How Brighton's form has changed quicker than a Starsky and Hutch U-turn

By Ian Hart

Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter has overseen a remarkable turnaround in fortunes
Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter has overseen a remarkable turnaround in fortunes

Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson famously once said “A week in Politics is a long time”, and it’s certainly been an almost watershed seven or so days for the Albion.

After the first Amex win of the season against a lacklustre Tottenham side it was a visit to the current home of the Premier League trophy, Liverpool, last Wednesday.

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And after a superb team performance, Graham Potter’s men returned home with all three points, courtesy the 1-0 win, Albion’s first league victory at Anfield since March 1982.

Whilst it was very much a case of ‘After the Lord Mayors Show’ at Burnley on Saturday, it was a point gained on the back of the 1-1 result.

Team’s clearly don’t get relegated in February, but with a possible 11 out of the last 15, its now fairly safe to say that the Albion WON’T get relegated this year.

So, for many, including myself, time for almost a Starsky and Hutch U-turn and a little piece of humble pie.

As I’ve previously commented in this column, having witnessed seven Albion relegations, a month or so ago this had all the hallmarks of an eighth.

The margins are very fine in top level football, and we could so easily have been looking at the Albion cast adrift in a four-way relegation fight with the current bottom three.

But Mr Potter has stopped tinkering and got that all important slice of lady luck and things have all fallen into place.

A lot of us got it wrong, so for the ones who supposedly got it right, just accept it and lets all move on together, without vitriol or venom. That said there was a huge amount of disappointment at the end of what should have been a momentous week for the Albion.

Prior to the Covid 19 pandemic, Cap’t Tom Moore was only really known to his family, friends and business associates, but then his selfless act of, what started out at raising £100 for the NHS eventually turned him into a National Treasure, raising nearly £40 million and someone that typifies everything that is good about our country.

Sadly, and ironically, he passed away as a result of Covid last Tuesday, yet football bosses in this country despite being given the opportunity, chose not to mark his death and his respect his memory in the subsequent full football programme from Tuesday night onwards.

In these sad, unprecedented times not making such a gesture is frankly disgraceful.