BOSSES IN MIND GAMES AS PACE HOTS US
CRYSTAL Palace manager Ian Holloway has poured cold water on opposite number Gus Poyet’s insistence that Brighton are favourites to reach Wembley.
The Uruguayan said after Friday’s 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park that his side were “in a better position than before the match” and that home advantage meant the balance was tipped 60/40 in the Seagulls’ favour.
But Holloway – whose side were thrashed 3-0 at the Amex in March – believes Poyet is simply playing mind games.
“That’s just typical isn’t it?” he said.“In these games you have to talk it up and say what you believe.Well, I believe it’s 60/40 in our favour. I believe in my players and I believe we can win.
“But what bearing has that got on anything? What matters is that both teams have to go there and handle the occasion.
“We did it here, so now let’s see if we can do it again. It’s a fantastic opportunity, but we have to do a lot better than we did at their ground than we did last time.”
Holloway believes Brighton would have been viewed as favourites even if his side had taken one of several second-half chances that came their way at Selhurst Park.
“You saw the threat in Wilfried Zaha and Jonny Williams,” he said.“Dikgacoi should have scored.We finished the game quite strongly.
“But even if we’d scored you’d have all been saying Brighton are favourites.”
CHANCE: Ian Holloway