• We All Follow the Albion

    by Published on 25-11-2020 00:15

    Ever since moving to the Premier League back in 2017, Mat Ryan has been an important player for Brighton. He’s played well over 100 games for the club and was a permanent fixture between the sticks in every single Premier League game last season.

    Things began well at the start of this campaign, but that changed away at Spurs. Graham Potter opted for Spanish goalkeeper Robert Sanchez at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium citing tactical reasons for Ryan’s omission. But was it as simple as that?

    Although the Seagulls have just one league win under their belt at the time of writing, they’ve played some great football at times. Potter’s men have a couple of tough games coming up, but there’s a chance to pick up points in the seven games thereafter.

    It’s too early to know how this surreal season is going to end, but bookies have already lined up their odds for Brighton. Unibet offers competitive odds in the countries they are licensed to operate like Australia and UK. And with them, Brighton are priced at 6/1 (7.00) for a top-half finish. Bet365 as a comparison, has the Seagulls at 9/2 (5.50).

    Why Did Ryan Miss Out at Spurs?
    Graham Potter avoided any tough questions by simply justifying the exclusion as a tactical switch. Let’s not forget that Neil Maupay was not in the squad at all for this one. Did something happen between the pair in training?

    The last time Mat Ryan failed to start a league game was way back in January 2019. Nearly two years. Potter suggested that he need a rest, which could be true as he was straight back in the side for the game against Burnley.

    Ryan Returns with a Clean Sheet
    All of the speculation as to whether Mat Ryan was going to endure an extended run out of the side was thrown completely out of the window as Potter started him at home to Burnley. It was a pretty dull 0-0 draw at the Amex, but Brighton dominated most of the game and just couldn’t find a way through. Burnley’s Matt Lowton did hit the crossbar, but the Aussie was rarely troubled as he kept a clean sheet on his return.

    Robert Sanchez may have felt a little hard done by after a solid game against a quality Tottenham side, but he’s only 23 years of age and has time on his side to break into the side in the future. However, Mat Ryan is only 28 himself, so if the omission from the side was just a one off, Sanchez may have to make do with the odd cup game for a while yet.

    What’s Next for Ryan?
    Some fans think he’s too small to be a goalkeeper in the Premier League at only 6ft 1”, but remember that ex Barcelona and Manchester City goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, is only 6ft tall, so that argument doesn’t really stack up. He’s been a great servant for Brighton over the last few seasons, and it looks like he might be here to stay for a while yet.

    If you look at the goalkeepers in the rest of the division, Graham Potter may argue that you won’t find many better than his Australian number one. There are plenty of games remaining that will allow Brighton to accumulate points to make a push towards the top half of the table. Their next two fixtures away at Villa and at home to Liverpool are tough, but can they pick up enough points over the Christmas period to ensure they’re looking up rather than down during the second half of the season? Watch this space.
    by Published on 07-11-2020 10:25
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    NSC is currently full of debate around whether we are under achieving and, if we are, is it Graham Potter’s fault. One thing that some have said, supposedly in Potter’s favour is that the squad of players we have are not good enough. But does that hold up? Here I go through Friday night’s team and their direct competition, player by player to see if that holds water. Let’s start with the keeper.

    Mat Ryan

    Too small. It’s an NSC trope with some using it ironically and others using it as a stick to beat with, but in reality it’s Ryan’s Moneyball weakness. Just as Oakland didn’t care if you threw funny or were old so long as you can get on base, so we have gone for a keeper with good reflexes and
    Published on 28-09-2020 16:23

    Staying in the Premier League will be the priority for Brighton this season, there’s no doubt about that. But what every fan will be hoping for is a solid League Cup and FA Cup run. With the League Cup draw for rounds two and three being quite favourable for the Seagulls, there’s always a chance of avoiding the big guns until the last four. Then, as we’ve seen in past years, anything can happen at that stage. Let’s run through both competitions, starting with the most exciting cup competition ...
    by Published on 08-09-2020 08:30  Number of Views: 82 

    “Lazy Sunday afternoon.
    I've got no mind to worry.
    Close my eyes and drift away.”

    The sun is proudly sitting in a clear blue spring sky. All the clouds are burnt away and nothing is getting in the way of the warmth bringing joy to the world. My weekend has been a good one. Yesterday mum and I went into town and she bought be a Rolling Stones songbook, a punk songbook and one that contained a load of 80’s indie songs. This contained ...
    Published on 07-09-2020 15:23

    Brighton and Hove Albion ended their 2018/19 campaign with a 4-1 loss at home to Manchester City on the final day of the season, leaving them on 36 points and manager Chris Hughton without a job. It had been a serious regression from a debut season in the Premier League that had shown real signs of being a good platform to build from. Transfers had flopped, squad morale was through the floor, the attitude and style of football was negative and a particularly poor ...
    by Published on 26-08-2020 09:53  Number of Views: 102 

    “Shyness is nice, and shyness can stop you.
    From doing all the things in life you'd like to”

    No-one has given me a hard time for weeks. School feels totally different to me now.A few weeks ago I would worry about being picked on by Kim and her friends, Whitey, Flints and that lot or any other random group from almost any year in the school. Well maybe not third years, even I am not quite pathetic enough to be bullied by third years. I suppose it still being early in the year they are all terrified of school too. Anyway, I used to fear it happening and often it would. There is nothing like telling yourself that something won’t happen when you know full well that you are lying. Now though I am beginning to believe myself when ...
    by Published on 19-08-2020 10:11  Number of Views: 98 

    “Songs about happiness murmured in dreams. When we both of us knew how the ending would be”

    The day has left me shaking. I can’t tell if I am happy or sad. Something has changed.

