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Brighton boss Graham Potter has urged his players to continue harnessing the never-say-die spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side going into tonight’s grudge match with Crystal Palace.
High-flying Albion have snatched five Premier League points courtesy of added-time strikes this term, including September’s dramatic 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Palace at Selhurst Park.
Patrick Vieira’s side travel to the south coast on Friday evening for the sold-out return match at the Amex Stadium.
Seagulls head coach Potter, who has also seen his team nab victory at Brentford and draws away to Southampton and Chelsea thanks to goals scored after the 90th minute, wants to keep scrapping for results in so-called ‘Fergie time’.
“It’s an important thing to have as a team,” he said.
Vieira, meanwhile, has praised the continued commitment of Jean-Philippe Mateta after admitting it has been “challenging” for the loanee at Crystal Palace.
The forward scored his third goal for the club last weekend having been given the nod to play at Millwall despite links to St Etienne in the current transfer window.
Since Mateta moved to Selhurst Park last January on an 18-month loan deal from Mainz, he has started only six times but will return to the scene of one of his best moments in a Palace shirt tonight.
It was a backheeled effort at the Amex last season which saw the French striker open his account for the south Londoners, but Christian Benteke’s fine form in 2021 and the August arrival of Odsonne Edouard have further restricted opportunities for the 24-year-old.
Vieira, who saw Mateta net against Norwich last month and again at Millwall, said: “I think it’s been really challenging for him.
“Since he’s been at this football club, he’s not had that much chance to play. Since I arrived, with Christian and Edouard arriving, he had less time.
“But every time the team needed him to perform, he gave his best. He was rewarded by a couple of goals he scored, so he’s there, he’s with us, part of the team and the squad.”