Date: 7th January 2018 at 8:09pm
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Crystal Palace gaffer Roy Hodgson has said he’s relishing tonight’s FA Cup clash against Brighton.

The game at the Amex Stadium will be the first meeting in the FA Cup since the replay back at Stamford Bridge in 1976 which set up our derby nature arrangement with the club but for Hodgson he feels it just makes it that little bit extra special for fans.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC as he met with the media ahead of the game, the former England man explained.

‘All of us at the club take on board that over the years this game between ourselves and Brighton has become a derby game and we all share the supporters passion and enthusiasm and therefore it`s a big responsibility as manager of one of the clubs because you know that your fans have decided this is one of the games of the year and they would like to see us win it. It`s an FA Cup game and you get who you are drawn against and even with the rivalry you must do the right things by the club and not be swayed by emotional issues but both myself and Chris Hughton will be putting out a team for that game that we think will be the right one at that moment in time.’

Having met in the Premier League in November, sharing the points in a scoreless draw, Hodgson went on to say that he expected the fans to more than play their part in helping us through to the fourth round.

‘We want to be supported as we normally are and we really appreciate the way they always do but we want our fans to behave absolutely correctly at all times and to bring credit to the club and I think if you ask people within the Premier League what they think or our support I am sure you would get a very positive answer so it`s important that positivity is enhanced and shown on the night to help the team in the right way.’

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