The Seagulls have lost just one of their last nine games in all competitions, yet still sit two points and two places behind fourth-placed Boro having played a game more.

"We like a challenge and we'll get one tonight I'm sure, " says Lead Coach Paul Stephenson, adding, "but so will they.

"We're looking forward to this game, as we do them all to be fair. The lads are in good heart."

His team have settled following changes in January that saw players move out on loan and the guts of a new team put together - they have lost just one of their last six in all competitions and that narrowly.

The game affords Boro the chance to close on those above them, as third-placed Reading, one point and one place above, but having played two games more and whom Boro beat recently, don't play until Monday night when they are away to second-placed Aston Villa, two places and three points ahead of us but with a superior goal difference.

Kick-off at Heritage Park tonight is 7pm. Entry is free to Boro Season Card holders and £3 to everyone else.