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24 Nov 2012


Good morning everyone. This has got to be one of the first away games that I have ever thought, 'I am really happy I am not at the game today`. Yes, I have travelled up and down the country on very slow coaches supporting the Whites, but twelve hours of nothing for a 2 hour stop over sounds just awful. You can`t even get drunk on those coaches either. Fair play to the ones that have made the journey.

It`s game five for Douglas. It better be win two. I hope that in the past few weeks, Freedman has got it into these players` heads that if we are to finish anywhere near the top six, we need to start winning games when they are there for the taking.

Vital Quotes:

One of the best things about Dougie Freedman is his honesty when talking to the press. He`s optimistic like Coyle, but unlike his predecessor, you feel like there is something tangible to take from what he says. Instead of trying to get through a press conference by using buzzwords and filler, there is a lot of good content in his words, and I think this will help maintain the good relationship he has started with the fans.

Talking about our recent 'run`, Dougie said "I understand that we have gone four games undefeated, and obviously I would like to have more points if I am very honest, but it is something to build on. I think that we can keep on building and get into the top half - this division is very close and six points could be the difference come then end of the season. Next month is important as we can get some points back and get into the top half"

Brighton and Hove Albion Team News:

Gus Poyet`s men should have a largely fit squad to choose from this afternoon, with the exception of former England International defender (who can`t defend) Wayne Bridge. He`s too busy following his missus` every movements/being injured and having to see a specialist. Whilst Brighton have some very good attacking players, one man returning could be the difference today.

Player to watch: Tomasz Kuszczak

The former United keeper has finally found a club where he can get regular gametime, but I imagine he knew that this wouldn`t be the case when he joined the Scum. However, whenever I have seen him play, he has looked a very good keeper, who now has bags of top-level experience. I imagine that is where he wants to be, the top, and where I think he deserves to be. Even if we don`t shoot the ball straight at him, we will still find it hard to get past him today.

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

The usual suspects are still out, and Warnock faces a late fitness test. Gregg Wylde is unavailable after being loaned to Bury; JUST HOW WILL WE SURVIVE????

Player to watch: Jay Spearing

If we are going to win away from home, we need to get hold of the ball as much as possible. We need to see every ounce of combativeness from our Scouse bulldog today. If Jay can nullify their creativity in the middle of the park, and get it to our attacking players, then that is half the battle.

Match Facts & Stats

We haven`t beaten Brighton in 35 years!!!! To be fair, we haven`t played them in 19. Our record against them: 4W 4D 4L.

Match Prediction:

The unbeaten run will end today. 2-0 Brighton. Sorry, that`s just what I think.

Next Fixtures:

We play those chicken farmers on Wednesday night in Royston Vasey. We need to win that one. Must do. COYWM!!!

Date:Saturday November 24 2012
Time: 12:04PM

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a few years ago we would never be worrying about losing to Brighton but not it seems like we're equal
24/11/2012 12:31:00
How does the site poll actually work!? Currently it's 1% Brighton 66% Draw 33% Bolton. I may only teach maths in a primary school but that is statistically impossible without a huge number of people voting, surely!?
24/11/2012 13:17:00
Would actually have really liked to go to the game today (but can't)...that's cos I could see my brother who lives there and I only live in London. Hey ho. COYWM.
24/11/2012 13:19:00
First time I've ever seen a blogger here predict a defeat, :O!
24/11/2012 13:43:00
how the mighty crumble, a few years ago we go to Bayern Munich and get a result, today Brighton are expected to win. Once went for a job interview there and left Brighton in failure, Deja Vu i fear - Skippy remains optimistic which doesnt really help me but then again who knows " hey skippy give me 6 numbers for tonights lottery " ttt, tt, t, ttt
aussie mike
24/11/2012 14:01:00
Wish i knew what ttt,tt,t actually means, i could be rich !!
aussie mike
24/11/2012 14:03:00
Why no Petrov? Why no Alonso again? Sordell? Grow some - pathetic! Well done No'Goal - Bolton legend now!!!! Always knew he would come good! lol
24/11/2012 18:11:00
After the team Doogie put out today stealing a draw is quite an achievement. How is he still persisting with Pratley? and Ream in midfield? that experiment has already failed several times. We may be unbeaten but we are getting worse. What exactly has Petrov done by the way to not even make the bench?
Back of the Net
24/11/2012 20:42:00
He wasn't playing because he slept with Coyle's Sister and now he's done it to Dougie's.
25/11/2012 13:19:00
I think we can best describe that performance as "lucky". I'm still amazed after watching the highlights that we haven't lost by 3 or 4. But all respect to Dougie - he set them up to be solid, left out anyone naturally useless at tracking back (Petrov), put Ream in midfield to give a bit more solidity (Allardyce did the same with Campo and Hierro) and we've avoided defeat away to one of the better teams in this league. As long as that carries on I think I'll be happy enough...
26/11/2012 12:10:00
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