It’s a been a tough old season with plenty of pushing, shoving and jostling for position. But as we get to the home straight, two groups have separated from the main pack and only a super-human effort (of Forest proportions) will see anyone 8th and below catching up now.
Cardiff, Hull, Watford and Palace are fighting for the top two – and good luck to them. The far more interesting fight is for the two remaining play-off spots between Brighton, Forest and Leicester. There is one point between the three of us and we all have to play each other – commencing with the big game following the return from the international break at the City Ground this Saturday.
One of the great memories of the heady of days of the old Division 1 was the win at the European Champions, Nottingham Forest. They had an unbeaten home record that went back to the dark ages. Yet little old Brighton came and fought and walked away with the 2 (!) points.
Another win this Saturday would set us up for the run-in perfectly, as well as dent Forest’s great run of wins – currently 6! A draw would do just fine, but a defeat means needing to win the two upcoming home games against Charlton and the Foxes.
As for the game itself, Forest are bound to come at us. We need to stay strong, but also, just like against Palace, combat their obvious attacking strengths with our own. Victory is not unfeasible and this could be another epic day in the history of Brighton and Hove Albion.