    Barely even answering mum as she asks me how my day was I make for my room and more importantly my guitar. I start to play but something is wrong, I can’t concentrate. All afternoon I have thought about two things. Firstly getting home to play my guitar, this is what I always do when I have a rough day. The other thing is going round to Manny’s house tonight. I don’t have all the details I need. I don’t know who will be there. I know where he lives because he scrawled it down ...
    by Published on 13-08-2020 09:49  Number of Views: 111 
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    2. Miscellany

    “Them wild-eyed boys that had been away. Haven’t changed that much to say.”

    I am not sure when it started, or how. They are all laughing. I can feel the high pitch needles of laughter piercing my brain. I can see them looking over at me out of the corner of my eye and I just pray that it will be over soon. As they get closer I can feel their cheap bitter perfume filling my nostrils and clouding my brain. My thoughts are disrupted as the smell and laughter mix with the general classroom white noise and push me insistently towards a meltdown. I feel them crowding around me and try to look straight ahead.

    I don’t understand any of this situation, I have never understood what they get out of it. They obviously enjoy it. Kim is screeching ...
    by Published on 11-08-2020 07:04  Number of Views: 129 

    “I want to be in a band. When I get to Heaven.
    Anyone can play guitar,
    and they won’t be nothing anymore.”

    “His latest obsession.” That’s what my mum calls it. Always with that slight rolling of the eyes that hurts my heart. Mum says that I have to understand that she and dad have seen so many obsessions throughout ...
    by Published on 10-08-2020 07:21  Number of Views: 185 

    “I don’t have to sell my soul, he’s already in me.”

    I didn’t make it back to school for a few days. mum wanted to storm up there and talk to the head! But I begged her not to. I don’t want any fuss made. I told mum that I probably just left my book somewhere. I know I didn’t... one thing about my obsessive brain is that I always know where my stuff is. If there is ever a time when something of mine is not where it should be (even if I am using said thing myself) my brain constantly monitors the situation until I can put the thing back where it belongs. As I write this, a small part of my brain is solely concentrating on reminding me to put the book ...
    by Published on 09-08-2020 08:08  Number of Views: 205 
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    2. Miscellany

    "Everywhere I hear the sound of marching charging feet, boy.
    Because the summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy."

    My acting immersion plan was far from perfect and today was one of those days where it was far from that. I have created characters that can interact with most of the adults in my life. Adults were relatively easy because they were mostly consistent. They mostly want to and tried to help me. Some of my teachers were impossible but from what i could work out they were impossible for everyone. A few of the kids at school were possible to interact with, as long as I didn't make any mistakes. Girls were another story, it was going to take me an age to work out what they are all about. When I was younger I usually found girls easier to get along ...
    by Published on 27-07-2020 06:46
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    2. Opinion

    End of July. Normally, I’d be writing my season preview about now. The previous season would have finished in May in either spring heat or an unseasonal downpour, with a half arsed lap of honour, beer, handshakes and hugs in the bar afterwards and one final moan about train queues and sing-song on said train.

    NSC would have been through several rounds of transfer market angst, including at least three posts that said “just sign a striker. ANY striker. HOW HARD CAN IT BE?” (the same posters then nowhere to be seen as the 15 million pound Dutch answer to Mark Farrington stunk out every single game). We’d
    Published on 08-07-2020 09:45

    After the final game of the Premier League before lockdown finished on March 9, Brighton & Hove Albion were hovering dangerously above the relegation zone, just two points above the drop and without a win in 2020.

    Fast forward four months, and only four games, and the Seagulls are seemingly completely out of trouble. The 1-0 triumph at Norwich was the most important result
    by Published on 05-07-2020 07:52

    Saturday. And not just any Saturday. “Super Saturday”. When the children of the future study the significant and vaguely horrifying year of 2020 there might just be a little footnote about 4 July 2020 mentioning it was the day that (spoiler alert!) Brighton effectively stayed up at Norwich. Sorry, I meant the day that lockdown in the UK was eased to its most relaxed since March with the reopening of some ...
    by Published on 21-06-2020 07:19

    If you’d asked me, back in December 2019 when we beat Arsenal away, what I’d be doing in June 2020 the answer would have been obvious. Whilst it probably would have been sunny outside I would have been sitting on my sofa watching football with The Boy, perhaps with a cold drink in my hand. I would, however, have been thinking about the massive travelling circus that was going to be Euro 2020. Teams. WAGs and press travelling the continent and racking ...

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