Ian Holloway has hinted at a possible change of tactics for tonight’s Championship play-off semi-final first leg tie against Brighton.
The Palace boss said he had been assessing the Seagulls’ strengths ahead of the match at Selhurst Park and believes his team can get the better of their bitter rivals over two legs.
He said: “What it means to the supporters is just immense. Both sets of supporters really, really don’t like each other and believe me I do understand that now. What I can’t do is get caught in that.
“I’ve got to try and get the lads focused on their team strengths and they’ve got an awful lot of them. But we are ready to go at them with a slightly different plan and see if it works.
“We are looking at their strengths and they are pretty good at the moment. They are in a good run of form. But from my point of view, I’ve got to try and identify what we didn’t do well enough at their place when we got beat.
“We’ve looked at all of those things, but that was then and this is now.”
Holloway has managed teams in the play-offs on a number of occasions, including two Championship play-off campaigns with Blackpool in the past four years.
And the gaffer believes that will stand Palace in good stead.
He added: “I know the emotions of it. I know what can happen. I know there will be all sorts of twists and whoever deals with them the best is the team that will go through.
“I think it will be a fantastic game and a great advert for this wonderful division.”
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