How would you sum up Brighton's season so far?
Season of two halves! We were definitely going down had Sami Hyypia stayed in charge. In fact the season turned against Reading. Two down to ruddy Glenn Murray at home after 26 minutes in our first game without Sami and I thought the drop was inevitable. Luckily the players and Nathan Jones didn't and we came back to force the draw. The feel good factor and momentum from that game carried us on to fantastic away performances at Fulham and Charlton, got the crowd behind the side, and eventually saw our home form return. We had 20 points from 23 games after Boxing Day - we've picked up another 20 from just 12 games since and we should stay up.
The two sides met around the turn of the year with both clubs going through managerial changes, how have fans taken to Chris Hughton?
He's very popular and most fans I know love having him in charge. He's intelligent, measured, pragmatic and inspiring. Sami was neither of the last two things and perhaps over thought it. The side look far more organised and up for it too. Probably the best thing to happen to the club since the Poyet debacle.
Is this a one season blip or do fans fear for the short-term future?
Good question. It SHOULD be a one season blip. We still have a fairly poor squad compared to two years ago and yet we have picked up a 1.66 point average under Hughton. You'd imagine if he gets to bring in other players of the calibre of Kayal we'll be back in the top half next season. The big questions for us are financial. Can we compete with increased parachute payments? Will Tony Bloom keep digging in to his own pockets? Can we continue to attract over 20,000 season ticket holders as the novelty of The Amex wears off?
Who should Reading fans be wary of on Tuesday night?
Beram Kayal has been outstanding as a box to box midfielder since signing from Celtic and has provided real energy. Inigo Calderon has been scoring freely from right midfield, including one with his beard, and Kazenga Lua Lua will be back to full fitness, rejuvenated under his old boss and starting thanks to a season ending injury to Sam Baldock.
Anyone that Brighton fans are worried about?
All I'm going to say is thank goodness you don't have Murray any more.
One all. A draw would probably suit both sides at the moment.
Finally who do you think will win promotion and be relegated from the Championship?
Relegation really should be the current bottom three. Eight points is a massive gap at this stage, There's often a side that enters free fall and this seems to be Fulham but neither Wigan or Millwall seem to be able to take advantage. Blackpool are gone. I feel for their fans. With five points between seventh and first promotion is impossible to predict. You'd think Derby had the quality but they're on a serious wobble. To be honest you might as well draw lots for it at the moment.
I don't know what you guys think but I'm not absolutely convinced that this state of affairs is as a result of a lot of good sides. I'd say the Championship quality this season is average at best and I can only see it getting worse.
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