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Jedinak Evaluates Opening Day Defeat

13 August 2016

After seeing his side fall to a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in their opening Premier League game of the season, Eagles midfielder Mile Jedinak believes that giving away too many free-kicks and corners ultimately punished Palace.

It was from a free-kick that Salomon Rondon scored the game's only goal, and having worked under Tony Pulis before, Jedinak feels that the Baggies were well-equipped to find a route through to goal that way.

"There weren't too many chances in the game but we had a good one in the second half with Wilfried and he was unlucky as the goalkeeper pulled off a good save," the Aussie said post-match.

"Then again you know that if you give too many set-pieces away that that's what they bank on, and they took their opportunity and have seen the game out. It's disappointing to start the season the way that we played."

A hard-fought encounter saw little separate the sides over the course of the game, but Jedinak feels that the visitors managed to nullify the attacking threat of Zaha, new signing Andros Townsend and co, which ensured that the opening day would bring little cheer to those inside Selhurst Park.

"It was a tough game and know what to expect from West Brom," he continued. "They're always going to throw themselves about, not only in the middle but over the whole pitch and they didn't disappoint in that regard. 

"We had to counteract that and try and play through them, and we did that well in patches but probably not enough over the 90 minutes and that's why the result was what it was.

"The manager is encouraging us to play out from the back and through the lines, and if it's on to play long balls to Connor or to the wingers.

"We knew that they like to squeeze the pitch so today we tried to get it out as quick as possible to the wide men and try and isolate their full-backs one-one-one, which we did OK but they're well drilled and they doubled up on our wingers quite a lot."

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