Mile Jedinak has admitted that he and his Crystal Palace teammates need to quickly bounce back from their 4-1 defeat to Southampton with an FA Cup final on the horizon in six days’ time.
The Eagles were beaten thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle, Ryan Bertrand and Steven Davis at St Mary’s, with Jason Puncheon finding the net for the visitors who felt harshly done by with a couple of controversial calls not going their way and putting an unfair gloss on the scoreline.
However Jedinak has suggested that the squad need to move on quickly as the focus shifts to the meeting with Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday now the Premier League season has come to a close.
“It’s not the way we wanted to end the campaign at all,” the Palace skipper said post-match. “I don’t think we should have lost 4-1 but it is what it is, and we need to get it out of our system and look forward to the week coming up.
“It was quite tight in the first half and there wasn’t a lot in it, and we were quite comfortable until they got the goal which was our own fault but that can happen from time to time.
“We had a go in the second half but they got a second which looked like a foul but the ref didn’t give it. We had to get on with it and we got it back to 2-1 but then we were unfortunate with the penalty and the last goal.”
Jedinak also rebuked any claims that his side were already thinking about the final, adding: “We knew what was at stake and we couldn’t afford to think about next week because we had to play in an important game today.
“We could have jumped up a couple of spots and that’s what we wanted to do because we knew what it could have meant for the club financially but it wasn’t meant to be. Full credit to Southampton for taking their chances and in the end they got the result they wanted.
“It seems like the season has gone really quick again. It’s been contrasting halves for us between winning lots of games and then not so many but we can look forward to another season in the Premier League first and foremost, and to a big game next week.”