Crystal Palace skipper Jedinak insists the past is behind them

Croydon Guardian: Captain marvel: Mile Jedinak celebrates his goal in the 3-2 win over Peterborough on Saturday     SP72957 Captain marvel: Mile Jedinak celebrates his goal in the 3-2 win over Peterborough on Saturday SP72957

Mile Jedinak insists Crystal Palace's players are now fully aware of the Eagles' rivalry with Brighton.

The two clubs lock horns this weekend in a two-legged play-off semi-final for the chance to play at Wembley and secure promotion to the Premier League.

It comes just two months after Palace's squad were criticised heavily for their performance in a 3-0 loss at the Amex Stadium by fans, who felt the players did not appreciate the bitterness of the rivalry.

Captain Jedinak now insists everyone is up to speed with the importance of the contest, although he has warned his team-mates they must control their emotions.

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"The important thing now is winning," said the 28-year-old.

"The ones that weren't up to scratch with the rivalry know the importance of it now. We know the importance of every game but we know the importance of this one as well.

"We cannot let it affect us to much though, it is really important to understand it but it is about who can keep the emotion under control.

"Your performance can sometimes slip if you don't control it so we need to and that is going to be the key.

"I think it is a case of putting the 3-0 defeat behind us. We all know what happened but that is in the past.

"We have two games on Friday and Monday and we have to be thinking about them."

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Jedinak scored the winner in a 3-2 defeat of Peterborough United on Saturday as the Eagles won their first match in 10, securing a play-off place and relegating Posh in the process And he is looking forward to the games at Selhurst Park on Friday and the Amex Stadium on Monday.

"It is great to get the play-off spot which is what we wanted," he said.

"There's been a buzz around the place and we are all looking forward to the game. If you had said to us at the start of the season, would we take the play-offs, we would have jumped at it."

Should the Eagles progress, it could mean Jedinak leading Palace out at Wembley.

"I don't want to get ahead of myself, I never do that," he added.

"But it is a great honour to lead them in the play-offs as it has been all season and if I get that opportunity in the final it will be another great honour."

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