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Seagulls soar

Whenever I look at the Premier table, which I admit to doing quite often, what do I see?

Brighton in sixth place.

Above Spurs and well above Arsenal, both well supported down here.

Admittedly our 3 wins over Burnley, Watford and Brentford could not be classed as against top opposition – and when we played Everton we were well beaten – but a good start is the foundation of survival and that is still the hope of the fans.

The key to Brighton’s success is team spirit.

We don t have any big stars, the closest to one is the talented midfielder Yves Bissouma, but guys like one club man Lewis Dunk who week in week out lays his body on the line for the Albion.

Praise must also go to intelligent coach Graham Potter and owner Tony Bloom.

Tony is definitely one of our own, he watched the victory over Brentford with the Brighton fans.

Mind you, he does not have the best of relationships with Brentford chairman Matthew Benham who once worked for him.

Brighton’s other major asset is consistency of selection.

Potter plays a 3-4-1-2.

Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster form the three in defence with Big Dan Burn injured in midfield Joel Veltman, Adam Lallana, Yves Bissouma and new signing from Getafe Cucurella feature.

Lamptey and Solly March will play on the flanks once fit.

Leandro Trossard plays behind the front two of Danny Welbeck and Neil Maupay one of the few without international honours.

The main weakness is upfront as Brighton do not convert enough chances.

Next weekend is a big one for Brighton and Sussex sport.

On Saturday, the Sussex Sharks contest the T20 final at Edgbaston with an opening semi against Kent.

On Sunday the Seagulls play host to Leicester City.

I can only admire Leicester who in recent years  have sold Kante, Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire and  Mahrez but still unearth talent like Youri Tieleman, enabling them to compete at the highest level.

They too seem to have an owner who is popular and hands-on. It will be a stern test for the Seagulls who have prospered even without Ben White sold to Arsenal for £50m.

About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts

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