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Warnock: It Will Be Emotional

12 September 2014

Neil Warnock returns to the home dug-out on Saturday afternoon and cannot wait for the action to start even though he knows he is in for an emotional afternoon.

"It is bound to be emotional, I came back to Palace for the first time after leaving when I was with QPR, I thought I would get a lot of stick but it was one of the most emotional days of my career. 

"The positive reaction blew me away. I think a lot of the fans know how it was during administration. If we had sold any of our best players we would have been relegated and I was at loggerheads with the administrator to make sure we kept the best players on board.

"They sold me for £500,000 so I think they were quite happy in the end. I've never moved for a fee ! I now feel I have unfinished business and it will be nice to put something back in."

The home form is always an important factor in the outcome of any season and even from watching from afar in recent years he knows the special atmosphere will play it's part.

"It is an intimidating place and I want it to be like that. When I walk up the tunnel, I want to feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up."

His opponent in the other dug-out will be someone in Sean Dyche who he feels was a real winner in last year's promotion campaign.

"I thought he was the Manager of the Year as he took his side to promotion, it was absolutely outstanding what he did. I thought he got a raw deal at Watford but moved on and showed what a good manager he is. 

"We are good friends but I'm sure that won't make a difference during the game."

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