Chris Hughton calls for cool heads


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Brighton manager Chris Hughton wants his players to give the fans what they crave but has called for cool heads in Saturday’s clash at Crystal Palace.

The two sides are set to square off in the M23 derby – a little-known rivalry between two of the lesser clubs in England’s top flight.

The Seagulls finally got their first Premier League win of 2019 last time out, reaching 30 points and they will be up against an Eagles side who are three points and two places better off.

There is always a tense atmosphere when these teams meet but this season’s encounter has taken on even more meaning as both clubs are still battling against relegation.

There are sure to be a sizeable number of Albion supports in south London and Hughton has urged his charges to make sure the fans go home happy.

“It’s a big one for both sets of supporters. It’s one they don’t want to lose,” he said. “Speaking of our fans, they’ve been excellent all year.

“Our supporters will make themselves heard, and it’s up to us to reward them for that.”

The south-coast outfit beat Palace 3-1 at home earlier in the campaign despite having Shane Duffy sent off in the 28th minute. There are bound to be some flashpoints during the 90 minutes this weekend and Hughton believes that the key to success is managing the pressure.

“In these sorts of matches you always hope you can keep your discipline,” he added.

“You have to make sure you approach it in a controlled way.” Brighton are 4.50 to win the match with Palace on offer at 1.85 and the draw 3.50.

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