Game 15 is over and done with, as well as part 2 of the tough away games, after the Seagulls left Yorkshire with a point. In all honesty, it wasn’t the game that everyone was hyping up to be; it was cagey at the best of times and no team really got a firm grip on the game, with a point being the fair result. With that draw, Brighton now equal a club record 16 unbeaten league games in a row, if you include the draw away at Middlesbrough last season, a record which has stood for 85 years! Not bad going for a team who had such a terrible season last year. So, should the promotion rivals (Burnley, Derby, Middlesbrough etc.) be taking Brighton more seriously with this achievement? At the minute its hard to say; yes they should because they haven’t lost yet, no because they have drawn 7 of their 15 games and can’t always guarantee they will score a goal. It great to think that we are proving, not only other teams, but pundits and many other fans alike wrong with this unbeaten run, but Brighton do need to start winning games if they are to be serious promotion contenders, because at the moment I think they will fall short and only secure a play-off place, due to the fact they can’t score enough goals to win games. That’s not having a dig at the team either, all other promotion contenders have a 20+ goalscorer (Burnley – Andre Gray, QPR – Charlie Austin, Middlesbrough – Kike, Derby – Chris Martin, Reading – Nick Blackman etc.) and Brighton fall just short in that department and have ever since Glenn Murray left, there was glimpses from Leo Ulloa, but not enough to strike them the gold of the Premier League. Previous promotion winners from recent seasons have had players scoring in excess of 25 or even 30, and that’s what Brighton need, could it be Jonathan Calleri who does it, or someone else? Whoever it is, they need to be ruthless in front of goal. The game last night was a good-old fashioned 0-0 draw; boring and wanted to claw your eyes out at times. The first and only shot on target came in the 86th minute…due to both bad finishing and good defending. Wednesday had the first chance in the first half when Jack Hunt latched onto a lofted ball over the Albion defence, but put his shot into the side netting. Brighton had the next chance when a dangerous free kick was hit low into the box and after a bit of ping pong, Uwe Hunemeier stabbed the ball wide of the post. They had another chance, after Sam Baldock broke down the right wing and hit a powerful shot, which was saved by Kieran Westwood, but only to fall to the feet of Solly March, who’s shot was blocked by the defender. Wednesday had 2 appeals for a penalty declined by referee Kevin Wright, the first for a handball by Inigo Calderon, and then a foul by the Spaniard on Fernando Forestieri.
Line-up; I will NOT be doing ratings for this game, as its hard to judge and rate players when they didn’t do anything nor have anything to do. Sorry if this seems lazy, bit pointless when a majority of the team will have a 5/6 rating and a small description.
Bruno, Hunemeier, Dunk, Rosenior
Calderon, Kayal, Stephens, March
Sheffield Wednesday  v  Brighton:
Att; 23,712 ( 471 away)
MOTM; Unable to give one as there is no ratings 😦