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Captain's Comments - Leicester City

14 April 2017

Before each home game, Eagles skipper Scott Dann previews his side's upcoming match in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of the visit of Leicester City.

As I’m still on crutches, I thought I’d stay at home and watch the Arsenal game on TV last Monday night, but I wish I had gone now!

Things are going well injury-wise – I started a bit more rehab this week  but hopefully by this weekend I’ll be putting some weight through the leg, so I’m slowly getting there. I’m not a great watcher of games knowing I can’t control things, but when the lads were on it and the goals were going in, I probably got a couple more injuries from celebrating!

It was a great night and when we get enough points to stay up we can look back and say it was one of the best nights of the season. After the slip-up against Southampton, to then play as we did from the first minute to the last meant it was a top performance from everyone involved, and one of the best I’ve seen from Palace since I’ve been here. The atmosphere also came across as amazing; it’s always great but when you get a night game with real importance to it, our fans always stand up to be counted.

I thought it was excellent for Yohan to get on the scoresheet. It was a great goal, but even before that I thought he was playing really well and having a big effect on the game, getting in people’s faces and doing the dirty work which against Arsenal you have to do. 

However, to step up and finish the chance like that meant his goal was thoroughly deserved.

Another positive was Luka getting his first goal. It’s always nice to see a new teammate get off the mark and that penalty will give him even more confidence, especially being able to celebrate in front of the Holmesdale. He has affected every game since he has been at the club and is a massive part of why we’ve turned things around.

Today sees Leicester City come to town and their success last season is still inspirational - for a team of their size and where they had been the season before, it’ll probably never happen again. It was an incredible achievement and they found things tough at the start of this season as the Premier League is unforgiving at times, but they’ve picked up of late and have been on a good run so it’ll be a challenge for us this afternoon. However if we can perform as we did against Arsenal then we’ll be confident that we can get the three points, because if we play like that against anyone we can win.

It is also a chance for us to claim a fourth straight home victory, which is important to us. One of the most disappointing things over the past couple of seasons is that we haven’t been able to pick up too many wins at Selhurst Park, which is a shame as the fans have always been with us and we’ve not repaid you. Therefore, if we could continue our run today, then it’ll feel like we’ve given a little bit back.

Scott Dann.

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