Stephens ready for battle at Barnsley

Dale Stephens

Dale Stephens

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Dale Stephens has warned Albion have a fight on their hands to grab a vital first victory in five games.

Barnsley are just as desperate for a win at the wrong end of the table as the play-off chasing Seagulls at Oakwell on Saturday.

Albion are three points adrift of the top six following Stephens’ late equaliser in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw at Blackburn.

A 1-0 win for his former club Charlton at Leeds the same evening has left Barnsley three points adrift of safety at the bottom.

Stephens, involved in the scrap at the bottom with Charlton in the first half of the season, told The Argus: “It will be a very, very tough game.

“They are fighting for their lives. The minimum they will be doing is working very hard to get out of the situation they are in but they can play as well.

“They have picked up with six points from their previous two games so it will be a tough test but one we’ll cherish.”

Barnsley, with former Seagulls Danny Wilson and Chris Hutchings in charge, followed up a 3-1 win atAlbion’s play-off rivals Reading with a 4-1 victory at fellow strugglers Yeovil last Saturday.

Stephens, the January replacement for injured Andrew Crofts, could make his first start against the South Yorkshiremen for three weeks in the centre of midfield after coming off the bench at half-time to nod Albion’s late leveller at Blackburn.

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5:46am Thu 3 Apr 14

JeffLomer says...

Every team can beat every team in our league, we must turn up with a winning attitude on Saturday or they will turn us over like at the Amex, quick flowing going forward football get at them from the first whistle!!
Every team can beat every team in our league, we must turn up with a winning attitude on Saturday or they will turn us over like at the Amex, quick flowing going forward football get at them from the first whistle!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 25

7:42am Thu 3 Apr 14

Alfie T says...

Hope they don't play the way they did at the Amex, possibly one of the best teams to visit this season.
Hope they don't play the way they did at the Amex, possibly one of the best teams to visit this season. Alfie T
  • Score: 10

8:26am Thu 3 Apr 14

albionfan33 says...

if we go out to win we should have enough on the pitch to see them off
if we go out to win we should have enough on the pitch to see them off albionfan33
  • Score: 8

9:00am Thu 3 Apr 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

We can win this one.
It's payback time for that awful night in December. UTA
We can win this one. It's payback time for that awful night in December. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 8

9:08am Thu 3 Apr 14

wiseman of hove says...

"Must win game" gets bandied around a lot these days but for me, it's arrived. We are running out of games and simply cannot rely on maximum points from the home games. A win on Saturday restores momentum.
Excellent substitutions by Oscar on Tuesday, which gives me heart that he may be running in to form himself.
"Must win game" gets bandied around a lot these days but for me, it's arrived. We are running out of games and simply cannot rely on maximum points from the home games. A win on Saturday restores momentum. Excellent substitutions by Oscar on Tuesday, which gives me heart that he may be running in to form himself. wiseman of hove
  • Score: 7

2:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
"Must win game" gets bandied around a lot these days but for me, it's arrived. We are running out of games and simply cannot rely on maximum points from the home games. A win on Saturday restores momentum.
Excellent substitutions by Oscar on Tuesday, which gives me heart that he may be running in to form himself.
Two teams with so much riding on the result, and with Charlton having a game in hand over Barnsley, a single point won't do for them no more than it will for us.
With Barnsley being in deep relegation trouble, added to the fact that they are playing at home, there is no way that they can sit back and hope to nick something from the game, they have to come at us.
Barnsley have a 27 goal deficit, they have conceded 31 goals at home and a total of 65 all season, they have only won 5 times at home, every pointer says that we should beat them, these would be the same pointers that said we should have beaten them at the Amex.

As Jeff Lomer says, every team can beat every team in this league, but our team owe the fans one for that terrible result back in December, pride has to be restored and that might just make the difference.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: "Must win game" gets bandied around a lot these days but for me, it's arrived. We are running out of games and simply cannot rely on maximum points from the home games. A win on Saturday restores momentum. Excellent substitutions by Oscar on Tuesday, which gives me heart that he may be running in to form himself.[/p][/quote]Two teams with so much riding on the result, and with Charlton having a game in hand over Barnsley, a single point won't do for them no more than it will for us. With Barnsley being in deep relegation trouble, added to the fact that they are playing at home, there is no way that they can sit back and hope to nick something from the game, they have to come at us. Barnsley have a 27 goal deficit, they have conceded 31 goals at home and a total of 65 all season, they have only won 5 times at home, every pointer says that we should beat them, these would be the same pointers that said we should have beaten them at the Amex. As Jeff Lomer says, every team can beat every team in this league, but our team owe the fans one for that terrible result back in December, pride has to be restored and that might just make the difference. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

4:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

hannover seagull says...

