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Brighton boss Potter: I know fans demand victory against Crystal Palace

Brighton boss Graham Potter knows the fans are desperate to beat Crystal Palace tonight.

Potter is still searching for his first victory over Palace as Albion head coach following two home defeats and a pair of away draws.

He says the significance of the fixture has become more apparent since his arrival at the Amex Stadium in 2019 and admits the pain of recent results still lingers.

“I've become more aware since I've been in the job," he said. “It's a strange one, because in the first year there were crowds, people were around more, there was more interaction with people from outside and you get more stuff: 'Make sure we beat them', that type of talk.

“Because we've been in bubbles since then, you have less of that. It's not quite the same.

“The first game at Selhurst Park, the atmosphere was great. You feel it at the ground and that was probably the moment where you think 'OK, this is a nice, tasty match'. And it's exciting.

“For both sets of supporters it's just wonderful to be there, to experience the game.

“We want a good game in a good atmosphere and try to be as positive as we can. But I understand the feeling, the passion.

“The two games last year, we were scratching our heads a little bit as to why we only picked up one point, because we felt we played really well at Selhurst Park and then at the Amex.

“That's still there in the mind. We just need to not worry about what's happened and try to enjoy it. We'll do our best."


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