It was back to winning ways at home on Saturday for Brighton, after a hard-fought win against Huddersfield, which moved them up to 3rd, just 6 points off table toppers Hull. Goals from Bobby Zamora and James Wilson ended Huddersfield 5 game unbeaten run, with Harry Bunn the scorer for the Terriers.
Brighton had the first chance of the game; Jamie Murphy drove at Tom Smith before putting in a quick, low cross across the 6 yard box, but unfortunatly nobody was on the end of it. Next was arguably the counter attack of the season, with Zamora starting and finishing the goal; a corner was cleared by Zamora and a quick break ensued, Beram Kayal picked up the loose ball and drove into the Terriers half, he then played Anthony Knockaert in down the right wing, Knockaert squared up to Smith before cutting back and whipping in a delightful cross, in where Zamora had darted the full length of the pitch, to volley home the pinpoint cross giving the Albion a deserved lead. Huddersfield had their first chance late in the half; a free kick from the right wasn’t defended well by Brighton, and after a bit of pinball and head tennis, the ball fell to Nahki Wells, who blasted his chance over and into the North Stand. Huddersfield did score on their next attack though; a cross from Smith on the right wing was missed by Emyr Huws, but the unmarked Bunn got his head to it, and guided it into the bottom corner. In to the second half, and Brighton had a great chance to regain the lead; Knockaert’s free kick from 25 yards out had Jed Steer beaten in the Terrier’s goal, but not the post as it knicked the outside of it. Knockaert was at the centre of another Albion chance, and this one was taken. After driving at Joel Lynch, he put in a cross which was behind Wilson, but the on loan striker managed to get his head to it, and guide it past Steer into the corner. No more chances happened in the final few minutes, but Huddersfield did lose a man, after Smith was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Kazenga LuaLua. All in all, it was a good afternoon for the Albion; back to winning ways at home, and with the other promotion chasing teams all dropping points, it made the win even better.
Stockdale (7); Not much to do, relatively quiet in the 2nd half.
Bruno (7); Supported Knockaert well, and was always looking to get forward. Defended well, but didn’t have too many problems.
Dunk (7); Contained Wells well and was comfortable on the ball, didn’t rush anything and look solid.
Goldson (7); Liked to get forward at every chance he had, and picked out good passes which helped start attacks.
Ridgewell (6); After some good games beforehand, he was quiet on his home debut, but never really troubled except defending the cross which lead to their equaliser.
Knockaert (8); Another electrifying game from the new boy; got both assists and dazzled with his tremendous skill and agility, might just be bargain of the window.
Kayal (7); Struggled early on, but got into his passing rhythm as the game went on, especially in the 2nd half as opposition legs started to ware.
Stephens (6); Taken off at half-time presumably due to the knock he picked up during the first half. A little quiet and wasn’t convincing with his passing.
Murphy (7); Gave Smith a headache in the first half with his attacks, before rotating positions in the second half.
Hemed (6); The only chance he had was the cross from Murphy, which he should of been on, but didn’t bust a neck to get there.
Zamora (8); Started and finished his goal, and is already a goal of the year contender. That is now 5 goals in 7 starts this season for Bobby./
Crofts (7); On for Stephens at half-time; helped Kayal sweep up any loose ball in midfield, but was more defensively minded.
Wilson (8); Scored the winner, and what a goal it was; stretching behind his body to guide the ball past the keeper. Looked a threat throughout, especially when linking up with Knockaert
LuaLua (7); Returned to The AMEX for the first time in 3 1/2 months, and was electric when given the ball; wasn’t afraid to run at defenders, which got Smith sent off.
Brighton  –  Huddersfield; Zamora (30), Wilson (66); Bunn (45+2)