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 Leicester City.
It was a fantastic night last Friday when we beat Reading to book our spot at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final, as we fully deserved to progress on the night.
It was key for us to be disciplined throughout the game and we showed great patience to grind them down. We had a lot of opportunities and were good going forward which made for a fantastic game, and the opposition played their part in that too. We persisted and our quality came to the fore, and eventually we got our reward even though the goals came later than we wanted.
That meant there were plenty of happy faces in the changing room afterwards as we were delighted to get another chance to go to Wembley. This season we aimed to go as far as we possibly could in the competition, so to now have the opportunity to play in a semi-final is very pleasing.
It feels a little like destiny that we’ve been drawn against Watford again. Last time we went to Wembley as a football club was to play against them and we all know how that day went, but things have changed a lot since then and it’ll be a great day out for both sets of fans and both teams.
These opportunities don’t come around very often. I was lucky enough to be involved with this club when we got to the League Cup semi-final against Cardiff four years ago which was great but that was over two legs at our own grounds, so this will be a bit more special as it’s always great to play at such a fantastic stadium like Wembley.
Throughout the cup run we’ve treated every game the right way but in these knockout ties it’s all about getting the result that you need to progress. Obviously when you look at our results during 2016 we’ve won four times in the cup but not at all in the league, which might look from the outside that we approach games differently depending on what competition they’re in, but that’s not the case.
There would be no better way to get back on track than by beating Leicester. They’ve been a great story and it’s amazing to see them challenging for the Premier League title; you can see their togetherness and that they’re led well. They went a little bit under the radar for a while but they managed to keep at it and it’s great to see them being taken seriously now.
Their success this season is something that not just teams in the Premier League, but clubs around the world can take some inspiration from in the future, and it’s something I’ll take some hope from going forward.
It’s nice admiring from afar but we need to go out there and do the business. It’s going to be a difficult game and we’ll be doing everything we can to try and stop them and impose ourselves on the match to get the league victory we’ve been looking for.
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