MKDFC v BHAFC (19/3/16) | Review

The international break is upon us, and it’s time to reflect on what’s happened during the past 4 months since the last. In that time we have extended our unbeaten run to 22 games, lost 3 home games in a row, went back on a 4 game winning streak, won back-to-back 4-0’s and of course are still in the promotion race, currently sitting in 2nd. As we enter the final furlong, it’s now time to buckle in and enjoy what the final 8 games have to offer. It could have all been different if not for the result on Saturday; Brighton could have been 3rd one point behind Middlesbrough rather than in front, had Carl Baker not fluffed his team’s chance of a point by missing a 92nd minute penalty. The result on Saturday reflects the season as a whole; we may not be brilliant but we can turn, what would normally in previous seasons be 1 point, into 3 and that’s what gets you promoted.

This game had it all; goals, red card and a missed penalty at the death; if you didn’t have a heart or panic attack, you clearly weren’t watching the same game. A bright start from the hosts carved them out a few good chances early on; first a volley from Darren Potter tested out David Stockdale, not long before a bursting run from Johnathan Williams was followed up by a tame effort. Daniel Powell had his effort blocked by Liam Rosenior in a last-ditch challenge. No real chances for a lacklustre Albion team, but they came out all guns blazing in the 2nd; substitute Tomer Hemed was brought down in the box a couple minutes after he was brought on, the Israeli stepped up and sent Dons keeper Cody Cropper the wrong way to give Brighton a 1-0 lead, much to the delight of the 7000+ supporters. Moments later it was 2-0; Jiri Skalak sent an inviting ball deep into the box, and Hemed rose highest to nod the ball home past Cropper. Jamie Murphy’s surging run down the left was followed up with a good-looking low cross across the face of goal, but Cropper just got hands to it before it got to the approaching James Wilson, for the simplest of tap-ins. Wilson also hit the side netting after beating the offside trap, after a good flick on from Hemed. MK got back into the game though through a Anthony Kay header from a Josh Murphy free-kick. It was threatening to boil over with Stockdale and Kyle McFazdean being booked during a 8 man scramble, when the Albion stopper held onto the ball; but not soon after McFazdean was given his marching orders for an elbow on Hemed, in which he received a straight red. Hemed had a glorious chance to bag a hat-trick; his took the ball down off his chest, after the ball was half-cleared by Jordan Spence, before volleying inches wide of the post from 12 yards out. The heart-in-mouth moment fell in the 90th minute, when Dale Stephens was judged to have handled the ball while defending a corner. After consulting with his linesman, the ref Chris Kavanagh, awarded the penalty much to the shock of the Brighton players, bench and supporters. Baker stepped up to are it, but he dragged the ball wide which was greeted with a massive roar from the away end, and cheers from the bench. Kavanagh blew his whistle to sent Brighton back into the top 2, and sent MK Dons into the relegation places.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); Some basic saves was all he was required to do, but did well when putting off Baker for the penalty, properly would of saved it too had it of been inside of the post.

Bruno (7); Standard afternoon for him, more defending rather than attacking, but his defending was good against a difficult customer in Josh Murphy.

Goldson (7); Had some shaky moments with some passes back to Stockdale, but was strong in defending against Nicky Maynard.

Dunk (7); Reletivly easy afternoon for him, left Goldson to mark Maynard while he swept up anything in between him and the midfielders.

Rosenior (6); Not involved too much in an attacking sense, but was firm in defence.

Skalak (7); Has found it hard to adjust to English football, but got a small taste of what he can do when given a chance with a beautiful cross to Hemed.

Kayal (7); Good afternoon as usual in midfield; bit overrun in the first, but took control during the second.

Stephens (7); Harsh call against him for handball, but got justice with the missed kick. Was an asset with his passing again with good balls to the front 2.

Murphy (7); Struggled to get into the game at times, but livened up in the 2nd.

Baldock (6); Not his usual self, did all the running he could in the first before being replaced by Hemed after picking up an injury.

