SEAN SCANNELL is desperate for the chance to get to grips with his old club Crystal Palace tonight.
The South Londoners visit for Town’s first Championship match since the departure of Simon Grayson, the man who brought the 22-year-old winger to West Yorkshire in the summer.
Town’s caretaker manager Mark Lillis has a first win in 13 league games in his sights – and £500,000 signing Scannell says he can help achieve that.
He was a force when coming off the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 home FA Cup draw with Leicester.
And the Palace youth product who played 141 games for the club would love the chance to make a 13th Town and 21st appearance in all start against Ian Holloway’s high-flying Eagles.
“I thought I did well when I came on against Leicester and I thought the team did well as a whole, but now we have to push on,” he said.
“The crowd got behind us on Saturday, and it felt great. They can play a big part tonight, and we’re all keen to make the cup performance a turning point for us in the league.”
Scannell, born and bred close to Selhurst Park in Croydon, was booed by the home fans after winning a penalty when Town drew 1-1 at Palace last month.
“The fans gave me some stick, but I was okay with that because it meant we were doing something right, and they came round by the end of the game,” smiled Scannell.
Adam Clayton missed the penalty while Wilfried Zaha put Palace ahead before Keith Southern’s leveller for Town in a game which brought red cards for opposing centre-backs Damien Delaney, a former Town loan player, and Anthony Gerrard.
“I felt we should have won the game at Selhurst, and now we have a chance to put things right,” added Scannell.
Exciting England winger Zaha will make his first appearance since being loaned back to Palace after joining Manchester United in a deal worth a potential £15m to the capital club.
Palace’s powerful Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak will head up the M1 with reports linking him with a move to Premier League Stoke ahead of tomorrow night’s 11.00 transfer deadline.
Town’s managerial situation means major deals are unlikely.