Although injured for the away game against Liverpool earlier in the season, Mile Jedinak has enough experience to know what is required when playing the so called ‘big teams’ in the Premier League, and says Sunday’s meeting of the two sides is a game that excites the players, as opposed to something to be feared.
“Anytime you play a club with a great history like Liverpool it’s always exciting, and it brings out the best of the players. The fact that it’s at Selhurst and because of the recent history between the two clubs, I think the boys will have that in the back of their minds and we’re all just really looking forward to it.”
Sunderland’s late equaliser on Tuesday night took the shine off what would have been a much needed win for the Eagles, but Jedinak doesn't dwell on what could have been, and says the players are now fully focused on the task in hand this weekend.
“Conceding so late was hard but we’ve seen enough positives from the game, especially after going a goal down, to know that we’re in an OK position and we can definitely take a lot of heart from that. It’s about remaining focused in every single game and treating each one in the same way, making sure when it comes to stepping on to the pitch we turn up and do our upmost to win.”
Wary of Liverpool’s attacking threat after their 3-0 thumping against Manchester City in midweek, the captain knows Palace face a side full of confidence who will be hoping to make a late charge up the table.
“We know what they can do and we’ll be studying them before the game. They’ve got a lot of attacking weapons but if we stick to our tasks and are diligent then we’ll have every chance of keeping a clean sheet. We’ll want to express ourselves and get up the other end to try and get some goals, but we’ve got to make sure we stay in the game.”
Talk of the south London side pushing for a place in Europe has died down somewhat since the turn of the year, and Jedinak won’t be drawn on where the Eagles are looking to finish in what has been a unpredictable season for all teams.
“I don’t think right now is the time to get carried away about where we want to finish, it’s about making sure we’re doing enough to win a game of football. We’ve got to remain focused on the job at hand and not get too carried away and get too swept up in the emotion of winning or losing games because it’s going to happen. We’re on a bit of a bad run at the moment that we’re not really enjoying, but you’ve got to understand that’s part and parcel of football and it only makes you stronger on the other side.”