Chris Hughton urges Brighton to keep their discipline in derby clash at Crystal Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has stressed the importance of his players keeping their discipline in tomorrow's Premier League match at rivals Crystal Palace.

Thursday, 7th March 2019, 3:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th March 2019, 4:45 pm
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

In the clash between the sides earlier in the season Albion defender Shane Duffy was sent off after just half-an-hour for a headbutt on Patrick van Aanholt. Brighton led 1-0 at the time and went on to win 3-1.

Hughton says his side cannot get carried away with the occasion and said: "If I'm looking at the games between the two of us, certainly the games I've been involved with, they're normal, full-blooded games and Shane's sending-off was out of character for him.

"They haven't been over aggressive games, they've been good full-blooded competitive derby games.

"We've got to into the game in a controlled way, not get carried away and not lose our discipline but that's the way we will have to play anyway.

"These are a very good side in a very good atmosphere. We've got to show that element of control."

Palace have been better on the road than at Selhurst Park this season, picking up 20 points away compared to 13 at home and Hughton admits that surprises him.

The Eagles have won just three home Premier League games this campaign and Hughton said: "That is a surprise because I know the atmosphere they get there and whoever that game is against, whether it's a local derby or whoever.

"With the type of team they've got and the type of players they've got, you also can see why they been good away from home with a lot of pace, counter-attacking individuals, individual ability.

"It is unusual they have got so many points away from home in relation to home.

"Can we benefit from that? We hope so.

"But the fact it's a derby game also gives it a little bit of a different dimension. We weren't able to do that last season but we're on the back of a lifting and winning performance last one and hopefully we can benefit from that."