No excuses. We're ready. That's how Gus Poyet summed up Brighton's situation going into their play-off semi-final at Crystal Palace this evening. The Seagulls have been on a fantastic run, unbeaten in their last nine games.
So Wembley is the prize over two legs. The first game kicks off in just over an hour at Selhurst Park, with the return at the AMEX Stadium on Monday. And with an intense rivalry between the clubs followers, the Brighton manager wants the fans to focus on football.
Brighton football players Dean Hammond and Andrea Orlandi were optimistic as they looked ahead to this evening's Championship play-off semi-final 1st leg at arch-rivals Crystal Palace. Here's what they said - VIDEO.
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove AlbionSelhurst Park
Kick off: 7.45pm Friday 10th May 2013
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club travel to Selhurst Park tonight, Friday 10th May 2013, to face Crystal Palace in the Championship play-offs.
Kick off: 7.45pm
A late goal at Elland Road saw 10-man Brighton beat nine-man Leeds to secure a play-off place for Gus Poyet's side in an ill-tempered match.
Will Buckley opened the scoring for Brighton in the 10th minute, with Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin shown red shortly after.
Brighton's Inigo Calderon was sent off midway through the second half for a challenge on El-Hadji Diouf, who scored the resulting penalty before being sent off himself after appearing to abuse the away fans following the goal.
Jose Ulloa had the final word as he headed a late winner for Brighton.
Tony Grealish, who captained Brighton in the FA Cup final of 1983, has died at the age of 56. Tony is fondly remembered by Brighton fans, and tributes are pouring in today.
In the FA Cup Final, Brighton drew 2-2 with Manchester United, only to lose 4-0 in the replay. As a tribute to Tony we have uploaded an item from May 20 1983 - the day before the Cup Final. Tony is one of several players interviewed for the Coast to Coast programme.
Following on from the recent report on homophobia at Brighton & Hove Albion FC matches, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has sponsored an Early Day Motion calling on clubs, supporters, the police and football authorities to act.
EDM 1265 (Homophobic Chants at Football Games), highlights the extent of the problem of homophobic insults used at Brighton & Hove Albion games and calls for action from the host of parties involved with football matches.
Commenting, Mr Weatherley said: “Given the nature of this problem, I was keen to highlight this issue in Parliament. Homophobic behaviour at Albion games – and football games in general – is totally unacceptable and has no place in sport or civilised society.
Fans can be assured that I will continue to address this issue until these narrow-minded insults are a thing of the past.”
Forest were chasing a club record-equalling seventh straight win but it looked like manager Billy Davies would taste defeat for the first time in eight games when Will Buckley put the visitors back in front with five minutes remaining.
Poyet though had sympathy for the goalkeeper and said: "To begin with I thought the shot must have taken a deflection but when I've seen it again I nearly killed myself!
– Gus Poyet, Manager Brighton & Hove Albion
When you are a keeper you pay the price and Casper has done that today. He was having a very, very good game, making two or three good saves, coming for crosses and kicking very well.