Having taken an impressive 10 points from the last 12 expectations will be high for Brightons visit to the John Smiths stadium this tuesday evening.
Town were in excellent form in the opening 16 minutes against Blackpool last saturday, scoring three quick fire goals through Grant Holt and a Harry Bunn brace, but defensive frailties were shown when they went from cruise control to a sudden panic mode as Blackpool hit us with two goals in as many minutes on the stroke of half-time.
Powell will certainly be wanting to keep things tighter over the course of the 90 minutes of this one and he’ll also be hoping the in-form Sean Scannell continues with his recent run of confidence filled displays. Brighton haven’t enjoyed the best of starts under new manager Sami Hyypia but are currently unbeaten in their last three away games in all competitions so they are not to be taken lightly by any means.
You’d expect the line-up to be unchanged from Saturdays 4-2 victory, if all fit, with top-scorer Nahki Wells starting on the bench for the third time in four matches. James Vaughan and Anthony Gerrard continue to recover from their injuries and Lee Peltier will be hoping to be pushing for a return to the side but following some recent good performances it is highly likely that Town will start with the same side.
Town 2-1 Brighton
I’m always wary of fixtures like this when we’re on a run of form. By that I mean it’s usually typical of Town to take what looks like a very winnable match on paper and make a dogs dinner of it. However, I thought that on Saturday also and Powell showed that he can get this team motivated for such occasions so I’m going to pick us to just edge a close battle.
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Unfortunately there will be no feature this week due to reasons beyond our control. We'll hopefully be back up and running as usual ahead of our visit to Ipswich this upcoming weekend.