Attack Attack Attack nothing else will do
Season hinges on this result and if we play high enough up the park we should win this
Kaz to start with Solly behind Leo and Lindgard
C´mon Brighton give the fans the performance they deserve and at least spice up the run up
UTA................
Attack Attack Attack nothing else will do Season hinges on this result and if we play high enough up the park we should win this Kaz to start with Solly behind Leo and Lindgard C´mon Brighton give the fans the performance they deserve and at least spice up the run up UTA................ hannover seagull
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Thu 3 Apr 14

gordongull says...

Barnsley have been instrumental in keeping us in contention with their victories against Forest and Reading last month. And we are depending on those two slipping up again
Nathan Jones commented after the Blackburn game ''If we were four points off the play-off's then it's two results. Now it will take one.''
Considering the goal difference between Reading and ourselves, I calculate that we are still a win and a draw behind them, although defeat on Tuesday would have left us requiring two wins more.
Ipswich are an unknown quantity. Their audacious late run has left us with three teams to overtake.
One or two teams below us are also still in with a chance.
Can anyone imagine Bournemouth in the Premier League?
Barnsley have been instrumental in keeping us in contention with their victories against Forest and Reading last month. And we are depending on those two slipping up again Nathan Jones commented after the Blackburn game ''If we were four points off the play-off's then it's two results. Now it will take one.'' Considering the goal difference between Reading and ourselves, I calculate that we are still a win and a draw behind them, although defeat on Tuesday would have left us requiring two wins more. Ipswich are an unknown quantity. Their audacious late run has left us with three teams to overtake. One or two teams below us are also still in with a chance. Can anyone imagine Bournemouth in the Premier League? gordongull
  • Score: 2

7:58pm Thu 3 Apr 14

WiseOldSeagull says...

I think we need 14 points from our remaining games to be in the playoffs. That's 2 points per game and should be the target.

Barnsley 3 points
Leicester 0 points
Charlton 1 point
Huddersfield 1 point
Blackpool 3 points
Yeovil 3 points
Forest 3 points

That's my prediction for the remaining games and our 14 points.

I think we have enough in the locker to achieve it but the interesting question for me is where CMS fits in when 100% fit. Lingard one side CMS the other perhaps. That would be a nice front 3 as long as they push forward and rotate themselves between the 3 positions during the game.
I think we need 14 points from our remaining games to be in the playoffs. That's 2 points per game and should be the target. Barnsley 3 points Leicester 0 points Charlton 1 point Huddersfield 1 point Blackpool 3 points Yeovil 3 points Forest 3 points That's my prediction for the remaining games and our 14 points. I think we have enough in the locker to achieve it but the interesting question for me is where CMS fits in when 100% fit. Lingard one side CMS the other perhaps. That would be a nice front 3 as long as they push forward and rotate themselves between the 3 positions during the game. WiseOldSeagull
  • Score: 2

9:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

East of CrawleyDown says...

gordongull wrote:
Barnsley have been instrumental in keeping us in contention with their victories against Forest and Reading last month. And we are depending on those two slipping up again
Nathan Jones commented after the Blackburn game ''If we were four points off the play-off's then it's two results. Now it will take one.''
Considering the goal difference between Reading and ourselves, I calculate that we are still a win and a draw behind them, although defeat on Tuesday would have left us requiring two wins more.
Ipswich are an unknown quantity. Their audacious late run has left us with three teams to overtake.
One or two teams below us are also still in with a chance.
Can anyone imagine Bournemouth in the Premier League?
It will go to the wire, as for bournemouth it's hard to believe they're even in the championship, I don't think even they can believe it. With a ramshackle ground and attendances that barely reach double figures, they would be the biggest one season wonders of all time if they reached the premier league and an embarrassment.
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: Barnsley have been instrumental in keeping us in contention with their victories against Forest and Reading last month. And we are depending on those two slipping up again Nathan Jones commented after the Blackburn game ''If we were four points off the play-off's then it's two results. Now it will take one.'' Considering the goal difference between Reading and ourselves, I calculate that we are still a win and a draw behind them, although defeat on Tuesday would have left us requiring two wins more. Ipswich are an unknown quantity. Their audacious late run has left us with three teams to overtake. One or two teams below us are also still in with a chance. Can anyone imagine Bournemouth in the Premier League?[/p][/quote]It will go to the wire, as for bournemouth it's hard to believe they're even in the championship, I don't think even they can believe it. With a ramshackle ground and attendances that barely reach double figures, they would be the biggest one season wonders of all time if they reached the premier league and an embarrassment. East of CrawleyDown
  • Score: -2

9:44pm Thu 3 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

WiseOldSeagull wrote:
I think we need 14 points from our remaining games to be in the playoffs. That's 2 points per game and should be the target.

