VIEW FROM THE STANDS

SCOTT McCARTHY, WEAREBRIGHTON.COM

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

This sea­son will be dif­fer­ent to

last be­cause it’ll be a lot harder to stay up. Wolves and Ful­ham look far stronger than the sides who went down; we no longer have an el­e­ment of sur­prise; and there’s a real dan­ger of sec­ond sea­son syn­drome, which Chris Hughton has been keen to em­pha­sise due to his ex­pe­ri­ence with Nor­wich. Our pan­tomime vil­lain is Neil Warnock. I like a man­ager who moans. He’ll add some blood and thun­der to the Pre­mier League. Save the date for De­cem­ber 4 and March 9. The Palace ri­valry slipped un­der last sea­son’s radar. One change I’d make at our club is to al­low no more ‘Hazard, can I have your shirt?’ signs. We have a rep­u­ta­tion for plas­tic sup­port as it is, after crowds grew five-fold overnight when we moved to the Amex, so see­ing kids in the home end ask for Chelsea play­ers’ shirts while their par­ents smile and clap a bloke who just sin­gle-hand­edly de­stroyed us is an abom­i­na­tion.

The op­po­si­tion player I se­cretly

ad­mire is Andy Car­roll – a big striker who loves a pint. Oh, what might have been if only he wasn’t made of glass. This year we’ll fin­ish 15th again, but a lot closer to rel­e­ga­tion than last sea­son’s seven-point gap. FFT asks: How pleased were you to see Pas­cal Gross sign a new con­tract? Ty­ing him down to 2022 could be the best bit of busi­ness we do this sum­mer.

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