Q&A With Brighton & Hove Albion

Ahead of the 16th meeting between Bolton and Brighton & Hove Albion, we have got the views of a Seagulls supporter.

Following on from Tuesday night's goalless draw at Derby County, Wanderers play host to Oscar Garcia's side at the weekend - where they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Chris Field (@chrisfield25) - a 19-year-old Brighton supporter who attended his first game in the late 1990's and rates Michel Kuipers as his favourite Albion player of all time.

Ahead of Saturday's game, Chris shares his views on Keith Andrews, the strike partnership of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason, as well as a reminder to the referee about why he may need to watch his step.

Q: Brighton have been the nearly men for a few seasons now. Will this season be different and you make the big league?

A: Well, firstly, I'd say I can't agree with that. The first season back in the Championship was always about getting a strong top-half finish, so I wouldn't call getting 10th place as 'nearly men'. Last season was the only time you could consider us as nearly men, after losing to Crystal Palace in play-offs. So, like I say, you can't consider us nearly men for a few seasons.

This season has been very good, actually. Obviously, there were a few changes and problems behind the scenes with Mr Poyet, but now Oscar (Garcia) finally has a near-full strength squad, it's looking good. We're playing very similar football as to the last couple of the seasons, but we definitely get the ball forward a lot quicker this season.

Overall, I'm very happy and quite confident we can take a play-off place. Not many people are talking about us making the play-offs, so I'm quite happy that there's less attention on us. I think our win in the week against QPR has showed we really mean business.

We'll be there or there abouts - somewhere between 5th-7th.

Q: You have loaned Keith Andrews from us this season. What has been your assessment of him so far?

A: Yeah, I like Keith. I said earlier in the season, to yourselves, he has been fantastic and really I've got no reason to change my mind about him.

He's come in and played the disciplined holding role in midfield and younger players like Rohan Ince and Jake Forster-Caskey have learnt from him.

At times he can look a bit basic in possession, but a lot of the off-the-ball movements and pressing off the ball have always been there. I would be VERY happy to see him here full-time at the end of the season.

Q: Which has been the strongest team to play at AMEX Stadium this season so far; Why?

A: I don't really think any team in the division - including us - is particularly outstanding. Anyone can beat anyone on their day. This was epitomised when we lost at home to Barnsley on a Tuesday, then beat Leicester City pretty comprehensively on the Saturday in possibly our best performance of the season.

The best we've seen at the AMEX was probably Nottingham Forest. We lost 3-1; we were particularly poor and they were on their best form of the season. But, bar that, we've not really lost a game where we've just been second-best around the pitch.

Q: Who would you consider to be your biggest threat to Bolton this weekend?

A: Good question! If you were to look at the obvious ones I'd say our leading man, Leonardo Ulloa. He's missed a lot of the season through injury but I think he's got about 12 goals and he's currently on a hot streak of scoring. He's getting back to his best and sooner or later he's going to really punish someone.

Jesse Lingard has come in from Manchester United and looked pretty exciting so far, but not got on the score sheet yet. Other attacking players like Will Buckley and Kazenga LuaLua are ones to look out for, as well as young Solly March if he gets on. Keep an eye out for Rohan Ince, too. He's very Patrick Viera-like, but can burst forward a la Yaya Toure.

Q: Who would you expect Oscar Garcia to have a plan for on the Bolton team sheet?

A: Well I've noticed that Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason have gone to Bolton and started scoring goals. Both are potentially good players and players who we were rumoured to be looking at during the January transfer window. I'd expect those two to be high on list on danger man.

I also quite like the lad, Andre Moritz - despite really being Palace scum! Technically, he's a very good player and pitches in with goals from midfield, which are usually pretty spectacular!

Q: Finally, what do you believe this weekend's score will be?

A: I said last time, I'm not big on predictions but I would like to point out that I got the last one bang on correct! Just don't ask me for some lottery numbers!

We're in very good form and obviously yourselves have been picking up some good points lately. I would expect us to win but you know what the Championship is like. It's crazy and anything can happen!

I'd have to stick my neck out and say we will win 2-1 in a bit of a scrappy affair. Let's just hope none of our current strikers trip up the ref like last time!

Burnden Aces would like to thank Chris for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @chrisfield25.

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