Wilson (6); Had a couple of good chances, but couldn’t finish them. Hard first half for him, before being replaced injured too

Subs;

Hemed (9); Superb introduction, gambled on a loose ball which won the penalty, then scored a good header; maybe should of had a hat-trick after having a goal disallowed for offside, but it was a great performance from him; not sure why he didn’t start.

Sidwell (6); On for the injured Skalak to sure up the midfield as MK pressed on for an equaliser.

LuaLua (5); On for Wilson, no real threat from him, and was booked for his over the top reaction to the awarding of the hosts penalty.

MKDFC [1]-[2] BHAFC; Kay (70); Hemed (56pen)(62);

Att; 21,345 (7034 Brighton)

MOTM; Hemed

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MKDFC v BHAFC (19/3/16) | Preview

The last game before the international break will tell us whether Brighton are in control or still chasing the final automatic promotion place. They travel to a MK Dons side, who are in serious danger of dropping into the relegation places, with them languishing just a point above them.

MK Dons News;

Karl Robinson has been left short of central midfielders after MK decided to suspend Samir Carruthers for his behaviour at Cheltenham on Tuesday, while Ben Reeves is out injured and Jake Forster-Caskey can’t play against his parent club, even if he was fit enough. Dean Bowditch and Josh Murphy are joint top scorers with 4 goals each.

FACT; MK Dons have failed to score in only 6 of their 18 home games.

Brighton News;

Bobby Zamora missed Tuesday’s win against Reading with a minor knock, but is expected to be named on the bench. James Wilson will be pushing for another start after scoring the winner on Tuesday; it was his 4th of the season. Tomer Hemed remains Albion top scorer with 11.

FACT; Brighton have only won 5 of their 18 games away this season so far.

Earlier In The Season: BHAFC [2]-[1] MKDFC (7/11/15);

It finished 2-1 to the Albion back in November. Goals from Solly March and Jamie Murphy gave Brighton a early 2-0, with Nicky Maynard scoring for the visitors.

H-2-H;

In the previous 8 meetings between the 2 sides MK Dons have won 4, with Brighton winning 3. Brighton have never won at the Stadium MK (1D, 2L), nor have they scored (0-0, 2-0, 1-0). There has been 3 red cards in the previous 2 meetings at Stadium MK, and these games are usually quite feisty; 29 cards shown in the last 5 games, 4 of which have been red; expect more in this upcoming encounter.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;

Baldock, Hemed;

Prediction;

MK Dons 0-1 Brighton

BHAFC v RFC (15/3/16) | Review

On a chilly night on the South Coast, it was the battle for 3 points between 2 sides, who have been shocked on how their season is going. Brighton were looking for the 3 points to clamber into the automatic promotion places, while Reading were looking to edge away from the relegation places. However, it was the home side who prevailed, in a game which turned quite scrappy very quickly. The first half was good; nice, crisp passing from both sides, with good chances but the second half was more wrestling than football, with fouls being given every couple of minutes for bear-hugs and unnecessary fouls. It suited Brighton as it helped the clock run down, but as it did, Reading grew more and more frustrated, which only meant that the fouls got worse and more consistent. But it was a valuable 3 points for the Seagulls, as it took them into the top 2 with Hull’s home draw against Forest.

