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Albion wait to find out who is left in the play-off race

The Argus: Albion head coach Oscar Garcia will know by the end of the day how many other teams are still play-off contenders Albion head coach Oscar Garcia will know by the end of the day how many other teams are still play-off contenders

Albion will face as few as one or as many as five other challengers in the race to claim the final play-off place on the last day of the season at Nottingham Forest next Saturday.

The picture becomes clearer today when the Seagulls' rivals play their penultimate fixtures.

Ipswich have to win at Burnley in the early kick-off (12.15) to stand a chance of catching Oscar Garcia's side.

Albion's far superior goal difference means the same realistically applies to Forest at Bournemouth, who were knocked out of contention by the 2-0 win for Oscar's team against relegated Yeovil at the Amex last night.

Blackburn and Watford, away to Charlton and Derby respectively, also retain slim hopes of snatching sixth spot.

Reading have to win at relegation-threatened Doncaster to move back above Albion by a point.

The Royals and the Seagulls are the only clubs guaranteed to be in contention on the last day.

Albion can theoretically still finish fifth, although Wigan - at home to Blackpool today - need only three points from their remaining three games to deny them.

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10:32am Sat 26 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

Massive game for forest today, Bournemouth are better away, but now they know they are out of a play off spot will they relax and produce a performance or not? These end of season games are difficult to predict , forest might choke with the pressure .. By 5 pm the season will be mapped out I hope!
Massive game for forest today, Bournemouth are better away, but now they know they are out of a play off spot will they relax and produce a performance or not? These end of season games are difficult to predict , forest might choke with the pressure .. By 5 pm the season will be mapped out I hope! mark by the sea
  • Score: 7

10:34am Sat 26 Apr 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

Blackburn the dark horse here.
Blackburn the dark horse here. Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 3

11:46am Sat 26 Apr 14

jockithenoo says...

Is so unpredictable !!!!!!!!!
who would have thought we would still be in with a shout after the long last of injuries we've had.
DISAPPOINTED SO MANY FANS LEFT BEFORE THE SQUAD CAME BACK ONTO
THE PITCH FOR THE USUAL END OF SEASON THANKS FOR YOU'RE SUPPORT
ROLL ON NEXT WEEK
UTA
Is so unpredictable !!!!!!!!! who would have thought we would still be in with a shout after the long last of injuries we've had. DISAPPOINTED SO MANY FANS LEFT BEFORE THE SQUAD CAME BACK ONTO THE PITCH FOR THE USUAL END OF SEASON THANKS FOR YOU'RE SUPPORT ROLL ON NEXT WEEK UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 7

12:02pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Major Bloodboil says...

The only certainty is that it is impossible to predict the outcome of today's matches with any certainty.
I have a horrible feeling that Reading will win today - I hope I'm wrong.
It is very possible that Notts F will be out of the running next week. Effectively they have to win today to keep in the race. If they draw then they will have to win against us by 4 clear goals to get above us. If Reading win today then Forest can't make the play-offs if they fail to win today. So it could be that our chances against them will improve if they are out of the running when we play them.
It's a real shame that Burnley don't have to get a result at Reading next week. They may not have the same competitive edge as they have shown all season.
There has been a lot of negativity in posts on the previous articles about the standard of our performance last night. Whilst I agree that we were very much below par in the first half, I think that we played really well in the second half. It was very tense and exciting and we had so many chances which we just could not tuck away - it looked like one of those games where the goal was going to elude us. Even Mrs Bloodboil, who really does not like football, commented upon how well we were passing the ball.
There was a comment on another thread that Yeovil had nothing to play for because they were already down. That was not strictly true; they were more or less down but the only chance they had of surviving was to win the game. That is why they did not put 10 men behind the ball as per Blackpool et al, and were going for the win.
Ward was fantastic again and we have to sign him up.
As for Lewis, well our resident Dunk maligning Mr Freeloaders (whom I firmly believe really does want us to do well) thinks he had a reasonable game but made two mistakes. Two mistakes in 94 minutes is not bad in my reckoning since they did not cost us anything! I wonder how many mistakes the other players made? I agree that he is not the finished article, but he does well bearing in mind that he does not get a regular game.
Now the question is...do I want to be torture myself today by listening to the Reading commentary, or just avoid the match and look at the result this evening?
Here's hoping that the results go for us again today. Come on Brighton!
The only certainty is that it is impossible to predict the outcome of today's matches with any certainty. I have a horrible feeling that Reading will win today - I hope I'm wrong. It is very possible that Notts F will be out of the running next week. Effectively they have to win today to keep in the race. If they draw then they will have to win against us by 4 clear goals to get above us. If Reading win today then Forest can't make the play-offs if they fail to win today. So it could be that our chances against them will improve if they are out of the running when we play them. It's a real shame that Burnley don't have to get a result at Reading next week. They may not have the same competitive edge as they have shown all season. There has been a lot of negativity in posts on the previous articles about the standard of our performance last night. Whilst I agree that we were very much below par in the first half, I think that we played really well in the second half. It was very tense and exciting and we had so many chances which we just could not tuck away - it looked like one of those games where the goal was going to elude us. Even Mrs Bloodboil, who really does not like football, commented upon how well we were passing the ball. There was a comment on another thread that Yeovil had nothing to play for because they were already down. That was not strictly true; they were more or less down but the only chance they had of surviving was to win the game. That is why they did not put 10 men behind the ball as per Blackpool et al, and were going for the win. Ward was fantastic again and we have to sign him up. As for Lewis, well our resident Dunk maligning Mr Freeloaders (whom I firmly believe really does want us to do well) thinks he had a reasonable game but made two mistakes. Two mistakes in 94 minutes is not bad in my reckoning since they did not cost us anything! I wonder how many mistakes the other players made? I agree that he is not the finished article, but he does well bearing in mind that he does not get a regular game. Now the question is...do I want to be torture myself today by listening to the Reading commentary, or just avoid the match and look at the result this evening? Here's hoping that the results go for us again today. Come on Brighton! Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 3

