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Mile Jedinak: 'I will make sure everyone at Crystal Palace knows how big Brighton game is'


CURRENT Palace skipper Mile Jedinak says he'll be making sure the players know exactly what to expect when the referee's whistle blows at 3pm.

It's second-versus-seventh as the hottest game of the season is upon us with Brighton & Hove Albion arriving in SE25, and the Australian believes the clean sheet picked up at Hull City will give Palace confidence going into the game.

"I know how big the game is," he told Advertiser Sport. "I've played in a couple and I know how passionate everyone is about it and I'm sure most of the boys do know about it.

"However, for those who don't, I'll be making sure they know. I think everyone will get the vibe and we're expecting it to be a tough game.

"Obviously it's massive for both clubs, but I think if we can put in a performance, then it should be a positive outcome for us.

"We'll take the positives (from Hull), especially from the clean sheet and the test of character, especially in the second half, which was fantastic and really what we needed.

"The way the boys defended was brilliant on the back of the result at Leeds and now we have a massive game against Brighton."

Hull certainly could have been at least two or three goals to the good at half-time at the KC Stadium, but Jedinak was pleased the team managed to stick together to weather the storm, especially through Tigers captain Robert Koren.

"I felt we were a little bit disjointed in the first half, but I felt we held out well," he said.

"In the second half we adjusted slightly and got back in the game and I felt we were a bit unlucky not to pinch it at the end.

"Hull had a few half-chances in the first half and they had a great one through their captain Robert Koren when he skied it over, which was probably the pick of the bunch.

"Others were bits and pieces but that can happen in football if you don't take your chances, then we went up the other end and could have won it at the death.

"We've got a great bunch of boys and we've got a very positive manager, so overall, considering the way we started the game, you'd take a point.

"But we're a team at the top of the league, so we want all three points in every game – it just wasn't to be this time around."

After making two similar trips up the M1 in the space of 72 hours, many felt the travelling could have taken effect on the players, but Jedinak says it wasn't a problem for the squad and that they're fit enough to deal with it.

"We had a couple of easy days just preparing for the game and we're all fresh and old enough to know what our bodies can and can't do," he said.

"After the game at Leeds, on the Sunday and Monday you do very little, but I thought the boys picked themselves up and that's one thing I think we've been really strong at this year in the way we've finished games.

"I think we probably finished the stronger of the two teams, so I don't think it really affected us that much even though Hull freshened up their squad a little more than we did."

Meanwhile, the man in the engine room admits there could be a few razors in hand late on Friday night when the Movember craze ends ahead of the big game on Saturday.

A number of the players have sported moustaches this month to raise awareness for men's health, but they could be ready to come off for one or two of them.

"I think some of the boys are ready to get rid of them," said Jedinak.

"I'll probably get rid of mine on Saturday morning and just keep a little fresh face, but I'm not too sure about the others as some of them may have got tired of it.

"It's great banter and it's for a fantastic cause, but I think it's likely one or two of the boys will get rid of them with the first chance they get."

Mile Jedinak: 'I will make sure everyone at Crystal Palace knows how big Brighton game is'

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