Match Preview – Rotherham vs BHAFC – 12th January 2016

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I am back from my Christmas break which is the reason for the lack of match previews/reviews! Maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t report the matches, we seem to have turned sour since that Boro home defeat before Christmas. Anyway it is 2016, its the transfer window, our form can only get better, and I’m determined to be positive about the recently flying Seagulls!

We travel somewhere up north to an unknown land called ‘Rotherham’. Chris will be looking to get out of this current predicament we find ourselves in. Now is the best opportunity possible, although a Tuesday night game away to Rotherham does not sound like a high-scoring game. Lets be honest.


Last 5 games

The Albion currently sit with two draws and three losses in their last five matches. That’s 2 points from a potential 15. We have not made it any easier for ourselves though, two silly errors cost us 6 points vs Ipswich and Wolves (who were both completely underwhelming). So really those two losses aren’t as ‘bad’ they look, it’s not like they dominated us, it was just inexperienced defending but yes in the end a loss is a loss regardless of performance.

Rotherham have managed two wins and three losses in their last five matches. They dispatched Hull 2-0, and smashed debt-ridden Bolton 4-0. In the six games Rotherham have won this season, five of those games have been a clean sheet. This suggests that once they get the lead they are very able to hold on to it without conceding.

Likely Goal scorers

We have failed to score in something like 8 hours of football so picking a likely goal scorer is tough, however…

The first person that springs to mind is young centre back Connor Goldson. A tidy finish granted Wolves the win to make a hatrick of defeats at the Amex. Let’s not be too harsh, he had a decent performance after this blunder! Anthony Knockaert could get on the scoresheet if he gets to start. A very skilful and proven player in the Championship having played two full seasons with Leicester and a handful of games in the Premier League. Many Albion fans will be looking to him to reignite the Albion attack whilst also adding some flair too.

Meanwhile Rotherham on the other hand can look towards young striker, Jonson Clarke-Harris, who has notched up 6 goals this season.


We are looking forward to…

David Stockdale’s superb distribution! It’s just brilliant! Xabi Alonso is taking notes…

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Fact of the day:

Only Andre Gray (5) has scored more match-winning goals in the Championship this season than Brighton’s Tomer Hemed (4). That means Tomer has helped win us 12 points this season!

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Verdict

Personally I can’t see us magically playing well and getting a good victory here. Although that would be great to brighten up the spirits of players and fans alike. Rotherham are a team in relatively average form and Tuesday night away games are generally boring! I can only see a draw happening so 1-1. At least it means we’ve broken the goal drought! Please play a 4-4-2 Chris, anything else will guarantee the draw.

Score prediction:

1-1

BHAFC: Knockaert

Rotherham: Clarke-Harris

 

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