The Brighton View
The time has come for the third and final derby game of the season so we had a chat with the guys at The Albion Roar to get their views on the season so far and on this all important match up.
Q. Let us kick off with your views on the two meetings between the clubs so far this season.
The league game seems to be a lifetime ago. It was a game that was marred by a poisonous atmosphere created by idiots who deprived your own supporters entry to the ground. Our idiots did not exactly cover themselves in glory either! The game itself was entirely forgettable, in fact I have entirely forgotten it. On balance, the draw was a better result for you than it was for us at the time.
The FA Cup tie was better from our point of view but with the hangover of the trouble from the league game, poor pricing to see what was going to be two scratch sides and the fact that BT Sport decided to put the game on a Monday night meant that not many people saw it.
Bakary Sako scored the best goal of the contest, and what a goal it was. Having the draw before the game had a ‘have a look and see what you could of won’ kind of feel to it and as delighted as we were to see Glenn Murray get the winner, knowing we were heading to Middlesbrough took some of the gloss off.
Q. How has the season gone for Brighton since the league game at the Amex?
Its been okay. It has been quite a steep learning curve. We have been competitive in pretty much all of our home games and it has been a case of learning to take your chances when you get them because if you don’t, you will get picked off. Since the turn of the year Chris Hughton has slightly released the brakes and our speed of play has improved dramatically. Away from home though, there has been an element of safety first
Q. Did the club do the business required in the January transfer window?
Yes. We were very light up front and we needed more quality. The amazing thing is that the added competition has fired up Murray and no-one can get the shirt off him! What we do know is that our recruitment department very rarely get it wrong and in Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo Ulloa, we have two very good players who are itching to get in the team.
Q. How do you describe the rivalry between our two clubs when asked what it is all about?
Prior to the came in October, we had at the last count 27 media requests from all over the world asking us to explain it, to the point where we are bored of talking about it! We go back to the origins with Alan Mullery and Terry Venables. THAT FA Cup game at Stamford Bridge, geography, Kelvin Morton and to the present day, what we do with the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF). One very good piece on it was the film that Copa90 did last time out.
Q. Who would be your player of the season both for your club and for the Premier League as a whole?
You want me to say Glenn don’t you…..
He has been great and we are looking forward to seeing the results from the Advanced Hair Studio. However, the real star of the season has been Pascal Gross whose goals and assists have been crucial to our campaign. Both Dale Stephens and Lewis Dunk also deserve a mention
In the Premier League as a whole, Kevin De Bruyne has been a joy to watch as has Mo Salah. Two players that Jose Mourinho did not rate and sold on….
Q. Explain in no more than 140 characters how the last ten years have been for the club.
We prefer to look at twenty years ago when we nearly had no club at all. We are now on course for our highest ever league place. That’s progress.
Q. What have you made of Palace this season?
After the car crash of a start that you had under Frank de Boer, the ship has been steadied. You have been unlucky with injuries to key players but Roy Hodgson is a wily old head and has managed to get some sort of tune out of you.
You are not safe yet though, and neither are we!
Q. Name a player from EACH side that the opposition should be concerned about?
Wilf. Always Wilf. We hate Wilf.
Having Ruben Loftus-Cheek back is massive and I have been quietly impressed by Luka Milivojevic.
From our side, if Jose Izqueirdo plays well then generally the team does. Anthony Knockaert will also be itching to prove himself if he gets a chance after his three match ban.
Q. Your prediction?
I am not confidant. On the road we have been wildly inconsistent and we were the only team that Alan Pardew managed to beat while boss of West Bromwich Albion. I would take a draw now but would not be surprised to see us lose 2-0.
Q. And finally, tell us a little about your fan group and any projects that you may be working on.
We are a radio show and podcast that has been going for nearly ten years now. We have nearly 400 shows under our belts and welcome fans and players alike onto the airwaves to share their stories and opinions.
Gary O’Reilly once told us that we should give up on the rivalry !!
We are also very much involved in the REMF game which is now in its 17th year. For those who don’t know, Robert Eaton was an Albion fan who sadly died in the Twin Tower attacks in 2001. Various fund raising events take place throughout the year but the highlight is always the game that takes place in May between Brighton and Palace fans.
Various ringers have been invited to play over the years including Peter Ward, Peter Taylor, Simon Rodger, Andy Johnson, Gary Nelson and Sean Derry. This years match takes place on Friday 11th May at the Dripping Pan in Lewes.