After a fast-paced start, the first chance fell in favour of the visitors; Matej Vydra received the ball from Danny Williams on the edge of the Albion box, and after carving an opening he fluffed his attempt, but Hal Robson-Kanu was on hand to take the shot, which strayed just wide of David Stockdale’s post hitting his water bottle in the process. Brighton had a good chance to open the scoring, when Sam Baldock picked up a long ball he tried to cut inside for a shot, however he was tackled but it fell kindly for Anthony Knockaert, he then tried a shot after getting the better of Jordan Obita, but it hit the side-netting. Baldock then picked up a loose ball after a headed clearance from the Brighton defence, he then played a simple pass forward into the path of Dale Stephens, he then took it into the box and had his low shot well saved by Ali Al-Habsi. Baldock was involved again in the next Brighton chance; Jamie Murphy played a good ball into Baldock, and after running at the Royals defence, he put through James Wilson who hit the ball first time into the corner via the post, to give the Seagulls a 1-0 lead. Vydra had a long shot saved by Stockdale soon after, but the Albion stopper couldn’t gather it in time with Robson-Kanu lurking, but the Reading forward blasted the chance high over the bar. Into the second half, and Baldock had a great chance to double the lead; Knockaert did well to beat Obita down the right, and after a lovely cut-back to the penalty spot Baldock met it, but his shot was sliced over. Murphy was next to have a good chance; after Stephens won the ball in midfield and passed to Baldock, the latter quickly helped it onto Murphy before he was caught offside, but his side foot effort was narrowly wide of the far post. Robson-Kanu had a good header well saved by Stockdale towards the end of the game; but it wasn’t as good as a chance that Williams had, after a Garath McLeary free-kick was hit deep but was recovered by Michael Hector with a volley back towards goal but Williams, who was free, blazed his volley wide when it seemed harder to miss. The game ended, with Brighton moving up into 2nd while Reading stay 15th, looking over their shoulder.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); Not much for him to do, but could thank his lucky stars that Robson-Kanu missed after he spilled Vydra’s shot.

Bruno (7); Worked hard with Knockaert, and was defensively very good.

Goldson (7); Another great performance for the youngster; made it hard for Vydra the get any clear openings on goal, which resulted in him having long attempts.

Dunk (7); Solid as he has been for the past few weeks, with good clearing headers and slick passing. 

Rosenior (6); Didn’t affect the game too much, but was where he needed to be when required.

Knockaert (6); Worked hard as usual, but seems like teams have figured him out already, and is now hard for him to weave his magic.

Kayal (7); Re-called to the starting XI, and proved why he shouldn’t be left out.

Stephens (7); Good performance after some below par ones prior; should of had a goal, but was good overall.

Murphy (6); Maybe should of scored when 1-on-1, but other than that it was a hard night for him.

Baldock (8); At the heart of everything that Brighton did; excellent running as usual and was a nuisance all night.

Wilson (7); Best game in an Albion shirt; non-stop running and was rewarded with a goal.

Subs;

LuaLua (5); Short introduction for the explosive winger.

Bong (5); Good to see him back, nothing of major concern.

Sidwell (N/A); On late to see out the game.

BHAFC [1]-[0] RFC; Wilson (25);

Att; 23,418

MOTM; Baldock

BHAFC v RFC (15/3/16) | Preview

Huge game at the AMEX on Tuesday night, as Brighton take on Reading. It has been a contrasting season for both teams, with Brighton possibly over-achieving while Reading under-achieving, but with Reading’s exit from the F.A Cup last Friday, they can now focus on keeping their Championhsip status, with them looming only 8 points above the relegation places.
Reading News;

Jake Cooper will be suspended for this game, after being sent off during the Royal’s F.A Cup defeat against Crystal Palace. Yann Kermogant and George Evans are both available after being cup-tied last time. Danny Williams is the leading scorer with 5 goals, while Lucas Piazon, Ola John and Hal Robson Kanu are all on 3 goal apiece.

FACT; The Royals have lost 10 of their 17 away games so far, and have only won once in 11 games.

Brighton News;

Beram Kayal is expected to gain a re-call to the starting XI after being benched last week. Chris Hughton has no new injury concerns, and is just waiting for Uwe Hunemeier to return to full training, which is a couple of weeks away. Tomer Hemed remains the Seagulls top scorer with 11, with Bobby Zamora close behind with 7.

FACT; Last Tuesday’s draw with Sheffield Wednesday was their 14th of the season, and their 7th 0-0.

