Post Match Brighton Pre Match Boro
Not really an advent calendar post but we were knocking a few things around yesterday which I thought were worth sharing.
Thus here’s a few thoughts on yesterday’s romp and also some pre match thoughts on what now looks a cracking game at Boro next week.
- The game was obviously done after 19 minutes and Brighton shored up a little with the introduction of the giant Rohan Ince in the CDM role. Seagulls fans may have justifiably considered why the bloody hell he didn’t start the game against the best midfield in the Championship, but that’s their problem.
- I saw last week that Brighton right back Bruno Salter has just been given a new contract. Apparently though, after his display yesterday, the club are now saying there has been an issue with the Christmas post.
- Although it would have been nice to have gone on and scored 6 or 7 I thought we actually played better football in the second half without the end product, it was shame 3 or 4 shots were straight at their dodgy keeper instead of a yard either side which would surely have flown in.
- It was great to see Chris Martin back to his best. Goals aside, he absolutely bullied their defence and his link up play was outstanding, a superb display from him.
- Fashion watch – what was going on with Jeff’s hair? His no gel bouffant was bizarre and weirdly made him look like Bamford!
- I thought Darren Bent looked quality yesterday and I couldn’t have been the only one who thought what a great January signing he would be for us. Similar to what Phillips did for Leicester last year, if he comes on or covers for Martin and wins us 6 points he would be worth every penny. Alternately, why not throw £3m to Chelsea for Bamford, signing a great player and shafting one of our rivals in the process? If we go up we can just sell him back to anyone in the Championship for a couple of million.
- So onto next week. Assuming Keogh is fit, he has to come back so I guess Bucko will step down. In terms of the holding role, I think Mac will keep faith with Omar and believe that trying to beat Boro is the best way to beat them as opposed to employing the Eust in a pure destroying role. In the wide roles, Russell is nailed on but don’t be surprised to see Wardy back in for Dawks. Bryson was another who was definitely back to his best yesterday, so I think he is nailed on but, again, don’t be surprised to see Hughes if Mac decides that ball retention is the way to win.
All nice problems to have and a far cry from wondering whether Tyson, Pearo or Chris Porter will be fit or wondering whether Freddy Stoors loan expires before or after the game.
Normal Advent action resumes tomorrow.