McGhee's battle cry

NO matter what the result tomorrow, Brighton manager Mark McGhee is certain of his future with Albion.The Scot signed a new two-year extension to his contract on the eve of their relegation battle against Ipswich.

By Derek Davis

NO matter what the result tomorrow, Brighton manager Mark McGhee is certain of his future with Albion.

The Scot signed a new two-year extension to his contract on the eve of their relegation battle against Ipswich.

A point would ensure the Seagulls another season in the Championship although they would survive if Crewe drop points against Coventry or Gillingham lose at Nottingham Forest.


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“I have signed my contract prior to the Ipswich game in order to demonstrate to the players and the supporters my commitment is long term. It is my ambition to lead the team into a new stadium at Falmer and to play a part in maximizing the potential of this .

“I am convinced that Brighton & Hove is a city of the future and will have a stadium and club to complement it.”

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McGhee will be looking to end the season on a high but knows his Albion side face a mammoth task.

Ipswich must better Wigan's result at home to play-off contenders Reading to snatch the second automatic promotion place.

But McGhee insisted: “We have got the ability to get something off of Ipswich. It would obviously help us if Wigan are winning.

“Maybe we cannot count on that and we have got to tune our minds into thinking we need something out of the game. That's how we approached it at Rotherham. We didn't think a draw would do, we approached it knowing nothing less than a win would do.

“Ipswich are a fantastic team at this level and it will be a really difficult game but we have got character and no small amount of ability. We will regroup, see how the troops are looking and prepare ourselves again for another massive effort.”

Albion will be without top scorer Adam Virgo. The cartilage injury he has been carrying ruled him out at Rotherham and he had an operation earlier in the week.

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