12:12pm Sat 26 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

When it comes to this time of the season, it is never more clear that any team can beat any team. Reading against Doncaster might look ike a pretty straight forward win for Reading, to some, and if this were mid-season they might be right, but it aint mid-season and nothing is straight forward.
A must win match for Reading against a home team that needs at least point to stay clear of the drop zone and will be looking for all three, anything could happen.
My guess is that Reading might well win this match and it will all come down to the last match for both us and them, and even then it might be goal difference that decides it all, not a time for anyone who is on heart medication.
One thing that is certain, at a time when very little is, Doncaster will gain a whole lot of new fans today, even if only for 90+ minutes.
When it comes to this time of the season, it is never more clear that any team can beat any team. Reading against Doncaster might look ike a pretty straight forward win for Reading, to some, and if this were mid-season they might be right, but it aint mid-season and nothing is straight forward. A must win match for Reading against a home team that needs at least point to stay clear of the drop zone and will be looking for all three, anything could happen. My guess is that Reading might well win this match and it will all come down to the last match for both us and them, and even then it might be goal difference that decides it all, not a time for anyone who is on heart medication. One thing that is certain, at a time when very little is, Doncaster will gain a whole lot of new fans today, even if only for 90+ minutes. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 5

12:29pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Claude Back says...

Major Bloodboil wrote:
The only certainty is that it is impossible to predict the outcome of today's matches with any certainty.
I have a horrible feeling that Reading will win today - I hope I'm wrong.
It is very possible that Notts F will be out of the running next week. Effectively they have to win today to keep in the race. If they draw then they will have to win against us by 4 clear goals to get above us. If Reading win today then Forest can't make the play-offs if they fail to win today. So it could be that our chances against them will improve if they are out of the running when we play them.
It's a real shame that Burnley don't have to get a result at Reading next week. They may not have the same competitive edge as they have shown all season.
There has been a lot of negativity in posts on the previous articles about the standard of our performance last night. Whilst I agree that we were very much below par in the first half, I think that we played really well in the second half. It was very tense and exciting and we had so many chances which we just could not tuck away - it looked like one of those games where the goal was going to elude us. Even Mrs Bloodboil, who really does not like football, commented upon how well we were passing the ball.
There was a comment on another thread that Yeovil had nothing to play for because they were already down. That was not strictly true; they were more or less down but the only chance they had of surviving was to win the game. That is why they did not put 10 men behind the ball as per Blackpool et al, and were going for the win.
Ward was fantastic again and we have to sign him up.
As for Lewis, well our resident Dunk maligning Mr Freeloaders (whom I firmly believe really does want us to do well) thinks he had a reasonable game but made two mistakes. Two mistakes in 94 minutes is not bad in my reckoning since they did not cost us anything! I wonder how many mistakes the other players made? I agree that he is not the finished article, but he does well bearing in mind that he does not get a regular game.
Now the question is...do I want to be torture myself today by listening to the Reading commentary, or just avoid the match and look at the result this evening?
Here's hoping that the results go for us again today. Come on Brighton!
I agree with most of what you (and Mrs Bloodboil) say but as I said on another post, I think the first half was grimmer than an Eastenders' Omnibus. ;-)
Second half was much better...as usual with us.
Also agree that Reading will win and I think Forest will draw and Ipswich will scrape something at Burnley too. Also, you know, like most of us, you won't stay away from the TV (that's television not transvestite for the avoidance of doubt) or radio, so enjoy the torture.
