Seagulls boss Peter Taylor is sending out the big guns in a bid to finish the championship campaign with a bang.

He has pledged to field a full strength side, with the exception of the injured Junior Lewis, in tomorrow's closing fixture at Port Vale.

Taylor talked earlier in the week about blooding some youngsters after the Second Division title was sewn up at Withdean last Saturday.

Now he has revealed: "I'm playing the strongest team I can. I thought about playing one or two youngsters to give them good experience, but I've changed my mind.

"The players I was thinking of leaving out are half of those that have worked their socks off all year to get us here in the first place. That would have been a bit of a kick in the teeth for them."

The loan spell of Lewis, still a permanent target for Taylor, has been prematurely ended by surgery on the groin problem nagging him since he arrived from Leicester in February.

Albion are unbeaten in nine matches since losing at Stoke, just a few miles down the road from Vale Park.

More than 4,500 fans are making the journey to the Potteries and Taylor is keen to avoid a repeat of last year's damp squib finale, when Micky Adams' men closed their Division Three title campaign with a 3-0 loss at Shrewsbury.

"It's a very serious game still," said Taylor. "I am looking to finish with 90 points. Managers can never have enough, so we need another win.

"There are a lot of supporters going up and they should be rewarded. We will prepare the same as if we needed three points to stay up."

Albion are already guaranteed a club record, even if they lose to the side managed by ex-Albion skipper and boss Brian Horton.

They have suffered only six defeats this season, beating the previous Football League low of eight last achieved in 1987-88.

"I played against Brian when he was a Brighton player," Taylor added. "He's a great lad and a great manager as well.

"I am looking forward to seeing him and the nice thing about the game is that I can't see there being loads of red cards or injuries.

"It's been a very different week, because there's nothing riding on the result. It's nice to prepare a team knowing that win, lose or draw it does not affect our position."

In stark contrast, Brentford need to beat Reading at Griffin Park tomorrow to pip them for the second automatic promotion place.

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