A summer move to Championship rivals Coventry City brought an end to Palmer’s three-year stay at BS3 and has thrust new life into his career.
The 25-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues and was in their side when they suffered a 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat against Nigel Pearson’s side in August.
However, Tuesday night’s game marks his first return to his former club and Palmer has revealed just how much importance he is placing on the game.
“Yes, it’s a big game,” he explained.
“I have been telling the lads it’s the biggest of the season so hopefully we go there and win but, more importantly, we need to perform like we did against Middlesbrough and if we do that then most teams would get the three points, so we need to back that performance up now and start to build some momentum.
“It’s going to be Saturday, Tuesday and that’s what we have missed, being able to play games.
“We’re behind everyone else and now we can gather some momentum and pick up some more points.”
Palmer put in an eye-catching display in Coventry’s narrow win over Middlesbrough over the weekend and has received praise for his performance over the last two days.
He came close to racking up his first Sky Blues goal with two missed opportunities and the attacking midfielder is now looking to belatedly get off the mark against his former club.
“I’m still trying to get my first goal, which obviously is a big one to get off the mark, so hopefully that can come on Tuesday.
“I had a chance really early on to be fair, but it’s gone now, and I saw it back and I don’t want to see it back again. At least we won so hopefully everyone forgets about that.
“Then the one in the second half, I saw that one back and I probably had more time than I thought, but when the crowd shouted, ‘shoot,’ I thought someone was closer to me than they were, but it’s one of them.”