Q&A With Brighton & Hove Albion

  • November 23, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bolton face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon and we have got the views of a Seagulls supporter ahead of the game.

Saturday's match at the AMEX Stadium will be the first time the two sides have met since January 1993, when Brighton ran out 1-0 winners in a Division 2 fixture at Burnden Park.

Ahead of the first meeting in almost 20 years, we have been over to northstandchat.com to get the views of Philzo-93 on Gus Poyet, Dougie Freedman and the danger men Wanderers should be looking out for.

Q: Brighton currently sit in 7th place in the Championship. How has your season been so far?

A: Our season has been brilliant. I worried that we would suffer from second season syndrome, but, once again, Gus and his orchestra of flair have been in exceptional form and long may that continue.

Q: Brighton's manager, Gus Poyet, was linked with the Bolton job, after the departure of Owen Coyle in October. How do you rate Poyet as a manager and would you have been sad to see him leave?

A: I rate him as a great manager with huge potential. He still has a lot to learn before going to the next stage that is the Premier League, whether it is with us or without us.

Q: This is the second season that Brighton have played at the AMEX Stadium. What are your thoughts on the Seagulls' new home?

A: It was long overdue and is a fantastic football ground to be associated with. For me, it shows how powerful fan power really is in the beautiful game.

Q: Do you think promotion is a realistic aim for both the Seagulls and the Wanderers?

A: For us, it is possible, but I don't want us falling into the trap that Southampton are in and the likes of Derby and Watford were in. I don't want my first season in the Premier League to be fall of losses and misery.

We need time to adapt and be a promising competitor in the Championship, before pushing seriously for the Premier League.

As for the Wanderers, I'm not convinced one bit. It looks like Freedman has a different challenge on his hands. Whether he is the right man is another thing.

Q: Brighton's record signing, Craig Mackail-Smith, has been in great form this season, scoring nine goals. Who else should the Wanderers be wary of?

A: William Buckley. The guy has been terrorising defenders on the wing and through the middle, with his pace and awesome dribbling ability - and, boy, can he net a few, too! His goals last season, alone, helped, as we became strong challengers in the Championship last season.

Adam El-Abd's fortunes changed when Gus came into play. He became a defensive rock for us and has not looked back since then. Be wary, though, he likes winding up the odd player here and there.

Bruno Saltor is a fantastic asset for us, on a free from Valencia. Last season, he was marking Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, so his experience has certainly filled a gap in the squad that has been lacking for some time.

Liam Bridcutt aswell. The guy has been the pivot of our midfield and has always controlled the battle, whenever needed. He has fantastic energy and great vision.

I won't mention Vicente. Not even we know where he is.

Q: Which Bolton player do you think Gus Poyet will be earmarking as a potential threat to the Brighton goal?

A: Do you still have Chris Eagles? Always liked him and don't think Marcos Painter will be up to the challenge against him.

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be at the AMEX on Saturday afternoon?

A: 2-0. Dougie will be abused for being a Palace man and chants will echo towards him too. It will be fantastic stuff.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Philzo-93 for volunteering to answer our questions. You can read more from him, and the thoughts of his fellow Brighton fans by checking out our Q&A thread at northstandchat.com.

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