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Brighton boss Graham Potter has urged his players to continue to harness the never say die spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side in tonight’s grudge match with Crystal Palace.
Top-flight Albion have snatched five Premier League points from injury-time goals this term, including September’s dramatic 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Palace at Selhurst Park.
Patrick Vieira’s side travel to the South Coast on Friday night for the sold-out second leg at Amex Stadium.
Seagulls head coach Potter, who also saw his side claim victory at Brentford and retreat to Southampton and Chelsea thanks to goals scored after the 90th minute, wants to continue looking for results in the so-called ‘time of Fergie”.
“It’s an important thing to have as a team,” he said.
Vieira, meanwhile, hailed Jean-Philippe Mateta’s continued commitment after admitting it had been “difficult” for the player on loan at Crystal Palace.
The striker scored his third goal for the club last weekend after being cleared to play at Millwall despite links with St Etienne in the current transfer window.
Since Mateta moved to Selhurst Park last January on an 18-month loan from Mainz, he has started just six times but will return to the scene of one of his finest moments in the shirt tonight. of the Palace.
It was a backheel effort at the Amex last season that saw the French forward open his account for the south Londoners, but Christian Benteke’s fine form in 2021 and the August arrival of Odsonne Edouard have further restricts the opportunities for the 24-year-old.
Vieira, who saw Mateta score against Norwich last month and again at Millwall, said: “I think it was really difficult for him.
“Since he’s been at this football club, he hasn’t had much chance to play. Since I arrived, with the arrival of Christian and Edouard, he’s had less time.
“But whenever the team needed him to play, he gave his best. He was rewarded with a few goals he scored, so he’s here, he’s with us, he’s part of the team. ‘team and team.’