View From The Town End: Brighton

Charlie Crowhurst

It's the start of a pivotal week for the Royals who face two big play-off rivals in the space of four days in the shape of Brighton and Leeds. First up is a trip to the AMEX where we face a Brighton side who like ourselves have been inconsistent but have hung around the play-offs most of the year. We spoke to Jason from Brighton Only At Home to get his views on tomorrow's game.

How would you sum up Albion's season so far?

I can do it in one word. Frustrating. We've had frustrating injuries, frustrating referees, frustrating transfer dealings and frustrating finishing. It's a word I've completely overused.

Oscar Garcia got off to slow start after succeeding Gus Poyet, what have you made of him in his first season in charge?

I like him a lot. Where Gus was showy and tended to make other clubs hate us Oscar is phlegmatic (in the extreme) and seems to be a ‘football nerd'. We haven't clicked at any point this season - at least not quite - and have had tons of injuries. Yet we have a similar number of points as we did last season at this stage. When he gets a few more of ‘his' players in I think we'll go nuts.

Reading and Brighton ground out a 0-0 at the Madejski earlier this season before losing 1-0 in the cup. What did you make of Reading on those days and in what you've seen of them since?

I watched the game at Reading on TV (bad fan) but I was at our FA Cup game. The game at the Mad Stad was an odd one. Two very harsh sending offs should have opened it up but instead they closed it right down. The best thing Reading did was take Drenthe off as he looked like he was about to make it 9 v 10. I thought we played really well in the Cup game - it's my son's favourite ever game though, to be fair, he's only ever been to five of them - but I didn't think you got out of second gear.

Who are you not looking to facing on Saturday?

Le Fondre. I always fear a team's top scorer because we are currently struggling to score more than once a game. If he sticks one away we'll struggle to get two. That said, having read the report of the Yeovil game and seen the highlights on FLS even he's not scaring me that much. My impression is that your big names are failing to impress though that's based on two games against us and some cursory Googling. McAnuff always does well against us and Federici was awesome here in the season you went up but neither seems to be near the first team.

Who should Reading fans be worried about?

Rohan Ince because he's harder than Chuck Norris and Jesse Lingard because, as he's on loan from Man U, he has the ability to hypnotise refs in to giving penalties. They all do, except the ones Moyes bought, obviously.

Score prediction?

Both games have been close and there's only been one goal in 180 minutes so I'm going for 8-0 to us. Seriously though, it'll probably end up 1-1.

Any tips for fans heading to the AMEX?

Yes. If you're drinking then drink in the pubs in town. Most are friendly and serve good real ale and food (I'd avoid the Railway Bell though). Your only alcohol option at the ground is the concourse. It's a good few miles out of town. If you're driving use the park and ride and get there early. Try the pies.

Finally who do you see filling those three promotion spots come the end of May?

You can't look past Leicester for Champions and I think Burnley will hold on for second, though oddly we beat both easily at The Amex. At the time of writing Wigan look good for the third club. Rosler's got them on a charge and they've managed to get rid of that silly Thursday night competition in time.

Thanks again to Jason and you can follow him and the site on Twitter @BHAFConlyathome

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