Glenn Murray believes Albion and Crystal Palace could have done without their derby FA Cup draw.

But they are ready to “go to war” in the third round.

The Seagulls are into an 11-day interlude from Premier League action after their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

But plans to give senior players a break could be hindered by the desire beat their old enemy in the third round next Monday.

Albion and ex-Palace striker Murray expects fans to relish the tie.

But he believes managers Chris Hughton and Roy Hodgson would have welcomed more low-key ties this weekend.

Murray said: “Obviously it’s a great one for the fans, being our arch rivals.

“But I think probably, with where both clubs are in the Premier League, we probably could have done without the tie.

“The fuss (around the tie) doesn’t bother us. Both sets of fans create a great atmosphere and that’s good for us on the pitch.

“But it’s one of those where it could have been a more comfortable afternoon for both clubs.

“Instead we both prepare to go to war again.”

Hughton could use the tie to give players such as Tim Krul, Connor Goldson and Beram Kayal playing time.

Steve Sidwell is back in training after a back problem but the tie will come too soon for him as he eyes a return in mid-January.

Asked whether the identity of the opponents would reduce Hughton’s willingness to make changes, Murray told The Argus: “You would have to ask the gaffer that.

“But I’m sure he will be looking to win the game.”