THERE were a lot of expectations going into the Palace game and we should have won it, no doubts about it. We had five wins on the bounce and expected to win it and it was a very disappointing performance. We didn't play particularly well but you have to give them some credit, they set their stall out and played well. If you listen to their manager he's said they've dominated games but not been able to take their chances and take points. They played particularly well, we didn't play as well as we can and it ended up a draw.
I WAS DISAPPOINTED with Palace's goal. I couldn't see clearly and didn't expect him to hit it on the turn but it was a decent finish, it went in the corner but I've got high expectations of myself. If you look at the game we only really played for the first 25 minutes of the second half so looking at the game as a whole it was a fair result.
EVERTON are doing well and what they've done this season can't be a surprise anymore because they've been there are season. They have a good, honest group of players and are doing very, very well. They will come here in a similar style to Palace, 4-5-1 and it will ve tough for us again. Physically they are right up there and getting results left, right and centre. Big Nige (Nigel Martyn) is still doing well for them in goal. He's a lovely bloke and I'm delighted for him.
FOR A FOOTBALLER, Christmas is the worse time of year but it's a small sacrifice. It's a very short career, it's over in 10, 15 years and after that you have as many Christmas Days as you want to spend with your family. A lot of other people are on holiday, we are asked to play and I believe it's a small sacrifice for the rewards we get.
IT WAS A typical Christmas Day for me. Got up early, presents with the family and little one, an early Christmas dinner at one o'clock and then reported to the training ground at four o'clock. We trained on Christmas Day and after training jumped on the bus and travelled to Norwich for an overnight stay in a hotel. It's not until Christmas Day night when you are sat in a hotel room on your own that you think 'Merry Christmas!'. New Year's Eve is usually the same story although we're at home this time.
BOXING DAY at Norwich City wasn't exactly a sparkling performance and we were all very disappointed with how we played in the first half. We spoke at half-time and basically said that they'd played well, we hadn't, but it was still 0-0 and we were very much in the game. We stepped up a gear in the second half, still didn't ply as well as we know we can, but got the result. I thought Norwich were a very good team and have the potential to stay in the league. They've not lost many games but they need to turn draws into wins.