NO football action for our Seagulls this week but there was no rest for our striker Craig Mackail-Smith.
He was involved in the Euro internationals, starting for Scotland for his first full debut. And he scored the only goal of the game with his head in Liechtenstein to keep the chance of qualifying for the finals alive, at least that is until the Scots’ 3-1 defeat away to Spain on Tuesday night.
It was interesting to hear manager Gus Poyet confirm he is delighted for Craig to be representing his country.
He will never stand in an Albion player’s way. Gus, of course, played for Uruguay.
Gus will have used the gap in Brighton’s Championship schedule to get things right for the big game (they are all big) on Saturday.
Following a string of defeats the return to the Amex provides the chance to get back on track and consolidate our place in the play-offs.
Hull City, down from the Premiership, will have different ideas. They have the same points as us and are sixth to our fifth on goal difference. The match is another sell-out so there will be 22,000 there.
The Tigers will bring a large number of their own supporters to ensure a great atmosphere.
Kick off is at 5.30pm because of the neighbouring university’s open day.
I was interested to read the Sports Betting column along side my Scene last week.
You can’t argue with a bookie’s odds. It seems they think it is around 50/50 that Hull will get something from the game.
But suggesting that another loss will make us think in terms of survival rather than promotion was worryingly pessimistic. My 50p is firmly on the Seagulls to snatch all three points.
Gus has several options for his starting XI but apparently our long-term injured defenders, Tommy Elphick and Adam El-Abd, aren’t ready for consideration.
They must have been out for seven months now, and with our defence leaking nine goals in the last three games, Gus does need options.
He dropped our other stalwart from last season, Inigo Calderon, for the Palace game and I still don’t know what that was all about.
When our losing run started it was because we were slow to get going and left the fightback too late. Then we started well in the last two games only to lose momentum and concentration at the end.
If Gus can find a consistent 90 minute performance we will be back to winning ways.
After Hull it is up to Millwall on the Tuesday night, October 18.
Trips to the Lions’ Den are always interesting and visiting the New Den as favourites will give the match added spice.
The next Amex game is a big BIG game. West Ham, and the TV cameras, come on Monday evening, October 24. The match is sold out already.