[quote][p][bold]Major Bloodboil[/bold] wrote: The only certainty is that it is impossible to predict the outcome of today's matches with any certainty. I have a horrible feeling that Reading will win today - I hope I'm wrong. It is very possible that Notts F will be out of the running next week. Effectively they have to win today to keep in the race. If they draw then they will have to win against us by 4 clear goals to get above us. If Reading win today then Forest can't make the play-offs if they fail to win today. So it could be that our chances against them will improve if they are out of the running when we play them. It's a real shame that Burnley don't have to get a result at Reading next week. They may not have the same competitive edge as they have shown all season. There has been a lot of negativity in posts on the previous articles about the standard of our performance last night. Whilst I agree that we were very much below par in the first half, I think that we played really well in the second half. It was very tense and exciting and we had so many chances which we just could not tuck away - it looked like one of those games where the goal was going to elude us. Even Mrs Bloodboil, who really does not like football, commented upon how well we were passing the ball. There was a comment on another thread that Yeovil had nothing to play for because they were already down. That was not strictly true; they were more or less down but the only chance they had of surviving was to win the game. That is why they did not put 10 men behind the ball as per Blackpool et al, and were going for the win. Ward was fantastic again and we have to sign him up. As for Lewis, well our resident Dunk maligning Mr Freeloaders (whom I firmly believe really does want us to do well) thinks he had a reasonable game but made two mistakes. Two mistakes in 94 minutes is not bad in my reckoning since they did not cost us anything! I wonder how many mistakes the other players made? I agree that he is not the finished article, but he does well bearing in mind that he does not get a regular game. Now the question is...do I want to be torture myself today by listening to the Reading commentary, or just avoid the match and look at the result this evening? Here's hoping that the results go for us again today. Come on Brighton![/p][/quote]I agree with most of what you (and Mrs Bloodboil) say but as I said on another post, I think the first half was grimmer than an Eastenders' Omnibus. ;-) Second half was much better...as usual with us. Also agree that Reading will win and I think Forest will draw and Ipswich will scrape something at Burnley too. Also, you know, like most of us, you won't stay away from the TV (that's television not transvestite for the avoidance of doubt) or radio, so enjoy the torture. Claude Back
  • Score: 5

1:38pm Sat 26 Apr 14

championshipgull says...

Great post-match interview from Oscar. (Now up on the BBC site). Not only is he turning out to be one of our best signings of the season, he sounds like a thoroughly nice bloke.

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/sport/0/football/27
075388
Great post-match interview from Oscar. (Now up on the BBC site). Not only is he turning out to be one of our best signings of the season, he sounds like a thoroughly nice bloke. http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/27 075388 championshipgull
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Geagulls says...

Just watched Aye Aye Ashley play an important part in the build-up to Burnley's goal against Ipswich. So far....so good?
Just watched Aye Aye Ashley play an important part in the build-up to Burnley's goal against Ipswich. So far....so good? Geagulls
  • Score: 2

2:05pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Aldrington Halt says...

Come what may, we're not out of the woods yet...UTA!!
Come what may, we're not out of the woods yet...UTA!! Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Sat 26 Apr 14

fratsomrover says...

It's going to be a nervous afternoon, that's for sure. Such a pity we couldn't beat Blackpool !
Ipswich are out of it now, but if you look at the match stats for Reading v Donny, you'll see it doesn't make good reading. Reading have a great record against them.
Enjoyed the match last night and all credit to Yeovil for a very spirited display.
They hit the woodwork twice before we got on the scoresheet with that cross **** shot from Kaz, so for once luck was on our side.
Still it was good to see us have so many attempts on goal which was belatedly refreshing.
Now our fate lies in the hands of others, so let's hope lady luck sticks down here on the south coast.
It's going to be a nervous afternoon, that's for sure. Such a pity we couldn't beat Blackpool ! Ipswich are out of it now, but if you look at the match stats for Reading v Donny, you'll see it doesn't make good reading. Reading have a great record against them. Enjoyed the match last night and all credit to Yeovil for a very spirited display. They hit the woodwork twice before we got on the scoresheet with that cross **** shot from Kaz, so for once luck was on our side. Still it was good to see us have so many attempts on goal which was belatedly refreshing. Now our fate lies in the hands of others, so let's hope lady luck sticks down here on the south coast. fratsomrover
  • Score: 1

4:52pm Sat 26 Apr 14

russellsnr2 says...

86" and Reading go 1-2
I can think of a word but would get banned!!!
86" and Reading go 1-2 I can think of a word but would get banned!!! russellsnr2
  • Score: 1

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