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2 October 2012

Lee ready for league leaders test

Lee Martin believes Town need to just focus on their own game tonight and not worry about anyone else.

The midfielder is hoping Blues can record a second win of the season, as Town prepare to take on Brighton at the Amex tonight.

Lee, who expects the Seagulls to be in and around the top six come the end of the season, insists that Town are well prepared for the trip.

“We know they are a good side and I’d expect them to be up there come the end of the season,” Lee told the Club website.

“But we won’t be worrying about them. Sure, they are a strong team but we are well prepared for the game and we are going into it knowing what they are all about.

“So we know what to expect in that regard and we will just be concentrating on our own game. We will be looking to cut out the silly little mistakes that have cost us recently, get back to basics and get a bit of confidence back into the team.”

Team news

Brighton top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith will miss tonight’s game through injury, but manager Gus Poyet could be able to call upon Bruno Saltor, Andrew Crofts and Andrea Orlandi. Striker Will Hoskins will also miss the game as he nurses a broken foot.

Paul Jewell will again be without the services of Paul Taylor, with the striker ruled out of the trip to the south coast with a foot injury. There is better news regarding the fitness of Michael Chopra however, who comes into contention for a place in the side. Luke Hyam remains a doubt with a back injury though, after the midfielder was forced to withdraw at half-time during the weekend’s draw with Barnsley.

Where they finished last season

Brighton- 10th
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Brighton- 1st
Town- 23rd

One to watch

Wayne Bridge. The former Chelsea left-back surprised a few in the summer by agreeing to a loan switch to the Amex Stadium from Premier League Champions Manchester City. But the move has proved to be the fresh start the England international has needed, as he has shown his quality with a number of impressive displays from left-back. A player who likes to get forward and join the attack, Wayne is equally comfortable when defending.

Match Officials

Referee: Fred Graham
Dave Bushell and John Hopkins
Fourth Official:
Dan Robathan

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