Leeds United V Brighton and Hove Albion (17/10/15) | Review

Brighton fans are living in dreamland, and not just because they are still unbeaten but Bobby Zamora, described as the messiah, notched up his first Albion goal in over 12 years, 4,549 days to be exact. Zamora scored an 89th minute winner to knock down a resilient Leeds side who, as I’m writing this, are manager-less after Uwe Rosler was given the boot earlier today. All credit to Leeds for their performance, they were hard to break down, organised and had desire to score on every chance they had. But as most Albion fans will know, you need a bit of luck, and the Seagulls certainly got a huge slice on Saturday. The Seagulls took a 14 minute lead thanks to a Solly March goal. who was threaded through from a quite wonderful ball from Beram Kayal, and the young winger was on hand to coolly slot home past Marco Silvestri. Leeds upped their game after the goal, and were level in the 22nd minute after a cheap free kick was given away in a dangerous area, and a swinging ball from Alex Mowatt was met by the head of Liam Cooper, and found its way into an empty net after David Stockdale had been caught in no-mans-land. Leeds could of been in front had Chris Wood found the target from his free header, from another swinging Mowatt free kick, which should of been finished off. Wood had yet another chance to put Leeds in front but he put his shot over from 3 yards, after a bit of pinball in the Brighton penalty box after a corner from Mowatt. Stockdale almost gifted Leeds a goal, after he took too long to clear the ball, his clearance cannoned off Mowatt before striking the post and heading out for a goal kick. As the game became older, it was also becoming more stretched and chances were coming from both ends. Solly March hit the bar after cutting in from the right, and Leeds had some neat chances from ex-Seagull Will Buckley not put away. They would soon rue those missed chances, as a superb through ball from Gaetan Bong found its way to Booby Zamora, who kept his nerve and chipped it over a despairing Silvestri to score his first Albion goal in over 12 years. Based on the game, it could of been perceived as a goal against the run of play, but that won’t matter to Hughton or the Brighton fans as they now stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games, as well as open up a 4 point lead at the top of the table. After 3 frustrating draws, it was nice to see Brighton pick up 3 points whether or not they should of had them all or not.

Line-Up;

David Stockdale (6/7); Kept the Seagulls in the game, but could be at fault for their goal, after being caught in 2 minds whether or not to come for the ball. Could of gifted Mowatt a goal too, so a mixed day for the Albion no. 1.

Bruno (7); Seemed to be coping well, until the introduction of Buckley, where things went a little bit pear-shaped. Nothing to worry about though too much, and looking like an important member of the squad, something which wasn’t said a lot last season.

Greer (6); Only lasted 40 minutes, after picking up a minor knock. Help evade Leeds chances before making way for Hunemieier.

Dunk (7); Seemed to do OK with marking Wood for most of the game, might of been at fault for letting Cooper make the run around him for his goal, but was good enough to prevent any more Leeds goals.

Bong (8); Keeps going from strength to strength at the moment, with yet another assist which set up Zamora for the match winner. Early contender for Player of the Season?

Rosenior (7); Lovely link up play with Stephens in the first half, hardly got noticed in the second though, which properly prompted Hughton to go to a 4-3-3 with the introduction of Crofts.

Kayal (8); Showed some wonderful ability in midfield yet again, and made March’s goal with a delicate through ball. Seems to be showing the quality he had at Celtic a few years ago.

Stephens (7); After some excellent performances in recent games, Stephens to a back seat it would seem in this game, and just helped tick things over in the centre of the pitch. Had a good chance in the first half, but was comfortably saved by Silvestri.

March (8); Scored his first goal in 10 months, and showed glimpses of the quality which we knew he had, but has failed to use thus far. Could the Murphy suspension and the LuaLua injury actually been a good thing, as this has given Solly the incentive to cement his place in the team?

Baldock (7); Did well in the first half linking up well with Hemed, pushed out to the left in the second to accommodate the 3 up the top. Still think he has the goals in him to help win close matches though.

Hemed (7); Like, Baldock, did well in the first half, but not noticed too much in the second before making way for the goal winner Zamora with 12 to go.

Subs:

Hunemeier (7); The partnership all Brighton fans have been wanting, didn’t really disappoint as he worked well with Dunk, and other than the Wood chance in the 6 yard box, kept his chances to a minimum in the second.

Crofts (7); Got a return to first team action after his knee injury last October, and looked as if he never left. He was calm and collected on the ball and made some nice passes.

Zamora (9); What more to say? We have been waiting for this moment since the news that Bobby would be coming back, and what a way to do it; match winner and a cheeky chip! Bow down to Bobby Zamora.

Leeds [1] v [2] Brighton; Cooper (22); March (14), Zamora (89)

Att; 22,736 (940 Brighton Fans)

MOTM; Zamora

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