Earlier In The Season: RFC [1]-[1] BHAFC (31/10/15);

It finished level earlier in the season; Jamie Murphy opened the scoring for the Albion, but a error from David Stockdale allowed Matij Vydra to bag an equaliser.

H-2-H;

Brighton have only won 3 times in 17 games against Reading, while the Royals have won 8. 5 of the last 7 games between the 2 have been draws with the other 2 being a win for either side. Brighton haven’t beaten Reading in the league, however, since April 2003. But with Brighton needing the 3 points to keep up with the promotion chasers, they are more likely to be the team to go away with the 3 points.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;

Baldock, Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 2-1 Reading

The Final Mile; The Run-In

As the season nears it’s conclusion, its time for teams to get down to the nitty gritty stuff to grind out the final few games, and turn their season into something special. 4 teams are still battling for 2 automatic promotion places, while it looks as if 5 teams will be going against each other in the quest to pick up the last 2 play-off places. I have composed the remaining fixtures into the documents below, and given my verdict on who will extending their season, and who will be celebrating til the early morn. As always, any different opinions are welcome and can be shared in the comments either below or on Facebook 🙂

Automatic Table

Play-Offs Table

BHAFC v SWFC (8/3/16) | Review

Another tight and tense game resulted in another bore draw, which has left Brighton’s automatic promotion hopes hanging in the balance. In treacherous conditions, it was all about the 2 solid defenses rather than the attackers, with only a few clear chances created.

The first chance of the game came from Jamie Murphy when he took in a pass from Liam Rosenior and cut inside, but his shot was blocked and just went over the crossbar. Murphy has another chance soon after; a cross from Anthony Knockaert was headed clear, only to Murphy who vollied his shot marginally wide of Kieran Westwood’s post. The 2nd half started in the same fashion; cagey and needing something to spark the game into life, and the introduction of Kazenga LuaLua might just of been that sark, but it was Wednesday who threatened to adjust the score line; Barry Bannan cut away from Dale Stephens and hit a crisp shot towards the top left-hand corner of David Stockdale’s post, but the latter got good hands to it to parry it to safety. Bannan tested Stockdale again moments before the end, when he hit a low driving shot towards goal, but Stockdale saved well. LuaLua, who had been extremely quiet since coming on, had a shot well blocked by Tom Lees, a shot which looked to have Westwood worried as it was traveling towards the bottom corner. No more chances for either side, but in all fairness it was the result most would of backed, and it was evident on the pitch that it was going to end this way. One thing is for certain, I definatly would not like to play Wednesday in the play-offs.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); 2 good saves from Bannan, other than that he was relatively quiet.

Bruno (6); Not much attacking joy for him, but stuck well with his defensive duties.

Goldson (7); Solid defending against a tough opponent in Joao; wasn’t afraid to bring the ball out of defense and was calm when given the ball.

Dunk (7); Good defensive headers when crosses came in during the 2nd half; put his body on the line a couple of times when blocking shots.

Rosenior (7); Attacked as much as he could, but was thwarted most of the time with the solid Liam Palmer in his way; good defensively.

Knockaert (6); Did non-stop running once again, but needed the support of the midfield and Hemed when chasing down defenders.

Stephens (6); Looked good in the 1st half, but pretty slack in the 2nd; basic passing went astray and seemed to be overrun by the likes of Bannan.

Sidwell (5); Very poor from the on-loan midfielder; passing was drab and lost possession far too easily, he doesn’t need telling that it was a terrible performance.

Murphy (6); Attacked well with Rosenior, but Palmer stood in the way. Couple shots, but weren’t really going to trouble the keeper.

Baldock (5); Hard to do a job like he does when Wednesday keep the ball so well, and make it hard for teams to play through them; this resulted in a lot of long balls skidding off the wet surface rewardless running.

Hemed (5); Wednesday defense was on him like a rash; he could shrug them off and it hindered his runs and movement.

Subs;

Zamora (5); Little for him to do, other than getting caught offside a coupe of times.

LuaLua (5); Was slow to get into the game,  but that maybe from the lengthy lay-off from the injury.

