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Rocked in Brighton? Championship Preview

Blues head to the south coast today to try to pick up the pieces after last weekend’s humiliating defeat against Gus Poyet’s bang in form Brighton and Hove Albion. It promises to be a tough match and the question is whether Lee Clark’s men will fight to restore their pride or roll over and die again.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Gus Poyet’s men are the form team in the division; five successive wins see them top of the pile and there is no doubt that they will be licking their lips metaphorically after seeing Blues go down so heavily to a Barnsley team that they beat 5-1 earlier in September.

However Poyet does have a couple of injury worries; Scottish international striker Craig Mackail-Smith will miss out with a hamstring injury picked up in their last game whilst Bruno Saitor and Andrew Crofts are doubts with groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

Blues

Blues have several injury worries within the camp and have been forced to offer a contract to veteran full-back Paul Robinson after David Murphy was diagnosed with a grade one tear to his hamstring which forced him off in the first half against Barnsley whilst Pablo Ibanez limped off in the second with a broken bone in his foot. Hayden Mullins and Marlon King are both doubts having suffered from viruses and with Paul Caddis and Stephen Carr both out with long-term injuries it’s going to be a patchwork squad that travels.

I fully expect to see Blues field a five man midfield and hope for the best; Morgaro Gomis could well come back into the centre of midfield whilst Jonathan Spector could be shuffled out to right back. Will Packwood has tweeted that he has travelled and he offers another option at right back whilst Blues have the choice of Paul Robinson who is lacking match fitness, the raw Ben Gordon or the untested Mitch Hancox at left back.

This match has defeat written all over it. Blues looked like a team of strangers roped in for a kickabout last weekend and Brighton have been playing well; if Blues play like they did in the second forty-five minutes against Barnsley they will be lucky to get nil. The only hope that they have is that they rediscover the form that won them seven points in nine games and how to hold the ball in midfield – if they can do that, then maybe we’ll scrape a draw.

The match kicks off at 5:30 but isn’t televised; apparently there is expected to be a lot of traffic in the area due to the local universities and thus the game has been put back to allow fans the chance to get to the game on time.

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14 Responses to “Rocked in Brighton? Championship Preview”

  • Mark Y says:

    As this is our first match against any of the current top 10 in the Championship the priority after last weeks debacle is to set up the team well defensively, with no square pegs in round holes. I would be surprised if LC doesn’t play Spector at right back and Robinson at left back but we need defensive solidity also in midfield and that is where we are short presently with an array of attacking misdfielders who are not gelling.

  • Mickey07 says:

    God only a few years ago brighton didnt even have there own ground to play on and not a pot to pee In,now look at us going down there to hope to scramble a draw…pathetic.

  • DoctorD says:

    The beauty of football is no-one really knows what can happen. It’s what makes the sport so much more interesting than, say, rugby or tennis where the better performers genrally win. I’m not saying we’re going to get anything out of the game, but there is always that tiny, tiny chance we end up winning 3-0.

  • I don’t expect us to win; I expect us to lose and comfortably. Right now I would settle for a decent performance and a restoration of a bit of pride so lacking after last week’s so called effort (an oxymoron if ever there was one) I’m going to the game, one which I am dreading but there is a faint glimmer of hope as DoctorD is right; football is wholly unpredictable and no one, not even ourselves are giving us a chance so it means we’ll defy the odds and win.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Is it morning yet?

  • Jaffa says:

    If LC picks the right team and plays players were they should be playing then maybe we can get something from this game.but another poor performance will only increase more pressure on the manager and the big fear will be that he really has lost the dressing room.

  • Ted says:

    No Gomis or Morrison again? I’m dismayed.

    • Blue in Spain says:

      Still dismayed? Or do we need to start trusting the managers judgement.

      • Unfortunately it is only one game and there was always likely to be a reaction after last week.

        I hope this is a turning point, I really do, and it was a great performance, but I don’t think Lee Clark has suddenly become a great manager on the strength of what was a very poor Brighton performance by their standards.

        Clark has certainly bought himself some time, anyway.

  • big frank says:

    well done blues, could this be the turning point? i bloody hope so. kro.

  • swissjonny says:

    Please take over the official website.Just wanted to read about the win-its impossible! Well done lads.Dont get it , would not have been my selection but we got 3 points. Mouth shut,arms in air.

  • Iggy says:

    Fantastic! After the week we’ve had. Well done lads and especially to the travelling faithful

  • Art Watson says:

    I’m not a fan of LC as I still believe he’s the wrong man for the job but this was a great result and congratulations to him for a fantastic team performance……well done!!

  • DinoTiltoni says:

    True grit, pride and joy. But let’s get Morrison playing and we could be a very good side.


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