Before each home game, Eagles skipper Scott Dann previews his side's upcoming match in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of the game against Stoke City.
It seems a long time ago that we were last in action here at Selhurst, but it was a relief to get the last-gasp equaliser against Bournemouth.
With the way we dominated in the second half, we definitely deserved one goal but I thought we also should have had the three points, but to get the first one on the board was a big relief.
It was definitely one of the best goals I’ve scored, and although it is still early in the season I think it could be one of the most important, as after having no points following the first few games, we found ourselves a goal down again going into the international break. If we had lost that one then it could have been a different couple of weeks.
That result though gave us confidence which we took into the Middlesbrough game. We got the early goal and then maybe backed off a little, and looking back we would have liked to keep the pressure on and get another goal, but away from home you can’t control the full 90 minutes. We conceded an equaliser but after the break we got another, and towards the end we showed that our character is still there as we needed to dig in, and we were delighted to get the first win.
Now the pressure is off us a little bit, we need to keep performing like we did for the majority of that game. We have four games in quick succession starting this afternoon, and it gives us an opportunity to put a run together.
We’ve seen a couple of new arrivals come into the club recently in Loic Remy and Mathieu Flamini. They have been at top clubs and are proven players, which is the kind that we want to be bringing into the club.
The manager and the chairman have been trying to add not just numbers but quality players who have played at a higher level than where we have been at over the last couple of years. It was unfortunate that Loic got injured in training because before that he looked really sharp and it was getting quite exciting as our strikeforce was looking particularly strong.
Mathieu meanwhile has been at Arsenal and AC Milan and brings plenty of experience and know-how to our midfield, which was an area where we were probably a little bit short after losing Mile, so hopefully now the window has closed and everyone has settled down, we can work hard in training and push on.
Last weekend we got the horrible news that Pape had been involved in a serious car crash and had been taken to hospital. I went to visit him this week and he was pretty banged up but in good spirits and thankful that he had come out of it the other side.
He’s had his operation now and can rest up, and hopefully he will come back stronger. I know all the lads would like to wish him a speedy recovery and we’re all looking forward to seeing him again soon.
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