Albion head to Bloomfield Road this weekend looking to emerge from their current prolonged goalless slump – taking on a Blackpool side who’ve had a similar dip in form.
Recording yet another 1-0 defeat at Championship leaders Leicester on Tuesday night, Poyet’s men unwillingly extended their winless run to 5 games – mustering just the one goal along the way.
Ian Holloway’s Tangerines have also seen the goals dry up after a table-topping start to the campaign. They currently lie in 12th place, having lost 4 of their last 6 matches, and will be as keen to stop the rot as their visitors.
Albion first team coach Charlie Oatway is confident the results will start to come, providing the side stay true to their philosophy and keep doing the basics defensively.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “We’re ready to go again at Blackpool. Nothing changes. We must stick to our beliefs because we are playing the best football this club has seen throughout the 12 to 14 years that I have been here.
“We will keep plugging away because the goals will come. When they do come we need to keep doing the same at the back and we’ll start winning one or two nil.”
Blackpool Team News:
Blackpool team news to follow.
Player to watch: Tom Ince
Arguably the division’s standout player up to this point, Ince, now an England u-21 regular, was instrumental in Blackpool’s storming start to the season. A gifted all-round attacker, Ince has the ability to cut in off the wings, or occupy a more central striking role.
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Andrea Orlandi is back in the frame, having overcome the calf injury that kept him out of the defeats against Middlesbrough and Leicester
Will Hoskins is edging closer to a return after scoring for the development squad, whilst Vicente continues to make progress from a muscle injury.
Player to watch: Tomasz Kuszczak
All the while Albion have been failing to stick the ball in the opposing net, Kuszczak has proved crucial in keeping the score down at the other end. A hugely talented and reliable shot-stopper, the Polish international will be hoping all his efforts between the sticks are not in vein this time round.
Kevin Phillips proved to be the star of the show in both meeting between the sides last season – notching four goals in all.
An entertaining 2-2 draw was played out at the Amex – Mackail-Smith and Barnes handing Albion a 2-0 lead before Phillips popped up with two second half goals to nick a point for Blackpool.
In the reverse fixture at Bloomfield Road, Holloway’s men ended Albion’s 12 match unbeaten run, with Phillips inspiring another come-back, after Joe Mattock had given the Seagulls an early lead.