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 Tottenham Hotspur
Despite not being able to play, I was at the Leicester game which was a tough one for us, especially after the shift the lads put in to beat Arsenal. We fell two goals behind and it looked as though we were going to come away with nothing, but we showed our fighting spirit and got ourselves back into the game and on the whole, I think we probably deserved to win.
The belief to fight back probably comes from the confidence gained from three or four wins on the bounce. When you’ve been used to winning you tend not to panic when you go a goal behind and you work yourself back into the game. We needed a big performance against Leicester to turn that around, and it’s good that we’ve got an important point by doing that.
It was obviously disappointing for me to miss the trip to Liverpool last weekend; that is one of the games I always look for at the start of the season. However, it was fantastic that we registered a third win in a row at Anfield which is a massive achievement. We put in another really good performance and restricted them to few chances, and we defended well as a team and were clinical in attack.
I’m not too surprised we’ve been so successful there recently because we’ve got the players to hit teams like that on the break when they have the majority of possession. Players such as Wilf and Andros can get us up the pitch quickly when they’ve got too many bodies forward, and we’ve done that over the last three years.
I’m really delighted for Christian to go back to Anfield and prove a few doubters wrong. He’s come into some really good goalscoring form at the perfect time for us. I think maybe six or seven weeks ago he just needed a couple of goals to get back scoring again, and thankfully he did that.
I have to also give some credit to Martin Kelly who has been excellent lately, and he played really well again on Sunday. He’s taken to that position like he’s been playing there for a long time and hopefully he can carry that on; he’s a great lad in the dressing room and can play in so many positions. Centre-back is his preferred position and if he can keep playing like that, then the manager might see his future there.
We’ve picked up some massive results recently so we’re looking forward to the challenge that Tottenham will bring this evening. No-one expected us to pick up many points from our games with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, so there’s no reason why we can’t beat Spurs too.
If we can keep performing the way we have of late, then I'm sure we can pick up another really positive result in front of our home fans.