Date: 27th November 2017 at 5:34pm
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has delivered a clean bill of health ahead of tonight’s clash with Brighton and warned the players to show calm heads in the derby.

Palace head for the Amex Stadium for tonight’s clash with it being the first time in over four years we’ve faced them, and with Glenn Murray factored in, Hodgson knows it’s important we play the game and not the occasion as all three points could take us level with West Bromwich Albion in 17th place.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC as he met with the media on Monday to discuss the midweek trip, Hodgson admitted the group was the same when it came to selections.

‘Everyone came through the game, which was fortunate, but as usual after a game where you have a short turnaround there is the odd knock or two to take into consideration but everybody trained this morning and therefore I am expecting everyone to declare themselves fit for selection.’

Sky Sports carry his fuller press conference where he addressed focus and clear heads.

‘It’s important as a manager that you don’t add to the hype, because you need players to play with their head and their heart. If you put too much emphasis on the heart, maybe you don’t have the head.’

Asked on whether he was dreading the game owing to expectations surrounding the tie, he dismissed the suggestion saying in football you have to relish every tie whatever it might be.

‘I don’t dread any games. You should be looking forward to games. I think it’s important to feel some sort of nervous tension. I’m hoping to see a good performance tomorrow and that we’re going to continue playing in the style we’ve been playing. You hope that something unfortunate doesn’t happen to you and that you get the rub of the green.’

He went on to say that he wasn’t entertaining thoughts about a corner being turned or any of those phrases as we still had a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but after our season so far he was obviously pleased to have picked up eight points from the last six games and seen confidence lift in the group.

‘I don’t know that we’ve turned a corner. Everywhere you go there’s a corner to turn. I think the fans are starting to see a team that they can identify with better than the team they saw at the start of the season. I think they are getting some sort of belief that even though we’ve given ourselves a mountain to climb, there’s some chance we’ll be able to do that.’

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