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20 Sep 2001

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Micky Adams has said that his squad's selflessness has been a major reason for the Seagulls' excellent start to the season.

The Albion are perched at the top of the Nationwide League Division Three after a start that saw them drop a grand total of seven points from a possible 24.

The boss puts the success down to the way his summer signings have allowed him to tailor his side according to who Brighton are playing.

The squad rotation system preferred by big-time Premiership teams seems to be working a treat for Adams despite his entire first team playing staff being only slightly larger than the matchday squads used by teams in the top-flight.

After bringing in Simon Morgan, Geoff Pitcher, Robbie Pethick and Dirk Lehmann, the Seagulls have the depth they need.

The boss said: "We have got a decent squad now. Before there used to be 12 or 13 I could rely on.

"Now there are 18 and I'm not afraid to make changes. I know that sometimes disturbs the pattern but players will have to accept that."

Luckily, Adams' squad knows that the team comes first even when they as individuals are not picked for the starting eleven. And the Seagulls boss is delighted to have his players' understanding.

"Everybody will get their chance but I'm saying to them don't be disappointed if you miss out for any particular game because there are always reasons behind it."

"Against Stoke I was able to try every permutation going in terms of formation and personnel.

"If you look at their side they've got some big boys and that was part of the reason why I changed the team.

"That's why I brought Paul Rogers back and left people like Nathan Jones on the bench. They didn't deserve to be left out but the reports from my scouts said Stoke are very big and physical and we had to match them to a certain degree."

Micky Adams

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