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Holloway: Pre-Brighton

15 March 2013

Ian Holloway gave his pre-match views to the Palace website ahead of his side's clash with Brighton this Sunday. Here's what he had to say:


On FA charges


It's a waste of time taking the judge and the jury, so I won't be taking them on. What's the point? You have to look at your behaviour and I was shouting walking on. I got my players off but I was shouting and I have to be some sort of role model. It's very, very difficult at times. It's a chain of events really and I've never been very nice when I don't get what I want - and I didn't get what I wanted.


(Zaha's action) was a silly thing to do, and then he put something on Twitter which is also a silly thing to do. We're all human beings trying to get on and the game itself is much bigger, we've got to try and show the public the right image. He's a young man who's had a tough year where he has gone from being a good player to a sensational player and is now in the spotlight. That's not easy to handle but he'll learn and bounce back. Why should they ban him? I don't get it, trying to hurt someone in a tackle is worse and that should be looked at. What's more dangerous a gesture or trying to elbow somebody?


On Brighton rivalry


It's just our next game. However you cut it, that's the truth of it. Obviously it will be fantastic to go to Brighton, who have a great ground now. They were one of the most harshly treated clubs ever and they've made a fantastic recovery, they've got bright owners and a bright manager. I'll be proud to take my team there, they played really well in the first game and it's now about trying to secure a result. I'm sure both sets of fans will look forward to it, and there will be bragging rights for whoever is successful, and I want that to be us. We're going to have to be on our game because it's a derby match and you've got to take the emotion out of it so we do our job and are professional.


On Glenn Murray


Hopefully it'll be tough for their defenders to stop him. To me you're going there to play football and part of that is ignoring what everybody says and doing your job. Can I get him to concentrate on what I want him to do? I think the answer's yes. It'll probably affect him if we win or lose but it's just a game of football. Glenn has had such a wonderful season that I'd love it to carry on. He's got 30 goals now, and 29 league goals, so I want him to get past the barrier of 30 league goals. Can he do it on the weekend, I hope so.


I think everyone in the game knows how good Glenn Murray is. I was shocked to be honest, it's normally peo plewith pace who stand out but there's an awful lot of skill in what Glenn does that people don't normally see. I'd be very surprised if he's not in the Championship team of the season picked by his peers because they know how good he is, and how hard he is to mark. Last Saturday's equaliser was quite sensational. When you work closely with someone it's easy to see their qualities and I'm sure our supporters have seen that with Glenn this year.


Watch the full press conference on Palace Player.

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