Wilson (4); Not much time given to make an impact.

BHAFC [0]-[0] SWFC;

Att; 26,128

MOTM; Goldson

BHAFC v SWFC (8/3/16) | Preview

Brighton return home on Tuesday, after a tough game on Saturday in Lancashire; they welcome a Sheffield Wednesday side who have suffered a dip in form recently after going 7 games unbeaten. 

Sheff Wed News;

Wednesday will be without Fernando Forestieri as he completes a 2 match ban, but Sam Hutchinson is expect to be back alongside Liam Palmer and Joe Bennett. Forestieri is the leading Owls scorer with 12, with Gary Hooper marginally behind him with 10.

FACT; The Owls have only won 4 out of their 17 games on the road.

Brighton News;

There is no new injury concerns for Chris Hughton to worry about, just Uwe Hunemeier and Kazenga LuaLua who are still out, but will likely make changes to the side that drew at Preston. Tomer Hemed is the leading Albion scorer with 11, with Bobby Zamora behind him on 7.

FACT; Brighton have won 12 of their 17 home games, scoring 27 goals and only conceding 15.

Earlier In The Season: SWFC [0]-[0] BHAFC (3/11/16);

It was a tough game earlier in the season at Hillsbrough, but it ended in a 0-0 draw, with both defences on top. Expect more of the same again.

H-2-H;

In the 15 games played between the 2 Brighton have won 3, with Wednesday winning 6. Brighton haven’t beaten the Owls since September 2013, and have since lost 3 and drew 3 while only scoring 2 goals in that time. The previous 2 games have finished 0-0, but with both teams in good goal-scoring form and wanting to cement their position in the table, there might be a few goals in the game.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Sidwell, Kayal, Skalak;

Baldock, Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-0 Sheff Wed

PNEFC v BHAFC (5/3/16) | Review

It was the outcome most predicted; very tense and tight with little to get excited about. But it was a point more to the total, and the Seagulls came away with something which both promotion rivals, Hull and Tuesday’s visitors Sheffield Wednesday haven’t done at Deepdale this season. But with Burnely and Middlesbrough both winning, it means Brighton have fallen 2 points further behind the pace. This doesn’t mean they are out of the automatic promotion race, but they have made it a little harder for themselves, and will need to be asking for a few favours in the games to come.

Brighton started the brighter, and pressed Preston into their half, but it was the Lilywhites who had the first chance, when Adam Reach’s effort went just wide of David Stockdale’s post. Just as the halftime whistle was approaching, Brighton had a goal ruled out for offside when Anthony Knockaert delivered a delicate chip over the top of the Preston defense to Jamie Murphy who vollied into the corner of the net; replays show he may have been marginally offside, but it should have been advantage to the striker. With little opening being made in a quite dull affair, Calum Woods had the best and the decisive chance of the game, when a swinging cross from Reach cleared everyone in the box, Woods timed his run to perfection but his volley cannoned of the underside of the crossbar, with the help of a fingertip from Stockdale. Joe Garner, who made himself known to the Brighton fans with some woeful diving, had a header comfortably saved by Stockdale. Murphy had the best chance of the game for the Seagulls; after being played through by Baldock, his curling effort was well saved by Chris Kirkland as he aided it out for a corner. Tomer Hemed also had the ball in the back of the net, but there was no questioning the decision this time as he was offside once Kirkland had initially saved a Liam Rosenior shot. That’s how it ended; very little chances with both defenses on top making it difficult for the attackers to fulfil their roles.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (8); Wonderful save onto the bar to deny Woods. Quiet in the 1st half, but lively when needed in the 2nd.

Bruno (7); Good supporting runs, but wasn’t helped defensively as much by Knockaert or Skalak when he came on.

Goldson (7); Had a tough afternoon with Garner, but he did manage to stop him playing his usual game, even if that included fouling him.

Dunk (7); Like Goldson, when he was marking Garner it was tough, but he was also on top in the 1-on-1 battles.

