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Brighton and Hove Albion aim to revive promotion bid

1 April 2014

By Tony Leighton

After the wrong kind of hat-trick - three straight defeats - Brighton and Hove Albion will be aiming to revive their promotion bid at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening.

A fortnight ago the Seagulls were flying, just one place and one point below the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places with a game in hand.

Now they are four points off the pace, but the trip to Ewood Park is that game in hand and so what could be a crucial victory would significantly narrow the gap.

As experienced left-back Stephen Ward points out, the recent trio of disappointing results just about sums up the vagaries of the Championship.

In their previous four games Brighton had picked up three wins and a draw, and they can get back to that standard says the Republic of Ireland international.

"The strange thing about this league," he said, "is that one week you can win three in a row and the next week you can lose a couple.

"The games come so thick and fast that you can turn it around very quickly, which is what we have to do at Blackburn.

"It's also our game in hand, one we've spoken about for a long time - and if we go there and get a result then we're right back in the hunt for the Play-Offs."

Ward is set for what may be a torrid evening at Ewood Park as he lines up against winger Craig Conway, who until January was a Brighton team-mate.

"He's a great player for them," said Ward of the Scotland international, "and he was great when he was here. I really enjoyed playing behind him.

"He gives everything for the team, so we know what he'll give to them. He's an all-round good winger, a great lad and one we really missed when he left here.

"He's doing really well, and they've also got one of the most prolific strikers [Jordan Rhodes] in the league, so we've no doubt it's going to be a tough game."

It should indeed be tough as Blackburn will be looking to keep alive their slim hopes of breaking into the Play-Off positions.

Rovers are currently eight points below the top six, but like Brighton they have a game in hand and victory would put them just one point behind the Seagulls.

But Ward added: "We never fear anyone we've played this season, and if we can perform to our capability then we'll have a great chance of winning the game."

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