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Huddersfield Town's Joel Lynch ready for busy return to Brighton

The defender could come up against experienced Bobby Zamora

Joel Lynch could face Bobby Zamora

Joel Lynch goes back to Brighton and Hove Albion knowing that if selected, he could be in for a pretty busy afternoon.

Huddersfield Town’s central defender started his career at the South coast club, making 95 appearances before a 2009 switch to Nottingham Forest.

There’s a potential head to head between the 28-year-old, who joined Town in 2012, and Bobby Zamora.

Doug Thomson speaks prior to the Brighton game below

And Albion also have Israeli ace Tomer Hemed, Sam Baldock, who is pushing for a return after injury, and Anthony Knockaert to call on.

That makes it hard to believe they have suffered a real goal drought, with Zamora’s winner at Blackburn Rovers last Saturday their first in seven games.

Freshly-signed Frenchman Knockaert scored a couple of spectacular goals to seal Leicester City’s 2-0 Championship win over Town at the John Smith’s Stadium in October 2012.

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And the former Standard Liege player bagged another double as Leicester beat Town 6-1 in the reverse fixture on New Year’s Day 2013.

Baldock has been troubled by thigh and calf injuries of late, but has trained without problem during the build-up.

Hemed, a summer signing from Spanish side Almeria, and Zamora, who is in his second spell at Brighton, have bagged six goals apiece.

Former England striker Zamora marked his 35th birthday by sealing that welcome win at Ewood Park.

Brighton have slipped to fifth after leading the Championship in mid-December, and that was a first victory in eight league games.

Zamora, a product of the well-known Senrab junior club in East London, netted 83 goals in his initial spell at Brighton from 2000, when he signed from Bristol Rovers for £100,000 after a successful loan stint, and 2003, when he joined Tottenham Hotspur for £1.5m.

Bobby Zamora of Brighton and Hove Albion

Twice a promotion winner with the Seagulls, he failed to fire at Spurs, but was a hit with West Ham United, where he won promotion to the Premier League in 2005, Fulham, whom he helped reach the 2010 Europa League final, and QPR, where he won another promotion from the Championship in 2014.

He rejoined Brighton during the close-season, and that strike against Blackburn moved him above Peter Ward to fifth in Brighton’s all-time top goalscorers’ list.

“It’s more pleasing to get the three points, which were much needed,” he said.

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“The more points you get on the board, the more of a chance you have to get promoted, and that is our ultimate aim.

“There’s a long way to go and still plenty of twists and turns along the way from everybody in the division.

“We knew there were always going to be blips along the way. It’s all about having the character to come back.

“We pulled up our sleeves and it wasn’t a pretty game. They didn’t make it easy, they’re a team that work hard and they made it hard for us too.

“But we matched them and got the result we wanted, and now we need to push on again.”


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