Alan Pardew is bracing himself for a hostile reception when Crystal Palace host his former club Charlton in the League Cup third round.
Palace boss Pardew left Charlton after just under two disappointing years in charge in 2008.
He couldn’t keep them up after taking over in December 2006, failed to mount a promotion challenge the following season and then left by mutual consent in November 2008 after a poor run of form which turned the fans against him.
“It’s part and parcel of the game,” said Pardew. “It didn’t work out for me at Charlton unfortunately, as much as I tried. Therefore if they have bad feeling about that there is nothing I can do.
“I just think that it is a game which is important for both sets of fans. It is a derby, it is two clubs that have had some history.
“I’m obviously part of that history as well – so there will be a lot of feeling about the game, but it’s a game I’m looking forward to.”
Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins said: “The outside world are writing us off because we are in the Championship. But we want to shock people.”
Coach Guy Luzon is expected to make a few changes for the clash, with a number of players struggling with fitness.
Loanee Conor McAleny has been given permission to play, while Franck Moussa may feature in the squad after a lengthy injury lay-off.
Cristian Ceballos and Stephen Henderson are still unavailable for the visitors and Simon Makienok is still a doubt with injury.
For Palace, Joe Ledley and Connor Wickham are in contention to start, but Joel Ward and Marouane Chamakh are out.
The game is Wednesday, September 23, at 7.45pm.