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 tomorrow's game against Watford.
It was brilliant to finally pick up a point once again at Swansea City having been stuck on the 31 mark for quite a while.
Ideally we set out to get the three points but they managed to score a goal and we were up against it. We came out in the second half, got on the front foot and were handed our reward in terms of a goal, then kicked on to get another one, but after that we expected the response from Swansea and I thought we defended it pretty well.
There was a sense of relief at the final whistle because when you have been on a bad run you’re only one result from turning it around. I know the boys have been working their backsides off throughout this period to get us back on track, so hopefully that point has put us back in the right direction and we definitely felt positive afterwards.
Scott Dann got on the scoresheet again and he’s been exceptional in front of goal from set-pieces. He’s got a really good knack at sniffing out a goal and he’s become our biggest threat from those positions, but he’ll be more pleased with how we defended as a group at Swansea. When we were having difficulties in terms of how they’d set out, we managed to rectify that and began to look comfortable.
It was also great to see Hiram Boateng get a Premier League game. H is a kid with tremendous talent and I’ve seen him come up through the ranks. He was thrust into the first-team environment at a very young age, and six months ago he was doing very good things on loan which was very satisfying to see, but now he’s come back and replicated that confidence of being around a first-team environment and has been given his rewards.
It came through a little bit of fortune with a few injuries but he’s been put there because he deserved it and I’m over the moon for him. Hopefully now he’s got that taste and can keep pushing everyone else around him to do the same thing and get even further.
Watford coming here tomorrow instantly whips up memories of my best day at the club back at Wembley in 2013 which was the last time I played them, so for me it’s going to stir up very fond memories.
It’s great to see them doing so well in their first season back; they’ve even got some of the boys left who played against us that day so it’s also nice to see them get their opportunity in the Premier League. It’s given me plenty of pleasure to see that.
We’re desperate to get back to winning ways and three points would mean a lot for the boys, management and fans. We all know the importance of a win at this level and there’s no better time to do it than in this game. It’s on our own patch and we know we need to keep improving our results at home, and that starts tomorrow afternoon.
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