions during the game, but having been out for a while, not scoring this season and our form in the league recently, it probably all came flooding out of him at that moment which can happen.
It reflected just how much it meant to us that we haven’t picked up enough points recently, and rest assured it meant a lot to everyone else including the guys on the bench, out of the squad and the staff behind the scenes.
The dressing room wasn’t exactly rocking afterwards; we were pleased with the result in tough circumstances but we knew that tonight’s game was quickly on the horizon and we had to keep our heads screwed on. This match is going to be just as vital and hopefully we can take another step in the right direction up the table with a positive result tonight.
We’re certainly going into this one with a lot more confidence and that’s what three points can do for you. How much more confident we are, we’ll have to wait and see, but that win against Norwich will stand us in good stead for the coming weeks ahead of a big few games for this football club the league and the FA Cup.
These are my last programme notes before the semi-final against Watford and I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be a pretty special day and one we haven’t had in our history too many times but it’s a huge opportunity for us to try and achieve something very special indeed.
It’s a game that all the players, staff, management and fans are all excited for. It’ll be great to see all you guys there in the stands supporting the team and I’m sure you’ll play your part in a wonderful occasion. That was certainly the case three years ago when we were last there against the same opponents, and hopefully we’ll be able to give you a similar outcome as we did that day.
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