Inside Track: Brighton

By SFC Media Wed 31 Jan Saints v Brighton
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The Argus journalist Andy Naylor gives us the lowdown on the Seagulls, ahead of Wednesday night's encounter at St Mary's

What have fans made of Brighton’s transfer dealings in January?

Boosting the strike force has been the priority since promotion.

They missed out in the summer, but the £14 million club record capture of Jurgen Locadia from PSV Eindhoven provides the combination of pace and power they have been lacking once he recovers from a hamstring injury.

On top of that, the return of Leo Ulloa, a popular goalscorer in consecutive play-off campaigns in the Championship, has further lifted optimism levels for the challenge ahead


What’s the mood like around the Amex at the moment? Is this debut Premier League season going as supporters expected?

A little nervy following the slide towards danger. Having said that, rational supporters knew what to expect and would bite your hand off for 17th.


Steven Davis celebrates scoring Saints' goal at the Amex Stadium in October

How would you assess results and performances so far?

Generally speaking they have acquitted themselves well.

The only two bad performances came in 2-0 away defeats at Huddersfield and West Brom.
Too many home draws have hampered them. If a couple had been turned into wins they would be much more comfortably placed.

Which player(s) will be key to Brighton’s chances at St Mary’s?

Australian international Mathew Ryan has done well between the posts, Lewis Dunk has been outstanding in the centre of defence.

Former Saints loanee Dale Stephens has been a model of midfield consistency and Glenn Murray has eight goals now in the PL and FA Cup, a respectable tally in a team in the bottom half that does not create many chances away from home.


What are Brighton supporters expecting from Southampton on Wednesday night?

Tight with not many goals.

Murray’s fortunate late winner in the FA Cup at Middlesbrough was their first away goal for over eleven-and-a-half hours. They would take a draw, with injury-hit West Ham to follow at the Amex.

 


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