Albion backed by former striker to sustain promotion challenge

Steve Claridge in his playing days with Albion

Steve Claridge in his playing days with Albion

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Steve Claridge has backed Albion to stay in the Championship play-off zone.

The 1-0 win against in-form Birmingham at The Amex has lifted Oscar Garcia's side to sixth in the table.

Former Seagulls loan signing Claridge, speaking on the BBC's Football League Show, said: "I think they can (stay in the top six).

"We know they have got fantastic quality and a good squad. He (Oscar) has inherited a marevllous squad, a successful squad as well.

"They went very close last year, so they know what it takes at this level. I don't see any reason why they can't get that play-off spot again.

"They have fantastic support as well. It's looking good down there."

Meanwhile, Claridge believes the move of Albion striker Ashley Barnes to Burnley is an indication of the Lancastrian's credentials to remain in an automatic promotion place.

He said: "You can't have too many quality players and it will re-enforce the notion that they can go all the way. It will certainly have a really positive effect in that dressing room."

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1:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

Chi Gull says...

It's good to know that Andy Naylor stays up to watch the telly for us.
It's good to know that Andy Naylor stays up to watch the telly for us. Chi Gull
  • Score: 13

1:59am Sun 12 Jan 14

Vince says...

When Steve Claridge praises us - it's usually the kiss of death. I still remember the occasion in our first season when we were top after 6 games when he said "Brighton have players throughout the team who can score - we then got 3 points from our next 9 games!
The following season - he didn't have a good word to say about us - and we finished 4th!
When Steve Claridge praises us - it's usually the kiss of death. I still remember the occasion in our first season when we were top after 6 games when he said "Brighton have players throughout the team who can score - we then got 3 points from our next 9 games! The following season - he didn't have a good word to say about us - and we finished 4th! Vince
  • Score: 7

8:23am Sun 12 Jan 14

Far gull says...

Have just viewed our away fixtures, could be telling few weeks, that said our away form better than hm.
Any more news on incoming players? Am assuming Bridcutt gone,smokescreen of injury makes you laugh .. Just one thought though if he was fit and transfer delayed till end of the month ,with Crofts out would we now use him along with Andrews and Ince as the games are away. Allowing Ince and Andrews to move up the pitch ?
Was impressed by Aguestin in last home game but the guy never seems fit enough for a full game,he's been here six months ! Lita never got a look in but was sharper when he did come on that Okobi in his cameo.
Net result I hope irons that are in the fire come to fruission .
Have just viewed our away fixtures, could be telling few weeks, that said our away form better than hm. Any more news on incoming players? Am assuming Bridcutt gone,smokescreen of injury makes you laugh .. Just one thought though if he was fit and transfer delayed till end of the month ,with Crofts out would we now use him along with Andrews and Ince as the games are away. Allowing Ince and Andrews to move up the pitch ? Was impressed by Aguestin in last home game but the guy never seems fit enough for a full game,he's been here six months ! Lita never got a look in but was sharper when he did come on that Okobi in his cameo. Net result I hope irons that are in the fire come to fruission . Far gull
  • Score: 6

8:43am Sun 12 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Far gull wrote:
Have just viewed our away fixtures, could be telling few weeks, that said our away form better than hm.
Any more news on incoming players? Am assuming Bridcutt gone,smokescreen of injury makes you laugh .. Just one thought though if he was fit and transfer delayed till end of the month ,with Crofts out would we now use him along with Andrews and Ince as the games are away. Allowing Ince and Andrews to move up the pitch ?
Was impressed by Aguestin in last home game but the guy never seems fit enough for a full game,he's been here six months ! Lita never got a look in but was sharper when he did come on that Okobi in his cameo.
Net result I hope irons that are in the fire come to fruission .
We have lost two of our top three goal scorers, ulloa looked off the pace, where are the goals going to come from?
Leicester with all there firepower are going to sign Phillips for rest of season, which I think is a great move, I can't say obika is not the answer, but his injury record not great... Cms is a month away from actual full training, add say 2 weeks to get closer to a return and we are talking end of February, that's of he has no reaction , again with the pitches being so heavy, I would not risk him .
Over next 17 days the clubs desire and ability to press for promotion will be under scrutiny by its action in the transfer window,
Does TB tell bridcutt he can leave in the summer, or are we going to open the purse strings ....
We are short or at least two players, crofts and Barnes won't be easy to replace, how about Dean Hammond ?
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: Have just viewed our away fixtures, could be telling few weeks, that said our away form better than hm. Any more news on incoming players? Am assuming Bridcutt gone,smokescreen of injury makes you laugh .. Just one thought though if he was fit and transfer delayed till end of the month ,with Crofts out would we now use him along with Andrews and Ince as the games are away. Allowing Ince and Andrews to move up the pitch ? Was impressed by Aguestin in last home game but the guy never seems fit enough for a full game,he's been here six months ! Lita never got a look in but was sharper when he did come on that Okobi in his cameo. Net result I hope irons that are in the fire come to fruission .[/p][/quote]We have lost two of our top three goal scorers, ulloa looked off the pace, where are the goals going to come from? Leicester with all there firepower are going to sign Phillips for rest of season, which I think is a great move, I can't say obika is not the answer, but his injury record not great... Cms is a month away from actual full training, add say 2 weeks to get closer to a return and we are talking end of February, that's of he has no reaction , again with the pitches being so heavy, I would not risk him . Over next 17 days the clubs desire and ability to press for promotion will be under scrutiny by its action in the transfer window, Does TB tell bridcutt he can leave in the summer, or are we going to open the purse strings .... We are short or at least two players, crofts and Barnes won't be easy to replace, how about Dean Hammond ? mark by the sea
  • Score: -4

8:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

We have lost two of our hardest working players in Barnes and Crofts, the latter is out for the rest of the season which is a massive blow. He has been back to his best this season, very consistent and was outstanding yesterday. To bring in a similar player and another decent striker, Bridcutt has to go for good money, my worry is we may be forced into letting him go way under his true valuation.
Not sure why some are expecting Buckley to go in this window, he's constantly injured and his form is patchy at best.
I'm still a little surprised that there is no talk of looking to Spain or OG's last club for reinforcements, perhaps we are.
We have some tough away games coming up ,notably Derby and Burnley, a point in both would be a great result.
We have lost two of our hardest working players in Barnes and Crofts, the latter is out for the rest of the season which is a massive blow. He has been back to his best this season, very consistent and was outstanding yesterday. To bring in a similar player and another decent striker, Bridcutt has to go for good money, my worry is we may be forced into letting him go way under his true valuation. Not sure why some are expecting Buckley to go in this window, he's constantly injured and his form is patchy at best. I'm still a little surprised that there is no talk of looking to Spain or OG's last club for reinforcements, perhaps we are. We have some tough away games coming up ,notably Derby and Burnley, a point in both would be a great result. Alfie T
  • Score: 3

9:51am Sun 12 Jan 14

Eddy B says...

I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once.

Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.
I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once. Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa. Eddy B
  • Score: 5

11:01am Sun 12 Jan 14

Jimmy Langley says...

Eddy B wrote:
I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once.

Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.
You can usually spot a good player by their first touch. In this respect Obika's cameo did not look promising. I hope I'm wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once. Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.[/p][/quote]You can usually spot a good player by their first touch. In this respect Obika's cameo did not look promising. I hope I'm wrong. Jimmy Langley
  • Score: 0

12:50pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Claude Back says...

Jimmy Langley wrote:
Eddy B wrote:
I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once.

Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.
You can usually spot a good player by their first touch. In this respect Obika's cameo did not look promising. I hope I'm wrong.
Yes and what was annoying was that it was obvious Ulloa was struggling with nobody up alongside him to lay it off to.
So, instead of bringing on Obika to play with Ulloa, O.G. takes him off so then Obika had nobody alongside him.
Consequently, Obika struggled too. Can't anyone else see this?
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Langley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once. Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.[/p][/quote]You can usually spot a good player by their first touch. In this respect Obika's cameo did not look promising. I hope I'm wrong.[/p][/quote]Yes and what was annoying was that it was obvious Ulloa was struggling with nobody up alongside him to lay it off to. So, instead of bringing on Obika to play with Ulloa, O.G. takes him off so then Obika had nobody alongside him. Consequently, Obika struggled too. Can't anyone else see this? Claude Back
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Gee Jay says...

There must have been more to the Lita saga than we may ever know.
(that is unless someone does know here).
There must have been more to the Lita saga than we may ever know. (that is unless someone does know here). Gee Jay
  • Score: 3

3:58pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Major Bloodboil says...

Claude Back wrote:
Jimmy Langley wrote:
Eddy B wrote:
I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once.

Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.
You can usually spot a good player by their first touch. In this respect Obika's cameo did not look promising. I hope I'm wrong.
Yes and what was annoying was that it was obvious Ulloa was struggling with nobody up alongside him to lay it off to.
So, instead of bringing on Obika to play with Ulloa, O.G. takes him off so then Obika had nobody alongside him.
Consequently, Obika struggled too. Can't anyone else see this?
Yes CB, me!
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimmy Langley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once. Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.[/p][/quote]You can usually spot a good player by their first touch. In this respect Obika's cameo did not look promising. I hope I'm wrong.[/p][/quote]Yes and what was annoying was that it was obvious Ulloa was struggling with nobody up alongside him to lay it off to. So, instead of bringing on Obika to play with Ulloa, O.G. takes him off so then Obika had nobody alongside him. Consequently, Obika struggled too. Can't anyone else see this?[/p][/quote]Yes CB, me! Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 2

4:41pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Clean Sheet says...

Former striker? Claridge played about 5 minutes for Brighton, just before he started drawing his pension. I would not classify him as a former striker.
Former striker? Claridge played about 5 minutes for Brighton, just before he started drawing his pension. I would not classify him as a former striker. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Sun 12 Jan 14

wiseman of hove says...

Claude Back wrote:
Jimmy Langley wrote:
Eddy B wrote:
I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once.

Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.
You can usually spot a good player by their first touch. In this respect Obika's cameo did not look promising. I hope I'm wrong.
Yes and what was annoying was that it was obvious Ulloa was struggling with nobody up alongside him to lay it off to.
So, instead of bringing on Obika to play with Ulloa, O.G. takes him off so then Obika had nobody alongside him.
Consequently, Obika struggled too. Can't anyone else see this?
I'm certainly one puzzled by the rigid adherence to the lone striker. I think our strong defence may see us to the playoffs but the striker situation concerns me. Ulloa is not fit and thus ponderous, in thought as well as action .His body language on occasions in the first half indicated to me frustration, when he was poised alongside Brum's back line. I think he was expecting a bit of route one which may be anathema to many but occasionally does have its place. He was certainly unhappy at being subbed after labouring on his own..
When I look at Leicester and Burnley racing away, I see two teams with a pair of strikers - Ings and Vokes and Nugent and Vardy respectively. Food for thought there. I would have liked to have seen Ulloa and Obika together yesterday for a decent spell. Why keep them seperate.?
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimmy Langley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: I thought everyone played very well yesterday. David had his best game of the season. Crofts (and I'm not usually a fan) also the best I've seen him play, but his loss is surely a chance for Augestein to prove his worth. Difficult to mention any individuals to be honest as the whole team looked good but Lua Lua was the stand out - a threat everytime he got the ball and despite his image he does do his share of defending too - here's hoping for an extended run in the team for once. Obika didn't do anything (as you'd expect so early) but it does make me wonder what the management didn't see in Lita who seemed to offer a slightly different type of striker to Ulloa.[/p][/quote]You can usually spot a good player by their first touch. In this respect Obika's cameo did not look promising. I hope I'm wrong.[/p][/quote]Yes and what was annoying was that it was obvious Ulloa was struggling with nobody up alongside him to lay it off to. So, instead of bringing on Obika to play with Ulloa, O.G. takes him off so then Obika had nobody alongside him. Consequently, Obika struggled too. Can't anyone else see this?[/p][/quote]I'm certainly one puzzled by the rigid adherence to the lone striker. I think our strong defence may see us to the playoffs but the striker situation concerns me. Ulloa is not fit and thus ponderous, in thought as well as action .His body language on occasions in the first half indicated to me frustration, when he was poised alongside Brum's back line. I think he was expecting a bit of route one which may be anathema to many but occasionally does have its place. He was certainly unhappy at being subbed after labouring on his own.. When I look at Leicester and Burnley racing away, I see two teams with a pair of strikers - Ings and Vokes and Nugent and Vardy respectively. Food for thought there. I would have liked to have seen Ulloa and Obika together yesterday for a decent spell. Why keep them seperate.? wiseman of hove
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Brighton Bill says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Former striker? Claridge played about 5 minutes for Brighton, just before he started drawing his pension. I would not classify him as a former striker.
He came down for a holiday and got one.
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Former striker? Claridge played about 5 minutes for Brighton, just before he started drawing his pension. I would not classify him as a former striker.[/p][/quote]He came down for a holiday and got one. Brighton Bill
  • Score: 2

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