Rosenior (7); Good breaks down the wing, but the final ball let him down; solid defensively.

Knockaert (6); Worked hard as usual, but no reward for the Frenchman. Pressured the Preston back line into a few horrible clearances.

Kayal (6); Tight and very little room in the midfield, but he managed to get control in the 1st half, not unlike the 2nd half when it was all Preston.

Stephens (6); Did well in the 1st half, but was a little slow to react to Preston’s quicker tempo in the 2nd.

Murphy (6); Unlucky not to be given the goal, but he was a threat all afternoon when he was given the ball.

Baldock (6); Pressured Preston’s 3 centre backs well, and was always willing to chase the loose balls.

Hemed (6); Bit lazy from the centre-forward for not getting back onside, but another good game from him; held the ball up well when given the chance to.

Subs;

Wilson (5); Little for him to get his teeth into, with Preston largely controlling the 2nd half.

Skalak (5); Tried his best to weave his way through a tough Preston defence, but couldn’t manage it.

Sidwell (N/A); On for the last few minutes for Hemed.

PNEFC [0]-[0] BHAFC;

Att; 11,881 (1126 Brighton)

MOTM; Stockdale

PNEFC v BHAFC (5/3/16) | Preview

A hard game in prospect in Lancashire on Saturday, as Brighton visit Preston. Brighton have never won at Preston, but now would be a great time to get that first win, with the season coming to a close, and points being needed more with promotion being a realistic aim, with them just 2 points off an automatic place. It’s safe to say, that unless anything drastic happens a play-off place is assured, so as we come around the corner before the home straight, it’s time to build up a head of steam before the final push.

Preston News;

Eoin Doyle will be available for this game after sitting out the last against his parent club Cardiff. There aren’t any injury concerns for SImon Grayson to worry about, and may name the same side for the 5th straight game. Daniel Johnson is the leading scorer with 7 goals, while Joe Garner and Paul Gallagher are both tied with 5.

FACT; Preston had not won at home in their first 7 championship games, but have since won 7 of the other 10 games.

Brighton News;

Brighton will welcome back Gaetan Bong to the team, after his injury has left him out since the visit of Preston back in October. Uwe Hunemeier and Kazenga LuaLua are the only known absentees. Tomer Hemed and Sam Baldock will be looking to continue their fine partnership; Brighton have not lost in 16 games this season when they have been paired together (11 wins, 5 draws)

FACT; After back-to-back 4-0 wins, Brighton are now the 4th highest championship scorers with 49 goals (Burnley 53, Fulham 51, Sheff Wed 50)

Earlier This Season: BHAFC [0]-[0] PNEFC (24/10/15);

It was a bore draw earlier theirs season at the AMEX, with little clear-cut chances made in a scrappy affair.

H-2-H;

In the 7 games between the 2 sides, Brighton have come out on top only once, while Preston have 2 wins. The previous 3 games have all been 0-0 draws, but expect nothing simliar, with both teams desperate for the 3 points; Preston to push a step closer to a play-off spot and Brighton to keep pressure on the 3 promotion rivals above.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;

Baldock, Hemed;

Prediction;

Preston 1-1 Brighton

BHAFC v LUFC (29/2/16) | Review

It was a case of ‘don’t choke’ on Monday night, after Brighton’s promotion rivals all picking up points to put pressure on the Seagulls, as they faced a out-of-form Leeds. Well they held their nerve well, and came away with a huge 3 points, plus an extra 4 goals on to the goal difference, which looks a lot better than what it had been just a few weeks ago. Although Brighton had basically won the game within the opening 38 minutes, they still had to work hard for their win, with Leeds trying to wrestle their way back into the game, but unfortunalty for them and their loyal away support, they couldn’t take any chances which fell their way, which won’t do them any good going forward into what is seemly becoming more of a relegation battle.

