Firstly, Happy New Year to everyone – I hope you’ve all had a great festive break and I’m pleased we managed to remain undefeated over the Christmas period.
For me personally it was a great few days. Christmas is always busy for us as players but you know in advance how hectic the schedule is so you’ve got to do your best to make the maximum of the time that you have with your family. After that we went into training on Christmas Day and then travelled down to Bournemouth and the result in that game meant it was a good Christmas.
It was good to get back on the pitch playing again at the Vitality Stadium. I was happy that we saw the job through and I felt we were a little bit unfortunate not to get any more points out of that game. A couple of days later I ended up playing the whole 90 minutes against Swansea which was great, especially as it was at Selhurst and I got to see everyone there and play in front of the home fans at this time of year which was a real joy.
Although the results were the same they were very different games to play in. We’re like any other group, we want to be on top of most games but it doesn’t always work out that way and if we have a slightly off game then we don’t want to give the opposition anything, so it’s pleasing we didn’t do that in both matches. It’s great to keep the momentum going because we’re in a good place at the moment, and hopefully that’ll continue starting tomorrow.
We’re going into this game against Chelsea with confidence from the recent results as well as the memories of beating them at Stamford Bridge back in August. They’ve changed managers since then but I think the last five or six times we’ve played them we’ve always given them a good game - I don’t quite know why that is but we always seem to give a good account of ourselves.
Hopefully tomorrow is not going to be any different and everyone should take a lot from beating them on their own patch, but it’s a new game and plenty of time has passed since then. We know that they’ll be coming to Selhurst trying to turn us over so we’ll have to bring our A game, which goes without saying.
We’ve got some big players missing through injury and suspension which is always going to make things tougher, especially a player like Yohan who has played most of the games so far this season, but it gives someone else the chance to stake a claim, get some minutes under their belt and hopefully help his team get across the line and help us get the three points and extend our unbeaten run.
If 2016 is anything like 2015 then it should be a great year for the football club. I want us to continue to push on and grow, and keep taking these small steps in the right direction well into 2016 and beyond.