Albion boss Chris Hughton has been urged to keep faith with Solly March in his 100th Championship game in charge at Barnsley today.

The winger’s agent, Robert Codner, says he needs a run of games to boost his confidence after a year out injured.

March started the home matches against Burton and Ipswich after a goalscoring impact from the bench at Brentford. He shared with fellow wide man Anthony Knockaert the assists for all four goals against Burton, but both were below-par in Tuesday’s draw with Ipswich.

Hughton is considering changes to regain promotion momentum after five points from the last 12 available.

Codner is hoping he sticks with March and hands him his first away start in the league since suffering cruciate knee ligament damage at Derby in December 2015, which sidelined him for 12 months.

The former Albion midfielder told The Argus: “I think now what Solly really needs is a run of games, just to get his confidence back but most importantly for him to understand and realise the manager has got that confidence in him.

"That he trusts him on a weekly basis to implement his instructions within the team framework.

“He just needs a run of four or five games where he is playing game after game, then maybe take him out.”

March, 22, has made 14 appearances, including eight as a sub, following his long injury lay-off.

“He is coming back from a year out and nobody knows like a footballer does the toll that takes on the body,” Codner said.


“It is just getting used to playing consecutive games week in, week out and your body readjusting. I didn’t think Solly played badly on Tuesday _ but he wasn’t as outstanding as he was against Burton.

“He acknowledges that. He is his own biggest critic. He wants to do well, to take Brighton up.”

Right-winger Knockaert is poised for his 50th league appearance for Albion at Oakwell. Scot Jamie Murphy, who came on for March against Ipswich, will make his 50th start for the club if he gets the nod on the left.