Albion boss Chris Hughton feels James Wilson’s scoring return on Tuesday could be the spark needed in his side’s promotion push.
Manchester United loanee Wilson got the only goal in the Championship win over Reading to increase Brighton’s unbeaten run to five. It was the frontman’s first start since January 1 and Hughton feels that the goal will give him confidence to take into the rest of the season.
He said: “I hope he can have a good impact. James is a typical player who has come in on loan and is getting used to the competition and what is needed at this level.
“I think Tuesday was his best game for us and scoring the winner will give him all the confidence he may have needed.”
Albion moved up to second with the win but will fall to third following tonight’s clash between Middlesbrough and Hull.
Brighton travel to MK Dons tomorrow, knowing a victory will move them up to second heading into the international break.
Around 7,000 Seagulls fans will make the trip and Hughton is hoping they can roar his team on to victory.
He said: “To be taking the estimated numbers we are to the game on Saturday is outstanding. It reflects where we are in the league and is a reflection of how the supporters have been quite happy with what they have seen throughout the season.
“In relative terms, where they can and have to travel, it’s a local one but it’s still an outstanding number.”
With eight Albion squad members on international duty next week, Hughton feels a win will be a perfect boost heading into a week without a game: “It makes it a better international break if you win. Is it a must-win game for us? Probably not, but we want to win every game.”
Bobby Zamora is set to return to the Albion squad after missing the Reading game with a knock.
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