Play-offs are the priority for Seagulls

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Ashley Barnes insists a play-off push is the priority, despite the excitement of the FA Cup.

Albion have won back-to-back league games for the first time since September.

They also have the prospect of home FA Cup tie against Arsenal and Swansea a week next Saturday.

Barnes said: “We are concentrating on the league and getting back into the play-offs, where we want to be.

“The play-offs were our aim at the start of the season – or hopefully in the top two “There is always one team who comes with a run and sneaks in there and hopefully that can be us.

“We’ll think about the cup game around our league games.”

Barnes scored the opener a 2-1 win over Derby yesterday.

He said: “We should have killed the game early on but that was the way it went and fortunately we came through it.”

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5:44pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Hovite says...

Too right, the FA cup is just a competitive training session.
Too right, the FA cup is just a competitive training session. Hovite

5:44pm Sun 13 Jan 13

saraman says...

Too right it's a priority Ash. Just to get to the final at Wembley would be a great financial boost. Can't see a top two finishes unless we only drop a few points from here on in. A top six finish as Gus said is there for the taking. Ash doesn't consider himself a mere L1 or Championship player, he's aiming higher. Fasten your seat belts Albion supporters, we're on our way.
Too right it's a priority Ash. Just to get to the final at Wembley would be a great financial boost. Can't see a top two finishes unless we only drop a few points from here on in. A top six finish as Gus said is there for the taking. Ash doesn't consider himself a mere L1 or Championship player, he's aiming higher. Fasten your seat belts Albion supporters, we're on our way. saraman

5:48pm Sun 13 Jan 13

jockithenoo says...

The cup run is ok but its the league run that gets you to the premiership.
Just seen that Uruguayan forward Sebastian Fernandez its looking to move to England.
Brighton have been mentioned with Norwich and the saints.
Gus use you're magic if he's good enough.
UTA
The cup run is ok but its the league run that gets you to the premiership. Just seen that Uruguayan forward Sebastian Fernandez its looking to move to England. Brighton have been mentioned with Norwich and the saints. Gus use you're magic if he's good enough. UTA jockithenoo

6:21pm Sun 13 Jan 13

BobbyLaverick says...

Other teams appear to be ganging up against the Albion :

"They also have the prospect of home FA Cup tie against Arsenal AND Swansea a week next Saturday".

What a match that will be to referee!
Other teams appear to be ganging up against the Albion : "They also have the prospect of home FA Cup tie against Arsenal AND Swansea a week next Saturday". What a match that will be to referee! BobbyLaverick

6:40pm Sun 13 Jan 13

dave from bexill says...

Hovite wrote:
Too right, the FA cup is just a competitive training session.
I can't really see why a cup game will affect our push towards the goal of reaching the play offs. I find the thought of playing Arsenal or Swansea absolutely mouthwatering.
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: Too right, the FA cup is just a competitive training session.[/p][/quote]I can't really see why a cup game will affect our push towards the goal of reaching the play offs. I find the thought of playing Arsenal or Swansea absolutely mouthwatering. dave from bexill

6:59pm Sun 13 Jan 13

John Groats says...

jockithenoo wrote:
The cup run is ok but its the league run that gets you to the premiership.
Just seen that Uruguayan forward Sebastian Fernandez its looking to move to England.
Brighton have been mentioned with Norwich and the saints.
Gus use you're magic if he's good enough.
UTA
Sebastián Fernández is 5 foot 5 and has a fairly poor goalscoring record so i would be surprised if we signed him
[quote][p][bold]jockithenoo[/bold] wrote: The cup run is ok but its the league run that gets you to the premiership. Just seen that Uruguayan forward Sebastian Fernandez its looking to move to England. Brighton have been mentioned with Norwich and the saints. Gus use you're magic if he's good enough. UTA[/p][/quote]Sebastián Fernández is 5 foot 5 and has a fairly poor goalscoring record so i would be surprised if we signed him John Groats

7:04pm Sun 13 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

I find the idea of playing Arsenal or Swansea very lucrative, has to be worth in excess of 450k+ to Brighton.

A win in the next round would be worth another 450k+

The playoffs are our goal but we should not lose sight of the fact that the cup money could help us reach them.
I find the idea of playing Arsenal or Swansea very lucrative, has to be worth in excess of 450k+ to Brighton. A win in the next round would be worth another 450k+ The playoffs are our goal but we should not lose sight of the fact that the cup money could help us reach them. VegasSeagull

8:18pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Hovite says...

dave from bexill wrote:
Hovite wrote:
Too right, the FA cup is just a competitive training session.
I can't really see why a cup game will affect our push towards the goal of reaching the play offs. I find the thought of playing Arsenal or Swansea absolutely mouthwatering.
If you have a healthy squad of players it shouldn't make any difference, but if you are relying on the same ones, and playing 3 games in a week it can have an affect on league games and even play off finals.

We don't have to worry about that at the moment though, but we can play the FA Cup just for fun. If we can do that, we may go far in it.

Yep I wouldn't disagree with it being mouthwatering and it is also a welcome break from the Championship.
[quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: Too right, the FA cup is just a competitive training session.[/p][/quote]I can't really see why a cup game will affect our push towards the goal of reaching the play offs. I find the thought of playing Arsenal or Swansea absolutely mouthwatering.[/p][/quote]If you have a healthy squad of players it shouldn't make any difference, but if you are relying on the same ones, and playing 3 games in a week it can have an affect on league games and even play off finals. We don't have to worry about that at the moment though, but we can play the FA Cup just for fun. If we can do that, we may go far in it. Yep I wouldn't disagree with it being mouthwatering and it is also a welcome break from the Championship. Hovite

9:46pm Sun 13 Jan 13

fratsomrover says...

