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Stoke replay holds no fears for Eagles midfielder
MILE Jedinak believes Crystal Palace have nothing to fear going into next Tuesday’s FA Cup third round replay at Premier League Stoke City.
There was nothing to separate the two sides in Saturday’s scoreless third round encounter at Selhurst Park, although Palace probably created the better of what few chances there were.
With an impressive home record at the Britannia, Stoke will be strong favourites to overcome their Championship opponents in the replay and secure a glamour home tie with Premier League champions Manchester City.
But midfielder Jedinak is looking forward to the rematch and sees no reason why the Eagles can’t cause an upset.
“I don’t see why not,” the Australian said.
“We’ve got a bit of confidence around the place, we are playing with that confidence at the minute.
“We know it is going to be a difficult game.
“They’ve got a great record at home in the Premier League so we are not going to kid ourselves, we know it is going to be a tough game but I think we will take a lot of confidence from this game.
“Would we like an extra game?
“Probably not but we’ve got it so we’ve just got to deal with it.”
Having shaded Saturday’s encounter without making the crucial breakthrough, Jedinak also denied there was a sense of disappointment in the dressing room not to have won the game.
“I wouldn’t call it disappointment,” he explained.
“Obviously we knew it was going to be a tough game against Premier League opposition but I think overall we are pretty happy with the display.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t get that goal but that is just the way it goes.
“We had a few changes. We were just unlucky in that final third not to test the keeper properly a bit more.”
With promotion to the top flight Palace’s number one priority this season, Saturday’s meeting with Stoke was also a chance to see what the future might hold should Ian Holloway’s side make the step up.
But Jedinak was unsure afterwards whether there was a big difference in tempo between the Championship and Premier League based on what had unfolded during the previous 90 minutes against the Potters.
He said: “It is hard to say.
“Obviously we’ve got the utmost respect for Stoke City but we try to focus on ourselves.
“We knew that being at home we were always going to start strong, we did that I thought and tried to play at our tempo.
“Whether that is quicker or slower than what we are used to it is hard to say after just one game, especially after this hectic period.
“But I think overall we are happy and I thought the boys got through it, even the guys who hadn’t played did really well.
“Every game is difficult and you’ve got to treat the opposition with respect, but in saying that you can’t stray away from what you believe in and your philosophy of football.
“It was no different today, we set out with a game plan and I thought we executed it quite well.
“In the final third we probably didn’t make the right decisions at the right times when we could have crossed or whatever but that is football.”
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