Brighton & Hove Albion supporters have often been known to accuse Palace fans of being “obsessed” with them but on Saturday evening, their own local paper The Argus, decided to publish a standalone piece, reminding everyone that the Seagulls were still above Roy Hodgson and co. following our 0-0 draw away at Watford.
I feel a tad silly for even pointing it out but by writing such an article on a weekend when Brighton weren’t even in competitive action, the paper and by definition the club they represent have offered a glimpse into their feelings of crippling insecurity when it comes to our potential success.
In what is their first Premier League season (their last appearance in the top tier came before Sky’s money saw the league re-branded) Brighton are currently sitting one place and one point above Palace in 13th, with a game in hand. Whilst I’m sure that’s a source of comfort for many of their followers, the decision to go public with a piece celebrating it seems a little bit pathetic.
Following their 3-2 loss at Selhurst Park just over a week ago, I dare say most Brighton fans would prefer to keep quiet between now and mid-May, when, if they do indeed finish above us, they’d have every right to gloat over the summer months.
Just to add some further gloss to the four-sentence “article” that The Argus felt compelled to share with their readers, the fourth and final line draws reference to Wilfried Zaha being booked for a “dive”, when in fact Chris Kavanagh has been roundly slaughtered from all corners for his error in not pointing to the penalty spot. Having seen the winger score his second career brace in our most recent triumph over our South Coast rivals, you’d think The Argus’ Chief Sports Reporter Andy Naylor would know better than to show himself up for being so bitter and twisted by furiously tapping away at his keyboard on a Saturday night.