Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Solly March understands how important tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace is to the club's supporters.
The 24-year-old, who claimed assists for both goals in Saturday's 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town at The John Smith’s Stadium, stressed the importance of delivering a good performance against Roy Hodgson’s side at the Amex Stadium.
He said, “It’s a busy week, hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about on Tuesday because we know how much the game means to them.
“From the outside the rivalry might not make sense to people because of the geography - but being a local lad, I know what it means to both sets of fans.
"Palace are another side who are around us in the table - the bottom half of the league is tight, so if we can keep picking up points against sides around us then we’ll stand ourselves in good stead going forward.”
The victory in Yorkshire kickstarted a week that sees Chris Hughton’s side play three matches in a week, with a game against Burnley at Turf Moor also on the agenda on Saturday afternoon – March looked back on the big win against David Wagner’s men.
“You did feel like it was a bit of déjà vu when we conceded so early on.
“But we fought back really well and dominated the game, so we were delighted. After last week against ten men it was really important to go on and win.
“We adjusted our play and it was something we talked about at half-time as well. We moved the ball a lot better and that was big in us getting the win.”
The victory was also the side’s second on the road in the Premier League this season, and the winger highlighted the importance of picking up points away from home, as well as discussing his return to a playing out wide for the team.
“It’s a big boost away from home – it’s massive because with this and the win against Newcastle United in October we’ve already got the same number of victories on the road as we did during the whole of last season.
“If we can keep picking up those victories, then we’ll start climbing the table because we know we’re a good side who are tough to beat at home.
“I was back out on the wing and it’s nice to get more assists. Playing out wide gives me the opportunity to get more crosses into the penalty area.”