Mile Jedinak was gracious in defeat as he congratulated Manchester United in coming back from a goal down to win the Cup final, but the Palace captain says he couldn’t be prouder of his teammates who gave everything on the pitch.
“I’m proud of my team and my teammates, it’s not easy to take, our players out there gave everything and it’s never easy to be on the losing side after a night like that. We knew we had to try and keep them out for that five minutes after they scored but we didn’t, they got back in and full credit to them for getting back and getting that all important second goal which effectively won them the game.”
Jedinak was in tears at the end of the game when applauding the Eagles fans who had sung their hearts out for the full 120 minutes of football – the red and blue army by far the louder of the two sets of supporters.
“My admiration goes out to the fans, they are the best fans in the country without a doubt, they come and sing and show their support and I urge them to do the same going forward and I’ve no doubt they will. We were buoyed on by such a fantastic crowd and it would have been nice for them (for us to have won it), but we came up short.”
With little time to reflect on what could have been, the captain still believes the team will be able to learn from the experience.
“We have to try and take the positives. It’s still raw and fresh and it will take time until that changes, but hopefully we can use it as motivation going forward.”