Barnsley 3 points
Leicester 0 points
Charlton 1 point
Huddersfield 1 point
Blackpool 3 points
Yeovil 3 points
Forest 3 points

That's my prediction for the remaining games and our 14 points.

I think we have enough in the locker to achieve it but the interesting question for me is where CMS fits in when 100% fit. Lingard one side CMS the other perhaps. That would be a nice front 3 as long as they push forward and rotate themselves between the 3 positions during the game.
Your predictions differ slightly from mine, I have us beating Charlton but just 1 point at Forest.
[quote][p][bold]WiseOldSeagull[/bold] wrote: I think we need 14 points from our remaining games to be in the playoffs. That's 2 points per game and should be the target. Barnsley 3 points Leicester 0 points Charlton 1 point Huddersfield 1 point Blackpool 3 points Yeovil 3 points Forest 3 points That's my prediction for the remaining games and our 14 points. I think we have enough in the locker to achieve it but the interesting question for me is where CMS fits in when 100% fit. Lingard one side CMS the other perhaps. That would be a nice front 3 as long as they push forward and rotate themselves between the 3 positions during the game.[/p][/quote]Your predictions differ slightly from mine, I have us beating Charlton but just 1 point at Forest. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Thu 3 Apr 14

WiseOldSeagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
WiseOldSeagull wrote:
I think we need 14 points from our remaining games to be in the playoffs. That's 2 points per game and should be the target.

Barnsley 3 points
Leicester 0 points
Charlton 1 point
Huddersfield 1 point
Blackpool 3 points
Yeovil 3 points
Forest 3 points

That's my prediction for the remaining games and our 14 points.

I think we have enough in the locker to achieve it but the interesting question for me is where CMS fits in when 100% fit. Lingard one side CMS the other perhaps. That would be a nice front 3 as long as they push forward and rotate themselves between the 3 positions during the game.
Your predictions differ slightly from mine, I have us beating Charlton but just 1 point at Forest.
You may well be right Vegas. Predictions are exactly that. I just think that Charlton have a bit of grit about them at the moment. But that could change of course. If we have momentum behind us I think we would go to Forest with a winning mentality. They are now waiting on Pearce to come in and perform miracles. Do they have any faith left in the season knowing they need to focus on impressing a new manager next year?
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WiseOldSeagull[/bold] wrote: I think we need 14 points from our remaining games to be in the playoffs. That's 2 points per game and should be the target. Barnsley 3 points Leicester 0 points Charlton 1 point Huddersfield 1 point Blackpool 3 points Yeovil 3 points Forest 3 points That's my prediction for the remaining games and our 14 points. I think we have enough in the locker to achieve it but the interesting question for me is where CMS fits in when 100% fit. Lingard one side CMS the other perhaps. That would be a nice front 3 as long as they push forward and rotate themselves between the 3 positions during the game.[/p][/quote]Your predictions differ slightly from mine, I have us beating Charlton but just 1 point at Forest.[/p][/quote]You may well be right Vegas. Predictions are exactly that. I just think that Charlton have a bit of grit about them at the moment. But that could change of course. If we have momentum behind us I think we would go to Forest with a winning mentality. They are now waiting on Pearce to come in and perform miracles. Do they have any faith left in the season knowing they need to focus on impressing a new manager next year? WiseOldSeagull
  • Score: 0

10:40pm Thu 3 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

WiseOldSeagull wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
WiseOldSeagull wrote:
I think we need 14 points from our remaining games to be in the playoffs. That's 2 points per game and should be the target.

Barnsley 3 points
Leicester 0 points
Charlton 1 point
Huddersfield 1 point
Blackpool 3 points
Yeovil 3 points
Forest 3 points

That's my prediction for the remaining games and our 14 points.

