Brighton huffed and puffed but failed to break down lowly Yeovil, who remain rooted to the foot of the table, in a frustrating afternoon at Huish Park as both sides played out a lacklustre goalless draw.
It must be considered a case of two points lost rather than one point gained for the Seagulls.
Despite creating numerous chances, Albion are, undeniably, missing a quality goalscorer and the sooner Leo Ulloa, Will Hoskins or Craig Mackail-Smith return from injury the better.
New signing Leroy Lita showed some decent touches when he came off the bench but is some way short of match fitness and has never been the clinical striker that Oscar Garcia craves: he and Will Buckley both missed gilt-edged chances and few teams can be considered promotion candidates with two goals on the road from six games.
BetVictor make Albion 4/7 for a top half finish, 5/1 for a top six berth and 12/1 to be promoted, but the concern remains... where will the goals come from?
We make QPR the Even Money favourites to finish the season top of the Championship; current leaders Burnley are as big as 12/1.
Brighton next host Gianfranco Zola’s free-scoring Watford side on Monday and the Hornets arrive on the back of a 3-2 home defeat to Derby County last weekend – a loss which dented their own promotion chances. Zola’s side are the joint top scorers in the division, averaging two goals a game but they will go forward in numbers and give the Seagulls chances.
Three wins from six on their travels shows the Hornets are a decent side on the road but we make the hosts 6/4 favourites, with Watford 7/4 and the draw 12/5.
I can see Albion nicking it through the odd goal and the 1-0 correct score looks over-priced at 9/1 with BetVictor – as does the Draw/Brighton double result at 11/2.
Lita is expected to lead the Seagulls line and, on his home debut, he might just be the one at 11/2 to open the scoring and 17/10 to net at any time in the 90 minutes.