Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak relishing chance to face Stoke again in FA Cup
Mile Jedinak is relishing the challenge of facing Premier League opponents in Tuesday's FA Cup replay at Stoke.
Last Updated: 15/01/13 7:27pm
Palace are pushing for promotion in the Championship and are hoping to join Stoke, who have cemented their place in the top flight since they went up in 2008.
The Eagles face the Potters again at the Britannia Stadium in their third round replay following a 0-0 draw in the first meeting and Jedinak believes his team-mates will be keen to prove they can hold their own with Stoke's big names.
"We know they are direct in some sense, they have some really tall lads and great quality players," he said.
"You want to test yourself against good players. They are where we want to be, they've been there a number of years and they are a solid Premier League team.
"They have earned their respect, and we showed them that. They are where they are for a reason but it's good to mix it with them."
Palace pulled off a big upset last season when they dumped Manchester United out of the League Cup and the Australian midfielder feels his side can produce another surprise result.
"Every game is difficult and you have to treat the opposition with respect," he said. "But in saying that, you can't stray away from what you believe in and your philosophy of football.
"I don't see why we can't go through. There's a lot of confidence around the place and we are playing with that confidence.
"We know it will be a difficult game, they have got a great record at home in the Premier League so we are not going to kid ourselves.
"But we'll take a lot of confidence from the first game. Overall we were pretty happy with our display, we just couldn't get the goal."