I Was There... I Was There...

Sam RickmanContributor IMarch 1, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Gary Dicker of Brighton evades a challenge from Luke Young of Aston Villa during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 4th Round match between Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park on January 23, 2010 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Yeah, I was there.

You see the image, those who don't support Brighton and are ignorant of our cup run this year? That was from Aston Villa away. And I was there.

Something that strikes me about fans of my own tender age, is that they often are attracted to the big games, claiming that that is what success is based on, whether you beat big teams.

If you're not aware of the football situation in Sussex, relatively few younger people support Brighton. Its all about the Big Four or Spurs.

Possibly, and indeed probably down to the fact that Archer and Bellotti and the board in charge before Knight took over and saved us, sold the Goldstone to developers and left us dead. I've never seen Brighton play at a proper stadium for a home game.

Yet, given our recent run of away games, Leeds (where we drew 1-1 but were 1-0 up till the 95th minute and probably deserved to win) and Charlton (where we won 2-1, and their goal was a late consolation goal), I was much more looking forward to a vital league game than maybe going to Villa, realistically.

Yes. I'd rather sit in Villa Park, with 6,000 or so of us singing our hearts out and being proud to wear the badge on our chest, but in terms of what I want to see us do both come May this year, and the next year or two, three points on Saturday was much, much more important to me than an amazing performance.

However, come college tomorrow, Liverpool fans will be satisfied with their ground-out 2-1 victory over Blackburn, Arsenal fans will be lively when discussing their 3-1 victory over Stoke, both games, where the team that should have won on paper, did.

Yet, as soon as I mention how Brighton kept a clean sheet, how Gary Dicker (the player in the picture) scored an absolute stunner, and I mean, it was a stunner even from a non-Brighton fan stance, I'll be given scowls.

All three games, where the better team on paper won, yet only two are deemed acceptable and the third was a "**** win, from a **** team" as one fan of the aforementioned Liverpool, would put it.

Oh well...