REASONS TO BE CAUTIOUS
The Brighton manager Gus Poyet has revealed that he has reasons to be cautious ahead of the match with Crystal Palace in the championship.
Brighton will be taking on Crystal Palace knowing that they need to be at their best in order to maintain the push for the play-offs positions. The team are just one place below the play-off position, but there are several teams involved in the fight for the promotion. Brighton managed to put together a great run of form only a few weeks ago. However, they come into the Crystal Palace match without a victory in the last three.
This includes two back-to-back defeats at the hands of Bolton and Barnsley. Crystal Palace are one of the most attacking teams in the league. This has been pointed out by the Brighton manager, who has said that his opponent Ian Holloway is someone who likes playing attacking football. He also prefers utilising a lot of forwards in his team. Hence, the defenders need to be extremely alert in order to get three points from this home fixture. Crystal Palace managed a thumping 3-0 win over Brighton when the two sides met each other earlier in the season. Poyet has also said that he tried his best to bring a striker on loan during the January transfer window.
“Ian Holloway likes to play many, many forwards. You need to manage that situation and take advantage of their weaknesses. You need to be smart, organised and take your chances. They have been winning games in the last two or three weeks and not totally deserving to win. Their keeper [Julian] Speroni has been outstanding and has been one of their key players, and we know Glenn Murray has been scoring for fun,” said Poyet ahead of the match with Crystal Palace.