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Match Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Wigan Athletic

Well following a very entertaining weekend game where we actually looked like scoring goals, Uwe Rosler takes the boys to the coast for a game against the struggling Brighton with the boys hoping to grab a win and three points.

Ian Walton

Much like the weekend, we play a game against a struggling team with three points helping us to climb up the table. The enthuses has to then be on our strengthens going into this game, at the moment that is getting the ball forward and attacking the opponent.

Question is though who does Rosler choose to play in the attacking roles? Callum McManaman often gets a rest when two games in a week occurs, does that see the return of the inform James McClean? You would expect so. The other question has to be does Marc Antoine Fortune retain his place up front? The striker hasn't scored in the past two games but he does a lot more than that for this team.

There has been a lot of talk in the past two weeks from our camp about coming back together and getting our season kicked off. We did it against Derby and then continued on with a very impressive performance against a reborn Fulham side, now we have to do it again and we need another win.

In a period where the games start too pile on thick and fast the size and quality of our squad as to shine through.

Some of that quality isn't far away from  a return with both Ben Watson and Chris McCann again playing for the development squad, will one of them make an appearance on the bench? I wouldn't rule out that possibility.

Brighton themselves are going through a period of transition. After, under both Gus Poyet and Oscar Garcia, making the play offs two years on the trot they have struggled this season under Sami Hyypia's leadership. The former Liverpool defender has had to deal with the loss of some influential figures over the summer(Leonardo Ulloa and Will Buckley), and it will take a period of time for this to settle down at the costal team.

They do now have though one of our favourites on their books. Ali Al Habsi having joined Brighton last week for a month's loan, of course he won't be able to play against us tonight.

How will this play out? On paper we have both been leaking goals, and well we seem the team who may score more than Brighton after we bagged five in our past two games. Yet this is Championship football and things never go how you think they will.

A win is on the mind of every Wigan fan tonight, whether you travelling down their or getting the chance to watch the game at the ground via beam-back, yet I get the feeling this is going to be a very boring stalemate. I hope I am wrong.

Either way we have to look to continue our recent unbeaten record and keep the moment going in one way, and hopefully that is up the Championship table.