Graham Potter says Albion will need no last-minute words from him as they chase top spot at Selhurst Park.

The Seagulls will lead the Premier League for at least five days IF they can secure a first win in five attempts against Crystal Palace tonight (8pm, Sky Sports).

They are also aiming for a first win over their arch rivals under Potter and a first success on a Monday night in the Prem at the 11th attempt.

Potter says his players will look forward to the challenge and relish what is sure to be an intense atmosphere.

He gave fans an insight scenes in the changing room as his squad prepare to walk out for their televised showdown.

Potter told The Argus: “At that point, you are so close to the game, you have done everything.

“You have done your team prep, you have done your warm-up, you have felt the atmosphere.

“The guys don’t need to hear anything from me at that point. They are ready.

“Just a couple of messages but it’s about them getting together as a team, as a group.

“They look forward to it “It’s a fantastic atmosphere, it’s a derby.

“We have been without supporters for so long it’s something to enjoy.

“It’s something to be grateful for that you are involved in.

“Really take it for what it is, which is an opportunity to win a football match.

“Of course we are playing a good team and an opponent that wants to win as well.

“But we will be looking forward to the game, excited at that point I’m sure.

“Hopefully we can play well and bring the result back.”

Potter was speaking before it became apparent what the implications of a win would be in terms of league placings.

But events over the weekend will not have changed his thinking – or that of his players.

Defeats for Chelsea and Manchester United followed by Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Brentford left Albion with a chance of taking over top spot.

They are sixth this morning, having been overhauled by Manchester City and Everton on Saturday.