View From A 'Gull

Mark Absolon is a multi-media sports-journalist working for The Yorkhsire Post, although he spends most of his time reporting on Yorkshire sides he's an avid Brighton fan. This week we caught up with him to get the lowdown on the Seagulls ahead of our clash with them at the AMEX on Saturday...





After the sale of the Goldstone Ground, home games in Gillingham and near relegation from the Football League, how does it feel to see Brighton holding their own in the richest league in the world?


Almost inconceivable! Just to get back to Withdean at the end of the 1990s seemed like a massive step forward but to have a purpose-built stadium and be playing in the Premier League just a few years later is astonishing really.


The recent 2-1 victory over Arsenal thrust Brighton into the media spotlight, but how would you rate your season so far as a whole?


It's been a very good season so far. We knew we would be struggling at the bottom end of the league but we've still not been sucked into the bottom three (yet). A bit like Town we've got some horrible fixtures at the end of the season, so points on the board now are crucial. Chris Hughton is a brilliant coach (if a tad defensive) and what he's done over the last three-and-a-half years has been remarkable really.


With Brighton sitting 3 points above Huddersfield, they seem all but safe with 6 games to go. Do you think you have enough about you to beat the drop?


Yes, I'm hopeful of beating the drop but we're still to play Spurs, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool, plus the small matter of Palace away. So, we're far from safe but our home games will be key.


The game at the AMEX last season was a bit of a tedious affair, how do you see this weekend's game going?


Tight, tense and likely to be goalless going into the final quarter I think. We had all the play against Leicester last week, missed a penalty and then let them back in the game to win. That will be playing on our minds on Saturday, so Town can use that to their advantage.


Huddersfield's tormentor in chief Anthony Knockaert is suspended for this game, who would you say is Brighton's biggest threat?


Pascal Gross is a brilliant crosser of the ball and invariable sets up most of our goals. Our best passer - Dale Stephens - has been injured recently but our win-rate goes up massively when he's in the team. Hopefully, he's back on Saturday, but if not, Beram Kayal will do a decent job. Obviously Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk at the back have taken most of the plaudits but watch out for Jose Izquierdo, he's a super-quick winger who likes to shoot


Is there anyone in the Huddersfield line-up that you fear?


It's more the collective pressing/team ethic that squeezed the life out of us in West Yorkshire. We never really made any impression that day. We'll need to impose ourselves early on.


Can we have Pascal Gross please? We'll give you Collin Quaner in exchange...


No and no!


Finally, what's your score prediction for the game?


It'll be close. Whoever scores first will relax a bit and that might change the game. I'll go for 0-0 or a tight 1-0 (not sure who to though!)


Many thanks go to Mark for taking the time to give us an insight into Saturday's hosts. If you enjoyed reading his views you can find him on Twitter HERE and look out for his articles daily in The Yorkshire Post.

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