Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak is hoping that it’s third time lucky for the Eagles players as they return to action after the international break tonight.
Palace host Sunderland at Selhurst Park, looking to make a big improvement on the first game from the last two international weeks – when the Londoners lost at home to Manchester City and West Ham.
Jedinak, back from a long trip east to tackle Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh in Australia’s Asian Cup qualification campaign, said: “We’re looking forward to getting back into action and hopefully I’ll be able to play my part as well.
“There’s a lot of games ahead of us in the coming weeks and the Christmas period is on the horizon too so everyone is going to have to be ready when called upon.
“After the two international breaks this season we’ve had a poor result so it’s a must to turn that around in order to keep the momentum going.”
“You need to keep a bit of consistency for as long as possible, so we have to try to step things up in that respect and getting the right result against Sunderland will help us to do that.”
Palace were 2-1 winners at Liverpool in their last outing, so confidence is high.
Midfielder Jedinak added in tonight’s Palace matchday programme: “Regardless of the win at Liverpool, the boys will be confident because they’re always pretty confident. There are a lot of strong characters in our dressing room and even when it’s low they’re pulling everyone else along.”
Jedinak also has revenge on his mind, recalling the dismal performance put up by Palace in last November’s 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland.
The Australian commented: “The last time we played them at home wasn’t the best night for us, or for myself personally, but we got a great result when we played them at the Stadium of Light in April (4-1 Palace victory).
“They’re a team that will be desperate to get something. so they’ll come here ready to go and hopefully we’ll be on our game to not only counteract them, but take it to them with a purpose.”