Palace skipper impressed by resolve in Sunderland win
CRYSTAL Palace captain Mile Jedinak has heaped praise on his side after the Eagles recorded their first win of the season against Sunderland at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles took the lead early on through Danny Gabbidon but Sunderland levelled midway through the second half and it looked like Ian Holloway’s side would have to settle for a point but his side rallied late on to wrap up the three points.
Dwight Gayle was felled in the box, John O’Shea was shown red and Gayle himself took the penalty to put Palace 2-1 up.
And victory was ensured in the closing stages when Stuart O’Keefe scored his first ever senior goal with a beautifully flighted curling effort.
There is now a two-week international break and Jedinak believes it was crucial to go into it on a high.
He said: “It’s always good to get on the board before a little break, it means the lads can be at ease a bit but there will also be a lot of preparation work going in on the training ground for the upcoming games.
“We did things really well today as a unit.
“The way we broke and passed through them was excellent and is certainly something we can build on going into a tough schedule of games.
Australian international Jedinak credited Palace’s never say die attitude for the way they battled back from the disappointment of Steven Fletcher’s equaliser.
And the skipper is sure Ian Holloway’s side will have to tap into the experience they gained from battling adversity last season if they are to succeed this year.
He explained: “We controlled the game really well and even though we did concede, we showed great character and regained the lead and were comfortable after that.
“I knew there was a lot of time left and we’ve got that never say die attitude.
“I don’t want to dwell on last year, but we showed on enough occasions we have a really strong mentality and you can see that from the number of times we came from behind.
“We all know we are going to have to dig deep and find those levels of determination a lot this season.
“But if we carry on like today, then I’m confident we can do that.”
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