Winning back to back league games for the first time since September isn't really top two form is it ? We might make the play offs but we not only have to keep winning, but we have to score more goals. In such a tight division, play-off places may be decided by goal difference and it is vital we start winning games by bigger margins, like v Ipswich. We should have scored more yesterday and we will not get many more chances than we did yesterday. Here's hoping Hoskins gets a run and that Ulloah turns out to be the striker we are lacking
Winning back to back league games for the first time since September isn't really top two form is it ? We might make the play offs but we not only have to keep winning, but we have to score more goals. In such a tight division, play-off places may be decided by goal difference and it is vital we start winning games by bigger margins, like v Ipswich. We should have scored more yesterday and we will not get many more chances than we did yesterday. Here's hoping Hoskins gets a run and that Ulloah turns out to be the striker we are lacking fratsomrover

10:32pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Alfie T says...

fratsomrover wrote:
Winning back to back league games for the first time since September isn't really top two form is it ? We might make the play offs but we not only have to keep winning, but we have to score more goals. In such a tight division, play-off places may be decided by goal difference and it is vital we start winning games by bigger margins, like v Ipswich. We should have scored more yesterday and we will not get many more chances than we did yesterday. Here's hoping Hoskins gets a run and that Ulloah turns out to be the striker we are lacking
Your New Years resolution to be positive in 2013 didn't last very long did it!
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Winning back to back league games for the first time since September isn't really top two form is it ? We might make the play offs but we not only have to keep winning, but we have to score more goals. In such a tight division, play-off places may be decided by goal difference and it is vital we start winning games by bigger margins, like v Ipswich. We should have scored more yesterday and we will not get many more chances than we did yesterday. Here's hoping Hoskins gets a run and that Ulloah turns out to be the striker we are lacking[/p][/quote]Your New Years resolution to be positive in 2013 didn't last very long did it! Alfie T

8:49am Mon 14 Jan 13

PittaPatta says...

After watching a very poor Hull performance against Sheffield Wednesday the other night, I am convinced that the Championship will continue to ebb and flow in the positional sense of things. All it takes now is a some minor adjusting in the team, and we could well end up soaring into the top two quite easily.
The only thing that the Derby game emphasised on the season to date, is that we continue to be a team of two distinctly different halves. If we can somehow start as we did against the Rams, and then maintain the momentum and attitude into the latter stages of our matches, then anything is possible.
The best teams choose brief periods in games, in which to take their foot off their pace and performance, in order to alter the response of the opposition. This tactic is usually only to recharge for the remainder of the game, and not to simply sit back on a one or two goal lead that might be in place.
For some reason we are not managing our offensive/defensive balance very well. Take Liam Bridcutt out of the team, and we would be struggling imho. Take CMS out of the team :
After watching a very poor Hull performance against Sheffield Wednesday the other night, I am convinced that the Championship will continue to ebb and flow in the positional sense of things. All it takes now is a some minor adjusting in the team, and we could well end up soaring into the top two quite easily. The only thing that the Derby game emphasised on the season to date, is that we continue to be a team of two distinctly different halves. If we can somehow start as we did against the Rams, and then maintain the momentum and attitude into the latter stages of our matches, then anything is possible. The best teams choose brief periods in games, in which to take their foot off their pace and performance, in order to alter the response of the opposition. This tactic is usually only to recharge for the remainder of the game, and not to simply sit back on a one or two goal lead that might be in place. For some reason we are not managing our offensive/defensive balance very well. Take Liam Bridcutt out of the team, and we would be struggling imho. Take CMS out of the team : PittaPatta

9:20am Mon 14 Jan 13

raymondo999 says...

Danny Blanchflower said football is about glory. Those of us who were at the Albion cup final tasted glory. Take note those who think the cup is a waste of space. Getting promotion when you are not ready for it and getting thumped every week is definitely not glory.
Danny Blanchflower said football is about glory. Those of us who were at the Albion cup final tasted glory. Take note those who think the cup is a waste of space. Getting promotion when you are not ready for it and getting thumped every week is definitely not glory. raymondo999

10:57am Mon 14 Jan 13

Yogi says...

The priority should just be to win every game we play, simples.
The priority should just be to win every game we play, simples. Yogi

11:04am Mon 14 Jan 13

fratsomrover says...

Alfie T wrote:
fratsomrover wrote:
Winning back to back league games for the first time since September isn't really top two form is it ? We might make the play offs but we not only have to keep winning, but we have to score more goals. In such a tight division, play-off places may be decided by goal difference and it is vital we start winning games by bigger margins, like v Ipswich. We should have scored more yesterday and we will not get many more chances than we did yesterday. Here's hoping Hoskins gets a run and that Ulloah turns out to be the striker we are lacking
Your New Years resolution to be positive in 2013 didn't last very long did it!
On the contrary, I'm the eternal optimist Alfie. As I said, here's hoping a new strike force will provide us with what has been lacking this season, more goals !
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Winning back to back league games for the first time since September isn't really top two form is it ? We might make the play offs but we not only have to keep winning, but we have to score more goals. In such a tight division, play-off places may be decided by goal difference and it is vital we start winning games by bigger margins, like v Ipswich. We should have scored more yesterday and we will not get many more chances than we did yesterday. Here's hoping Hoskins gets a run and that Ulloah turns out to be the striker we are lacking[/p][/quote]Your New Years resolution to be positive in 2013 didn't last very long did it![/p][/quote]On the contrary, I'm the eternal optimist Alfie. As I said, here's hoping a new strike force will provide us with what has been lacking this season, more goals ! fratsomrover

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