If somebody had said to me 7 years ago that we’d be hosting the clubs the size of Aston Villa, Leeds, Newcastle in front over 30,000 supporters in one of the best new stadiums in the country, I’d say you were off your head.
However here we are fresh from an ugly and uninspiring 1-0 victory over Blackburn putting us 9 points clear of Huddersfield and just making us start to dream.
Many would argue that we shouldn’t be surprised at the way we’ve performed this season, after the way we propelled ourselves up to 3rd place last year and missing out on automatic promotion by 2 goals and then suffering 4 injuries within 26 minutes in the play off semi final 1st leg away at Sheffield Wednesday, however many were sceptical coming into this year. Frustrations were rife and at times toxic amongst some members of our fan base as we didn’t sign another forward to supplement Glenn Murray. Also after a disappointing 0-2 defeat to Brentford, some questioned our mental strength and character. Yet this only spurred the Albion onto going unbeaten for the rest of 2016.
2017 brought some disappointing results with embarrassing defeats at Lincoln City in the FA cup and a very abject performance away at Huddersfield. The Seagulls’ roller-coaster continued further into February with a pulsating 3-3 draw away at Brentford with David Stockdale saving a penalty and Brentford looking like they’d snatched the point away from us in the 94th minute. However Shane Duffy’s 97th minute header salvaged a point for the Albion.
Recent results have been somewhat consistently inconsistent, with the highs being as high as they can get, and the lows being very low, but this result against Blackburn really does feel like a turning point, not only in this season but in the clubs history. This really does feel like this is our time, our opportunity to step up to the big time after so many failed attempts.