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23 Mar 2001

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Micky Adams has not ruled out the possibility that his team can catch Division Three leaders Chesterfield especially if they can beat them when the two eventually meet after Saturday's game was postponed.

Chesterfield have been the runaway leaders in the division but their recent form has allowed the chasing pair of Cardiff and Brighton to close the gap slightly in the race for the championship.

Speaking exclusively to as he prepared for the visit of Nicky Law's team, Micky Adams revealed that he has been contemplating the possibility of snatching the title from The Spireites.

The Seagulls are still ten points behind their Derbyshire rivals but they have two games in hand, giving them a chance to move within a point of the top spot if they can beat them in the top of the table clash.

Asked if his team can catch up, Adams replied:

"Two weeks ago I would have said no but looking at the league table at the moment and with sort of form Chesterfield are in you have to say anything is possible."

However, the Brighton boss is aware that Chesterfield are a strong side, in spite of the problems the club has experienced off the pitch this season, and he doesn't anticipate an easy game.

"Their strength is that they have good players at this level. Nicky Law has bought quite wisely.

"They look very solid defensively, the boy Blatherwick has impressed me immensely, but I also feel that they have perhaps the best goalkeeper in the league in Mike Pollitt. They don't give many goals away.

"I think ourselves and Chesterfield have got the best defensive records, and then you couple that with the fact that they have a lot of experience with Reeves up front. Adding Beckett to that means they always have a threat going forward as well."

Brighton's recent form has pleased their manager, particularly that of his forwards, who have helped the South Coast side win six of their last ten games.

"Our front men and particularly our wide men have started to perform," he said.

"We're scoring more goals now than in the middle of the season. The only disappointing aspect from our point of view is that we've lost both our centre-halves.

"If we can keep them out at one end we look quite exciting going forward."

Adams was keen to praise the efforts of the Brighton fans, who are relishing the prospect of promotion after four years of nail-biting at the bottom end of Division Three. The manager admitted that the supporters have been a great help.

"We're sold out every week - our fans have stuck by us magnificently this season," he declared.

"It's one of the biggest league games in the country this week but we can only get 7,000 people in our stadium which is disappointing because a game like this with such a big profile, at the Goldstone, would have attracted something between 15,000 and 17,000."

Micky Adams

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