The game started lively with both teams looking to get a early grip on the game, and Leeds were first to do that with some quick passing which lead to the first decision of the evening; after a good pass from Alex Mowatt to Souleymane Doukara, Lewis Dunk seemed to block his path off after the striker touched the ball past him, but the referee gave nothing and waved away the appeals. The referee did give a penalty however 10 minutes later when Liam Rosenior was fouled in the box by Scott Wotton, after the defender did well to run down the left and cut into the box. Tomer Hemed stepped up for the spot kick, and cheekily chipped the ball down the middle, much to the dispair of keeper Marco Silvestri who was close to getting a leg to it. Beram Kayal went closest next, after a lay-off free-kick from Dale Stephens but it was well saved by Silvestri as he tipped it round the post. Sol Bamba gave away the ball to Sam Baldock in the Leeds half cheaply, and after playing a one-two with Stephens, Baldock’s attempted square to Hemed was deflected in past Silvestri by Liam Cooper to make it 2-0. Jamie Murphy has a wonderful chance to make it 3, had he composed himself better when put through by Hemed, but his effort was too central and was comfortably saved. Hemed did make it 3 just moments later, after a terrible clearance from Bamba allowed him to run onto the ball and take it into the box, before blazing the ball underneath Silvestri for his 2nd of the game and 11th of the season. Dunk got in on the goal scoring act when he headed in his first of the season, after a well-taken Stephens corner went deep into the box. Half-time couldn’t of sounded better for a Leeds side who were absolutely atrocious defensively. Leeds first real chance came from a Mowatt free-kick, which was deflected over by the wall, but had David Stockdale scrambling. Mowatt had another chance to gain some pride, but he shot high and wide when put through by Toumani Diagouraga. Charlie Taylor had a long-range shot not much later, but it was comfortably saved by Stockdale. Lewie Coyle weaved his way through the Albion defence and his half-volley was just wide of Stockdale’s post. Jiri Skalak had the best chance of the game, when he beat the offside trap and ran onto Bruno’s exceptional through ball, but he decided to round the keeper while 1-on-1 instead of placing the ball, which allowed Bamba to cover and get a tackle in before he could get his shot away. The final whistle went, and although it turned out to be a relatively easy win for the Seagulls, they were still made to work for the win during a much better Leeds performance in the 2nd half.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); Not troubled too much by any of the Leeds free-kicks and was on hand to save well from Leeds’s couple of shots on target.

Bruno (7); Not too much for him to do defensively or offensively, but did well when he was needed for either part of the game.

Goldson (7); Had a hard task keeping tabs on Doukara, but managed well.

Dunk (8); Maybe should of been penalised for the penalty appeal, but took his goal well, and was defensively sound in the second half to quell any chance of a Leeds fight back.

Rosenior (7); Won the penalty, and had a good couple of other runs which produced chances; defensively was good as always.

Knockaert (7); Lively as always, but couldn’t get much going; switched wings a couple of times to freshen things up.

Kayal (7); Rock-solid again and a tidy game; nice passing and was on hand to support the defence when needed.

Stephens (7); Semi-assist for the own goal after his attempted square to Hemed, but overall it was a solid performance in the midfield which was largely controlled by Leeds.

Murphy (7); Little quiet at times, but when he was given the chance to go for a run, he wasn’t afraid to take on the defence.

Baldock (7); Hard-working as usual, should of been rewarded with a goal, but nothing really fell his way; good supporting of Hemed however.

Hemed (9); Another outstanding performance from the Israeli; cheeky penalty was too close for comfort, but his 2nd was well-taken which left Silvestri hopeless.

Subs;

Wilson (6); On for Baldock; good runs in behind, but the solid Bamba was alert to sniff out the danger.

Skalak (5); On for Hemed; glorious chance to open his Albion account, but couldn’t take it.

Sidwell (5); On for the last few minutes for Kayal.

Brighton [4]-[0] Leeds; Hemed (18pen, 28), Cooper (22 og), Dunk (38)

Att; 25,150

MOTM; Hemed