Poyet aware of significance

Gus Poyet insists he is fully aware of what Brighton's play-off semi-final against Crystal Palace means to the fans.

Last Updated: 11/05/13 at 11:49 Post Comment

Gus Poyet: Aware of the importance of the play-off to Brighton fans

Gus Poyet: Aware of the importance of the play-off to Brighton fans

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The first leg of their showdown takes place on Friday at Selhurst Park, with the heated rivalry between the sides dating back to the late 1970s and the days of rival managers Alan Mullery and Terry Venables.

And Poyet, who took over as Brighton boss four years ago, is well aware of what the game means to Seagulls fans.

He said: "I'm pleased that I'm not living in the Brighton & Hove city because it's as if it's the last game of our lives when you talk to the fans.

"That's credit to the position we have put ourselves in, it shows what we are playing for and that's why we have a beautiful job.

"This team can make so many people happy from a football game, which is great. It's hard work as you have to run and suffer but it's a very nice kind of hard work, especially when you are making so many people happy.

"We need to do what we can to make a lot of people proud of the players we have at this club."

Following a nine-game unbeaten run, Poyet's side will be favourites to progress to the Wembley final, while Palace scraped through to the play-offs.

"We want to do the same as we do for every other game," he added.

"We don't want the players to change anything in their life and we don't want them to do anything differently.

"I've said to a few players with little kids that if their child is normally awake at 2am in the morning and they normally get up, get up again at the same time. Nothing should change because of this game.

"Of course, there are a few more consequences this time but we must try to do exactly the same. We will not change at all."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Liverpool's Europa League exit a boost to top-four chances ahead of Manchester City showdown, says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher looks ahead to Liverpool v Manchester City and reckons the Reds might find it easier to bounce back.

Arsenal announce £11m profit and £138.8m cash reserve

Arsenal have returned robust financial results, with turnover increased to £148.5m and an overall profit before tax of £11.1m.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal eyes 'luck'

Louis van Gaal claims the most important factor in Manchester United's pursuit of a top-four place is 'luck'.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company