Strikers need to start scoring

Pressure is mounting on the strike-force after another rescue goal from a defender.

Friday, 24th October 2014, 1:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 2:16 pm

The pressure is mounting on Brighton and Hove Albion's strike-force after the Seagulls were once again rescued by a goal from a defender.

Lewis Dunk's fifth goal - his fourth in the Championship - salvaged a point in the midweek game with Huddersfield and was the seventh scored by a defender in the league this season out of Albion's total of 12. Gordon Greer has two, while Bruno has one.

That means 58% of Albion's league goals have come from the back four.

Of the squad's strikers, only Craig Mackail-Smith has found the net in the league, with Chris O'Grady, Sam Baldock and Adrian Colunga yet to open their Championship accounts for the Seagulls.

Mackail-Smith looks likely to miss tomorrow's home game with Rotherham, meaning Baldock will almost certainly lead the line against a defence which has leaked 17 goals in 13 games.

Rotherham have also struggled to find a regular goal-getter, with four players locked together on two goals. That group includes former Albion striker Alex Revell who has found the net in both his team's last two games.

Revell, who was popular among sections of the then-Withdean crowd due to his impressive work rate, will represent a different sort of challenge for Greer and Dunk than the strikers they have faced so far this season. His likely partner, Jonson Clarke-Harris, has also scored in the last two outings - a home win over Leeds United and an exciting 3-3 draw with Fulham - meaning the Seagulls face a forward line bang on form.

Joe Bennett should return at left-back for Brighton after missing the Huddersfield game with a slight problem while Sami Hyypiä will hope Bruno recovers from his latest injury to provide Inigo Calderon with competition at right-back. The Seagulls had to make do without either first choice fullback at Huddersfield.

Joao Teixeira was another who sat out the midweek match after being taken off in the first half of last weekend's home defeat by Middlesbrough and, with Kazenga Lua Lua suspended tomorrow following his midweek red card, much of the Albion's creative hopes rest on Teixeira's recovery. If he plays, the Portuguese playmaker could

prove key.

Elsewhere, flair-hungry fans will again hope to see the mercurial Paddy McCourt given an extended run-out. The Northern Ireland international played an hour against

Middlesbrough but was an unused sub at Huddersfield.

Whatever the starting line-up, Brighton fans will expect to see an improved performance from the team's last home outing which ended in a disappointing display and a fifth defeat of the campaign.