Eagles skipper takes plenty of positives from Tottenham display
CRYSTAL Palace captain Mile Jedinak has urged his side to take the positives from their narrow loss at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur as Premier League football returned south of the river on Sunday.
Playing their first game in the top flight of English football for eight years, Palace defended valiantly against a Spurs side bristling with attacking options after a £60m summer spending spree.
However, the hosts were undone five minutes after the break when Dean Moxey handled in the area to concede a 50th minute penalty.
Spurs’ £26m record signing Roberto Soldado coolly slotted home the spot-kick but the Eagles stayed in the game and could have equalised with late chances falling to Damian Delaney and Kagisho Dikgacoi.
And Jedinak believes his side deserved something and challenged his team-mates to build on the performance as they embark on a tough battle to maintain their Premier League status.
He said: “It’s a little bit harsh to be honest to lose on a penalty, but we have just got to deal with it.
“We gave a good account of ourselves today and were unfortunate it didn’t go our way.
“I thought we started OK but the boys are getting used to the tempo and were maybe a little bit anxious.
“But I thought we handled ourselves and the occasion really well and we can certainly build on this and push on for the rest of the season.
“Overall, the manager was pretty proud.
“Obviously he is a little disappointed about conceding the way we did, and he felt the penalty was a bit harsh, but it was given and you can’t do much about it.
“We have got a long season ahead and have to move on.”
Last year’s player of the season impressed on his Premier League debut, putting in a man of the match display in the centre of midfield.
And while disappointed with the result, the 29-year-old was pleased with his performance after such a long build up to the season.
The Australian international said: “It was good to get this one out of the way to be honest and I was happy with my performance but we didn’t get anything from the game today.
“We have got to move on and the sooner we put that behind us, the better, although I think we can take a lot from this performance today.”
Palace’s ability to push on in the coming weeks may depend on how quickly Ian Holloway’s summer recruits are able to settle, especially the likes of Jose Campana, Marouane Chamakh and Florian Marange, who also have the language barrier to contend with.
But Jedinak believes that the squad are doing everything possible to help the new recruits settle and thrive in south-east London.
He explained: “It is a matter of integration because we have got a lot of new faces in the dressing room.
“It’s coming along really well and the boys are making them feel as comfortable as possible as quickly as possible.
“Obviously everyone takes time to settle and we hope they can do that because we want to see the best out of them on the pitch and I’m sure we will see that.”
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