Albion travel to Huddersfield this weekend in the hope of climbing back up into the play-off spots with a victory over the newly-promoted side.
A respectable point at Wolves – albeit disappointing given the circumstances – kept Poyet’s men situated in 8th place in the table, with the Seagulls having rediscovered their scoring touch of late. Unfortunately goals have also leaked in the other end as the side seek to strike a balance.
Simon Grayson’s Terriers, much like Albion before them, have had no problems settling into life in the Championship following promotion from League One – with the Yorkshire side currently sat in the play-off spots. They will be looking to keep that momentum going as the busy festive period approaches.
Gus Poyet insists that his players need to just concentrate on the simple things as they approach a tricky tie.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “We need to win football games and we are doing practically everything, but not quite enough. As a group we are quite crazy about looking for solutions and options but we have got to be careful not to complicate things, because football is very simple. We are the ones that complicate football.
“We try too hard to do things that are not possible. We have been nearly there recently, and it’s like hitting 99 pence, but not the one pound. That is something that we would like to change on Saturday and the reaction I’m looking for is to get the three points.
“If the opposition is better or we have a bad day, we have got to accept that and move on, but last Saturday was there for us to take and we didn’t. If that only happens once, then okay, but it can’t happen again. We need to play the game in the proper way.
“But Huddersfield have started well and they are a typical Simon Grayson team – they are difficult to play against. They have plenty of options up front with plenty of strikers. If we can control their strikers we have half of the game done.”
Huddersfield Town Team News:
Norwich loanee James Vaughan is set to miss out with a thigh injury, although fellow striker Jermaine Beckford has recovered from the knock that forced an early withdrawal at Barnsley.
Midfielder Oscar Gobern remains unavailable as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.
Player to watch: Jermaine Beckford
One of the Championship’s top marksmen, Beckford has bagged 3 goals in his last 6 games for Huddersfield, having made a late loan move from Leicester in September. With plenty of pace and a cool head in-front of goal, the 28-year-old will likely line-up in attack alongside Simon Church and/or Lee Novak.
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Adam El-Abd may return from a hamstring injury, whilst Wayne Bridge is a doubt after pulling up with a tight calf against Wolves – both will be assessed ahead of the weekend.
Vicente remains the only player sidelined, as Poyet has an otherwise fully fit squad to choose from.
Player to watch: Stephen Dobbie
A deadline day signing from Premier League Swansea, the Scottish forward has started to make his mark in the first team following a slow start. With 2 goals in his last 2 outings, including a stoppage time winner over Peterborough, he’ll be looking to continue his scoring run.
Although Albion lead the overall head to head, wins against Huddersfield have been hard to come by in recent years – with just one victory in their last 9 meetings.
Their two most recent clashes came in Albion’s League One title winning season in 2010/11 – Huddersfield the only side to achieve the double over the Seagulls that year.
That double included a 3-2 success in the last ever match at Withdean, Danny Ward and Benik Afobe grabbing the goals to keep the Terriers in with a chance of second place – Albion of course had already wrapped up the title.
Simon Hooper will take charge of this one.