McGhee expects last-day drama
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark McGhee thinks Brighton's survival hopes could go to the last day of the season.
Brighton & Hove Albion boss Mark McGhee says their hopes of Championship survival will likely have go to the last day of the season.
The Seagulls are five points adrift of safety after going the last nine matches without a victory, with eight matches left in their season.
The South Coast club still need to face fellow strugglers Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday in their run-in, with McGhee pointing to their clash with The Owls as crucial to their survival hopes.
"If we're going to get out of it, it has to go to the last game," McGhee said.
"If we don't beat Sheffield Wednesday then it won't, but if we beat them it will.
"Now, there are four teams in it and we've got to play two of them."
The former Reading, Leicester City, Wolves and Millwall manager hopes Saturday's goalless draw at home to play-off contenders Preston North End can boost confidence in his squad.
"It starts to get in players' minds that they are going to lose every game, regardless of how hard they are playing and working," he added. "But now we have stopped the rot.
"The point is a confidence booster for us. It keeps us at pace with those around us and maybe we will have the edge to go and get a result at QPR on Saturday."
Brighton only survived relegation on the last day of last season following a 1-1 home draw with Ipswich Town.
Meanwhile, The Seagulls have offered professional contracts to ten of their youngsters.
Third-year scholars Dean Cox and Sam Rents have each been offered one-year deals, while second-year scholars in Joe Gatting and Joel Lynch have been offered three-year contracts.
Goalkeeper John Sullivan, defender Tommy Elphick and midfielders Scott Chamberlain and Tommy Fraser have been offered two-year contracts, while Paul Hinshelwood and Wes Fogden have each been offered one-year deals.