Brighton & Hove Albion : Poyet is aware of big Palace rivalry

Posted On 26 Sep 2011 at 10:55 am

By Tim Hodges from the Amex Press Briefing.

Gus Poyet said today how he and the Albion players were aware of the intense rivalry between the Albion and Crystal Palace.

He commented on a charity match he played in between former players of the two teams, which got a little nasty.

He said he knew how much tomorrow meant to the fans.

He went on to advise that Ryan Harley was fit and available and that he would again talk to Vicente about the possibility of his participation tomorrow.

But apart from Buckley, El Abd and Elphick, at the moment everyone is available.

We also learned that Craig Noone was replaced at half time against Leeds for tactical reasons.

When asked by Brighton and Hove news if Palace’s defeat on Saturday would affect his preparation, he said it wouldn’t and that the Seagulls would play their normal, patient, passing game.

He touched on the Glenn Murray situation, stating there is no animosity and Murray sought out the contract he required, for himself and his family. He also mentioned attending a coaching course with Palace boss Dougie Freedman a little while ago.

Poyet was once again asked about his aspirations to manage Uruguay and again said he would like to do so, though only after he had managed a club at a high level.

I finished up asking him about the super atmosphere at The Amex on Friday, he seemed to think it was great as did the players, such a big difference to Withdean, which he said jokingly he felt sorry for.

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