At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the team news and spoke about Anthony Knockaert’s return, assessed the test posed by Crystal Palace, the season run-in and his respect for opposite number Roy Hodgson.
“Apart from that [Knockaert back, Propper suspended], with one in and one out, there are no other injuries. We’re in good shape at the moment.
“It’s a big boost for us [having Knockaert back] because of the ability he has and especially as we had the disappointment of losing a player, albeit in a different position, in Davy Propper.
“It’s been frustrating for him [Knockaert] and for us. If anything, he’s probably trained harder in these five weeks and the reason is probably because he would miss playing in games, but his attitude around the place has been excellent.”
THREAT FROM CRYSTAL PALACE
“The players are ready, but every game for us, particularly away from home, is difficult and our performances have been mixed.
“We’ve had some very good performances away from home this season and some good results. They’re the ones that you have to tune into. You can’t expect to go anywhere away from home and expect it to be comfortable.
“It will be a very good and big atmosphere, but what you have to be able to do it is enjoy it. You have to enjoy the challenge of going somewhere where it will favour the home side. But we have to look at the good results we’ve had away from home.”
SEASON RUN IN
“We’re treating this as one game and whatever the circumstances are, I don’t think you can ever go into a game thinking you are not going to get something.
“We have had some very good performances, even against the top six with a very good victory against Arsenal.
“Other clubs have done similar things and there are always going to be days where things go for you and they don’t. I don’t think you can write off any game, but you do have to treat every game as the most important when it comes.”
“We’ve had a level of performance this season that sees us with the position and points tally we have at the moment.
“What we have to do now is give everything in these last six games to get enough points from wherever possible to make sure we stay in this division.”
RESPECT FOR ROY HODGSON
“I’ve known Roy for many years. He’s an outstanding manager and somebody that has the exact same enthusiasm that he had 30 or 40 years ago.
“He’s somebody that’s worked at his trade, managed at the very highest level and it’s no surprise that he’s come through a difficult period with injuries at Palace. He has a team that plays the way he wants.”