Brighton: Charlie Oatway looks to seal play-off berth

Brighton & Hove Albion first-team coach Charlie Oatway hopes the club can seal a place in the Championship play-offs.

A win at Leeds on Saturday would guarantee the Seagulls a top-six finish with one game of the season remaining.

He told BBC Sussex: "It would be a nice situation to be in. I'm sure a few of the teams scrapping at the bottom of the play-offs would love to have that.

"If you are lucky enough to get in it then it [play-off semi-final opponents] all depends on where you finish."

Oatway's play-off success

Richard Carpenter, Charlie Oatway and Leon Knight

Charlie Oatway was part of the Brighton side which won promotion via the Division Two play-offs in 2004.

"When we got to the final at the Millennium Stadium I personally don't think were were the strongest side in the play-offs," he told BBC Sussex.

"They were all good sides and a betting man would probably say we were the weakest side in it. We went and won it.

"Once you're in it, the gloves are off. It is not like the league and it changes your thinking."

Brighton are unbeaten in seven matches, but Oatway has played down suggestions their momentum will have an impact should they reach the play-offs.

"I don't know how important it is," he said.

"If you're going to get in the play-offs, you're going to get in the play-offs.

"It would be nice to go in in a nice vein of form. Once you're in there I don't think it really matters."

Brighton manager Gus Poyet has added experience to his side this season, with the signing of keeper Tomasz Kuszczak and loan deals for defenders Wayne Bridge and Matthew Upson.

Coupled with their international pedigree, the Seagulls have a host of players who have played top-flight football in England or Spain, and Oatway hopes that will prove a factor should Albion make the play-offs.

"You'd like to think so but every team in that play-off area have players who, in some capacity, have played internationally, in the Premier League or abroad," he said.

"It is such a strong league that everyone has got flakes of it in their squad and we are no different.

"We have got some players who have played in the top-flight and we would like to think that has a bearing on us in the last two games and in the play-offs."