Mile Jedinak says he is “buzzing to be back” after his first Premier League start of the season with Crystal Palace.
The Socceroos skipper was handed the armband as the Eagles took on Everton in a 1-1 draw at Everton Park.
It’s been a tough season for the 31-year-old who has found himself well down the pecking order since the arrival of manager Alan Pardew.
But the Palace boss was full of praise for the Aussie who got a start in the wake of Palace's 5-1 shellacking of Newcastle the week before.
“Big Mile is in good shape,” Pardew told Fox Sports after the match. “He’s had to be patient with me. He’s captain of this club and I haven’t given him a chance.
“I thought he might lift us tonight. He’s a warrior as well as we all know. He’s played two games for the Socceroos recently so he’s up to speed.”
Pardew also thought Jedinak was due a penalty after Gareth Barry looked to have fouled him in the box.
“Certainly I thought the pull on the shirt was a penalty from where I was standing,” Pardew said.
Post-match Jedinak said: “I’m buzzing to be back and playing in a starting role.
“It’s good to get 90 minutes. I enjoy playing football, coming away here and being involved with the boys and helping out wherever I can.
“I felt it after 90 minutes but I’m very grateful to get the opportunity.”comments