Looking Up: Brighton Preview

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

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Today Town take on Brighton after a confidence boosting win at Molineux last week and fans and players alike head into this game with a new found optimism thanks to recent performances.

Had we have been offered 7 points from 9 ahead of the Fulham, West Ham and Wolves games, we would have been deligthed, especially considering our points haul prior to those fixtures.

Today's game represents a real chance for 3 points, and an opportunity for Steve Mounie to find his goal scoring boots against opposition that he scored 3 times against last season. With that in mind Stephan Roux has had his say on why we should be full of cheer heading into the festive period, his thoughts are below - enjoy.

Good news Town Fans we’ve hit a bit of form! The belief seems to be building, we’ve scored more than one goal in a game, away! Wagner’s performances have turned into points, just as promised. We’re off the bottom and up to a dizzying 14th in the Premier League.

So has Christmas come early down at the John Smith’s? I reckon not, and I’ll tell you why. Of the next 9 games, 7 of them are there for a team finding a bit of form to take. The Mighty Terriers face, Brighton, Bournemouth, Arsenal, Newcastle, Southampton, Man Utd, Fulham, Burnley and Cardiff, before the return of the Premier League Champions.

Of these games only Arsenal and perhaps a floundering Manchester United fill me with any kind of trepidation, we should take points from the rest comfortably. Don’t expect all 21 but it will be a good chunk of our season and crucial to where we finish come May. Even a very attainable 10pts across this period would see us sit with 24pts from 22 games, hardly earth shattering but 14 points from the remaining games to hit the magic 38, also feels more achievable than it did a fortnight ago.

Reasons for optimism:

  • Mooy has had some sleep and found his shooting boots

  • Pritch is off the mark, with his goal against West ham, and has plenty more within him I'm sure.

  • Mounie has been quietly mooching up to putting in a shift

  • Our very own alpaca Phill Bill continues to find his feet and manage to put them one in front of the other.

  • Durm is the real deal and looks set to get a few games to shine in the absence of the excellent Lowe.

  • Hogg is just a huge ball of effort and aggression every game he plays.

  • Christopher Schindler.

Reasons for caution:

  • Kongolo's hamstring seems fragile

  • Durm hasn't played many back to back games in over a year

  • Spankings or poor performances at Arsenal or Man United could halt momentum

  • Mounie could continue to disappoint in goal scoring terms

  • Still not much in the way of progress from the new signings who are as non existent as Sabiri at the moment.

  • We still lack goals and are missing a certain something.

Every dog has his day, here's hoping ours is around that Christmas period with a bonus gift at Old Trafford to round off the festivities.

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