Albion have been urged to avoid another horrible start against Crystal Palace tonight.

The Seagulls conceded inside the opening minute before recovering at Huddersfield on Saturday.

They were a goal down in five minutes, two behind after 14 minutes, when they last faced Palace in the 3-2 defeat at Selhurst Park in April.

Manager Chris Hughton told The Argus: "We don't like horrible starts and if we can avoid them we will.

"When I look back at the (Palace) game, it was very strange. We got ourselves back into the game and both managers would have been massively disappointed with the goals we conceded.

"I expect a close game, a normal game when there's a lot of stake. They can be tense afairs, I just hope we can show enough quality to go on and win it."

Hughton appreciates, even from his playing days with Spurs, what victory would mean this evening.

"I've always been aware of it (rivalry)," he said. "My brother (Henry) played for Palace, I was brought up in London, I played against Brighton in the early eighties and against Palace.

"So I've always been aware of it."