Another cracking performance at The AMEX again on Tuesday night was rightly rewarded with another 3 points, which has sent the Albion top of the league. In a game where Brighton were expected to see much of the ball, they made their dominating possession count, after settling into the game. Rotherham didn’t play too bad, they were just opened up by some superb passing and some great off-the-ball movement.
Stephen Kelly had the first chance of the game, when a loose defensive header fell to him in the box from a hopeful cross, but he blasted his shot over the bar. Anthony Knockaert bagged his 2nd goal in 4 days on the 23rd minute when Gaetan Bong picked the Rotherham midfields pocket, and played a ball to Knockaert and on the turn hit a shot low towards Lee Camp’s far corner; the Miller’s stopper got a touch on it, but couldn’t keep it out. Before Rotherham or Brighton’s fans had got their breath back, the Seagulls were down the attacking end of the pitch again, and scored again; Tomer Hemed held the ball up well, and played a ball wide into Liam Rosenior’s path, and with a first time cross picked out Glenn Murray, who’s volley beat Camp to bag his 3rd goal in 4 days. Knockaert was denied a second goal when his shot was blocked off the line by Kelly, after it had gone under Camp’s leg. Hemed was also denied after Murray pounced on a short pass in Rotherham defense, the ball played to his attacking partner, but the Israeli’s finish wasn’t up to scratch. A quick free-kick, and an unswitched on defense lead to an Albion 3rd goal when Ollie Norwood’s quick thinking sent Knockaert chasing down the wing, and sent in a cross, but while in the process of doing it, Murray was being bundled to the ground by Kelly and a penalty was given by ref Simon Hooper. Hemed stepped up, and sent Camp the wrong way. Niki Maenpaa was quiet pretty much all evening, except for 2 brilliant saves he had to make, the first from a Danny Ward snap shot then from a Will Vaulks piledriver, which had all sorts of dip and swerve, but an exceptional save from the Finnish international. All in all, it was a good game, and another 3 points gained in where they will be harder to come by this season.
Maenpaa (7); Rarely called into action, but made 2 fine saves to preserve a debut clean sheet.
Rosenior (7); Lovely ball into Murray for his goal, and was a threat all evening.
Bruno (7); Had a relatively easy night, as Rotherham posed no real attacking threat, but cleaned up a few times when sloppy in possession.
Dunk (7); Good night for the centre-back, no real issues except his discipline hasn’t seem to have been worked on over the summer, with a needless yellow card.
Bong (7); Got forward more often with Murphy playing down the left rather than Skalak, and picked the defenders pocket to set up Knockaert.
Knockaert (9); Could of had a few more than just his 1, but there is plenty more to come from him. Another scintillating performance.
Norwood (7); Looked tidy in the centre of midfield, and picked out some useful passes on his home league debut.
Stephens (7); Looked sharp and quick on his first start of the season; not much for the Rotherham midfield to work with.
Murphy (7); Had some good little runs, and made a nuisance of himself most of the evening
Hemed (8); Slightly quiet in the first half, but lit up in the 2nd. Well-taken penalty too.
Murray (8); 3rd goal in 2 games, and he is already looking like the final piece in the promotion puzzle.
Baldock (6); On for Murray, not much for him to do, but made some good runs.
LuaLua (6); Wasn’t afraid to take on defenders and draw fouls to slow the game down.
BHAFC - RUFC; Knockaert (23), Murray (26), Hemed (57p);