Gus is back with Brighton

Last updated : 31 August 2012 By Tony Scholes

Eddie Howe has asked the fans for more of the same after he said the atmosphere in the stands made the difference in the opening day win against Bolton.

It was the first game of the season but it was also another return for Owen Coyle and the presence of that particular pantomime villain, presumably playing another biblical character, was always going to be a factor in the home crowd's support.

Sam Vokes played for Brighton last season

A big away following helps. We got it that day but won't tomorrow, but a Coyle type on the touchline always helps. Tomorrow we've got Gus Poyet, another the Turf Moor crowd have taken a disliking to, and with some justification, so that will certainly help.

Poyet's been a busy man today, bringing in four new signings as the window started to close. He started the day with the capture of midfielder Andrea Orlando from Swansea. The 28-year-old signed a two year deal and went straight into the squad for the game against the Clarets.

None of his three other signings are available tomorrow. The first of them is Stephen Dobbie, also from Swansea. Burnley appeared keen but this evening he signed a three year deal with Brighton. Soon after came David Lopez from Athletic Bilbao and finally Dean Hammond, a former Brighton player, returned on a season long loan from Southampton.

That takes their total number of signings this window to eight having previously signed goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak from Manchester United, Saltor Bruno from Valencia and Norwich's Andrew Crofts with Manchester City full back Wayne Bridge signing a season long loan.

The season didn't start too well but certainly picked up last week. They went out of the Capital One Cup in the first round, losing 3-0 away against our next opponents Swindon. The league season opened with a 1-0 defeat at Hull and was then followed by two home games.

The first of those home games, against Cardiff, ended 0-0, so going into the Barnsley game a week ago they had still to register a single goal. They certainly did that, beating Barnsley 5-1. Both Ashley Barnes and Craig Mackail-Smith got a brace with Bridge also on the scoresheet, his first goal since scoring for Chelsea in a Carling Cup tie at Wycombe in January 2007.

League tables are almost meaningless at the moment but, for what it's worth, they are currently in tenth place with four points.

Besides the signings today, they've also sold one player this week with Craig Noone moving to Cardiff in a £1 million deal. That means Poyet will have to make at least one change from the team that beat Barnsley last week with Noone having played the first seventy minutes. His place could be taken by Orlando.

They lined up last week: Tomasz Kuszczak, Saltor Bruno, Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd, Wayne Bridge, Liam Bridcutt, Gary Dicker, Andrew Crofts (Ryan Harley 70), Craig Noone (Kazenga LuaLua 70), Craig Mackail-Smith, Ashley Barnes (Torbjorn Agdestein 84), Subs not used: Casper Ankergren, Lewis Dunk, Inigo Calderon, George Barker.

Burnley's transfer deadline day hasn't been quite as hectic. Alex MacDonald and Jon Stewart returned to Plymouth and Alfreton respectively on loan with one incoming signing, that of Hull winger Cameron Stewart on loan until January.

Stewart will add some pace to the side and has arrived at Burnley after a change of style at Hull under new manager Steve Bruce was expected to restrict his appearances.

"The manager has been really good to me," he said. We spoke and we both thought I needed to get some games. They have changed the system at Hull and I wasn't really playing, so I spoke to my agent and he was really keen on me coming here and hopefully I will get a lot more games than I would have done at Hull.

As for the team news tomorrow. Martin Paterson is reported to be having a late fitness check. I don't think many are expecting him to feature which means Sam Vokes, who played in this fixture last season for Brighton, will partner Charlie Austin.

I can't see too many changes from the side that lost, so disappointingly, at Huddersfield. The cup win against Plymouth saw ten different starters but it is hard to see how many of those could be included.

We could even line up with the same team with the only change seeing Stewart replacing MacDonald on the bench.

The team could be: Lee Grant, Kieran Trippier, David Edgar, Jason Shackell, Joseph Mills, Ross Wallace, Dean Marney, Chris McCann, Junior Stanislas, Sam Vokes, Charlie Austin. Subs from: Brian Jensen, Michael Duff, Ben Mee, Marvin Bartley, Brian Stock, Keith Treacy, Cameron Stewart.


Last Time They Were Here

Charlie Austin scored the only goal

It was Good Friday when Brighton last came into town and went home beaten by a Charlie Austin goal midway through the first half.

It was a day when the way Brighton played riled the home crowd to such an extent that chants of 'Gus Poyet - your team's a disgrace' could be heard from all around the ground. They fooled the appalling referee Carl Boyeson. Alan Navarro seemed to be refereeing the game. Rodriguez Vicente kept falling down appealing, as did Craig Noone, and Poyet, just as he'd done at the Amex in December 2011, disappeared before the end.

He was here to see the only goal of the game from Austin on 23 minutes. He received the ball in the box from Josh McQuoid. He saw his first effort blocked by Adam El-Abd, but he did really well to go past Peter Brezovan and score left footed.

There was precious little football played in the second half, Brighton and Boyeson saw to that, but the game did give Eddie Howe the opportunity to give Steven Hewitt a debut, coming on for goalscorer Austin.

The teams were;

Burnley: Lee Grant, Kieran Trippier, Michael Duff, David Edgar, Ross Wallace, Josh McQuoid, Marvin Bartley (Dean Marney 30), Chris McCann, Junior Stanislas, Charlie Austin (Steven Hewitt 87), Danny Ings. Subs not used: Brian Jensen, Shay McCartan, Wes Fletcher. 

Brighton: Peter Brezovan, Inigo Calderon, Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd, Joe Mattock (Craig Noone 70), Alan Navarro, Gary Dicker, Gonzalo Jara Reyes, Rodriguez Vicente, Craig Mackail-Smith, Sam Vokes (Ashley Barnes 60), Subs not used: Casper Ankergren, Kazenga LuaLua.


Previous Games against Brighton


Last 20 Years
Season Comp Ven Res Att  Scorers
1992/93 Division 2 a 0-3 8,741  
    h 1-3 9,424 Conroy
1993/94 Division 2 h 3-0 8,837 Russell(2), Davis
    a 1-1 8,021 Davis
1995/96 Division 2 h 3-0 9,016 Eyres, Swan, Nogan
    a 0-1 5,954  
2002/03 Division 1 h 1-3 14,738 Briscoe
    a 2-2 6,502 Little, I Moore
2004/05 Championship a 1-0 6,109 Blake
    h 1-1 11,611 Akinbiyi
2005/06 Championship h 1-1 11,112 G O'Connor(pen)
    a 0-0 6,267  
2011/12 Championship a 1-0 19,641 Trippier
    h 1-0 13,516 Austin


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