BRIGHTON scorer Matt Sparrow has backed Town to go up – even if it has to be through the play-offs.
Sparrow’s second-half equaliser on Saturday threatened to kill off any realistic hopes Lee Clark’s men had of grabbing second spot.
Then Danny Ward fired in and the dream was still alive.
Seagulls substitute Sparrow was impressed by what he saw of the last ever visitors to Withdean.
He said: “I think they are one hell of a team. In the last few years they have always been there or thereabouts.
“Looking at the squad they had out against us, they have got really good players who are only on the bench.
“They brought on a couple of strikers who did the job for them.
“If I was going to tip anyone, it would be them.”
Town were the first team to score three times at Brighton and win since Leeds, inspired by a midfield masterclass from Neil Kilkenny, enjoyed a 3-0 stroll by the sea 17 months ago.
Sparrow highlights that sort of firepower as a reason for Terriers’ top six rivals to be wary.
He added: “They are always going to score goals. They have got experience in there as well.
“A few of them have been there and done it so good luck to them.
“They came down here and didn’t really sit back. They had a go.”
Sparrow’s two goals at Wembley gave Scunthorpe victory in the League I play-off final against Millwall two years ago.
The midfielder has told Clark’s men they could be on the verge of some of the best moments of their careers.
He said: “The play-offs certainly keep you on your toes.
“If you win, which is what happened to us, it’s the best feeling in the world.
“Two goals at Wembley is definitely the highlight of my career.
“We were 2-1 down as well so to do it that way was amazing.”
Brighton manager Gus Poyet believes Town are financially equipped for the Championship but insisted that is no guarantee they will finish above his League l champions if they go up.
Poyet said: “This year we went from fifth or sixth budget to champions. It’s a miracle.
“I never complain about how much we spend and I didn’t want to say anything during the season because it looks unfair on the opposition.
“But the difference in budget is amazing and next year if they go up – Huddersfield, Southampton and company – their budgets will be always higher than ours. That’s reality.”
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