I think we have enough in the locker to achieve it but the interesting question for me is where CMS fits in when 100% fit. Lingard one side CMS the other perhaps. That would be a nice front 3 as long as they push forward and rotate themselves between the 3 positions during the game.
Your predictions differ slightly from mine, I have us beating Charlton but just 1 point at Forest.
You may well be right Vegas. Predictions are exactly that. I just think that Charlton have a bit of grit about them at the moment. But that could change of course. If we have momentum behind us I think we would go to Forest with a winning mentality. They are now waiting on Pearce to come in and perform miracles. Do they have any faith left in the season knowing they need to focus on impressing a new manager next year?
If by chance Forest do get promoted, Pearce will have a lot to do, retain and let go lists, even if they don't make it, a lot of decisions will have to be made so yeah, I can see his future players wanting to impress him.

Should Forest not go up, something I don't think they will do, it will be interesting to see how Pearce tackles the transfer market given all the money they have spent this season. Would he have accepted the job if he had been told that FFP compliance is a priority? I am thinking that he has certain assurances about money being available.
[quote][p][bold]WiseOldSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WiseOldSeagull[/bold] wrote: I think we need 14 points from our remaining games to be in the playoffs. That's 2 points per game and should be the target. Barnsley 3 points Leicester 0 points Charlton 1 point Huddersfield 1 point Blackpool 3 points Yeovil 3 points Forest 3 points That's my prediction for the remaining games and our 14 points. I think we have enough in the locker to achieve it but the interesting question for me is where CMS fits in when 100% fit. Lingard one side CMS the other perhaps. That would be a nice front 3 as long as they push forward and rotate themselves between the 3 positions during the game.[/p][/quote]Your predictions differ slightly from mine, I have us beating Charlton but just 1 point at Forest.[/p][/quote]You may well be right Vegas. Predictions are exactly that. I just think that Charlton have a bit of grit about them at the moment. But that could change of course. If we have momentum behind us I think we would go to Forest with a winning mentality. They are now waiting on Pearce to come in and perform miracles. Do they have any faith left in the season knowing they need to focus on impressing a new manager next year?[/p][/quote]If by chance Forest do get promoted, Pearce will have a lot to do, retain and let go lists, even if they don't make it, a lot of decisions will have to be made so yeah, I can see his future players wanting to impress him. Should Forest not go up, something I don't think they will do, it will be interesting to see how Pearce tackles the transfer market given all the money they have spent this season. Would he have accepted the job if he had been told that FFP compliance is a priority? I am thinking that he has certain assurances about money being available. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

8:13am Fri 4 Apr 14

elljam says...

East of CrawleyDown wrote:
gordongull wrote:
Barnsley have been instrumental in keeping us in contention with their victories against Forest and Reading last month. And we are depending on those two slipping up again
Nathan Jones commented after the Blackburn game ''If we were four points off the play-off's then it's two results. Now it will take one.''
Considering the goal difference between Reading and ourselves, I calculate that we are still a win and a draw behind them, although defeat on Tuesday would have left us requiring two wins more.
Ipswich are an unknown quantity. Their audacious late run has left us with three teams to overtake.
One or two teams below us are also still in with a chance.
Can anyone imagine Bournemouth in the Premier League?
It will go to the wire, as for bournemouth it's hard to believe they're even in the championship, I don't think even they can believe it. With a ramshackle ground and attendances that barely reach double figures, they would be the biggest one season wonders of all time if they reached the premier league and an embarrassment.
That's what a good manager can achieve, even with limited resources.
[quote][p][bold]East of CrawleyDown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: Barnsley have been instrumental in keeping us in contention with their victories against Forest and Reading last month. And we are depending on those two slipping up again Nathan Jones commented after the Blackburn game ''If we were four points off the play-off's then it's two results. Now it will take one.'' Considering the goal difference between Reading and ourselves, I calculate that we are still a win and a draw behind them, although defeat on Tuesday would have left us requiring two wins more. Ipswich are an unknown quantity. Their audacious late run has left us with three teams to overtake. One or two teams below us are also still in with a chance. Can anyone imagine Bournemouth in the Premier League?[/p][/quote]It will go to the wire, as for bournemouth it's hard to believe they're even in the championship, I don't think even they can believe it. With a ramshackle ground and attendances that barely reach double figures, they would be the biggest one season wonders of all time if they reached the premier league and an embarrassment.[/p][/quote]That's what a good manager can achieve, even with limited resources. elljam
  • Score: 0

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