Dismal, shambolic, poor, under-par are all just a few words which come to mind when I think of the Brighton performance from Saturday. Of course there are a few more words which come to mind, but those words shouldn’t and won’t be mentioned, but you can gather how poor of a display it was by the Seagulls. After an extremely lacklustre game away at Newcastle, not only fans, but Chris Hughton were expecting the team to play much better especially being at home, to what was a quite average Brentford side; average as they were missing key players, Lasse Vibe and Alan Judge to name a couple. Yet Brentford played like they were the side which finished 3rd last term, and narrowly missed out on promotion; Brighton were never in the game, and Brentford hardly got out of 2nd gear for the entire match.
With not many chances created during the first period ,the first chance took 29 minutes to come, and Scott Hogan Cooley dispatched the ball past David Stockdale, after Lewis McLeod lofted a through ball over the Albion defence; Shane Duffy caught napping which allowed Hogan an easy route to goal. Brighton had a goal-bound shot from Tomer Hemed cleared off the line, but that was a far as chances in the first half went. Brentford started off in the same fashion in the 2nd, and Hogan was soon through on goal again, after Duffy was caught out of position, but the Brentford striker fluffed his shot with Lewis Dunk and Stockdale bearing down on him. Hogan was at it again, after a terrific lofted ball over the Albioin back line, Hogan left Dunk for dead with a neat chop back inside, only for Stockdale to be on hand to save the shot, before Romaine Sawyers blasted wide after the ball was set up for him. Hogan grabbed his and Brentford’s second of the afternoon when Nico Yennaris played in the Brednford forward, and he struck it into the roof of the net, leaving Stockdale helpless and the Albion defence motionless. That’s how the game ended, little for the Albion fans to cheer about, and them wondering ‘what’s going on’ as the left the stadium.
Stockdale (5); Made a couple of good saves, but generally quite a poor performance from the Albion stopper; wasn’t in the right position to narrow down the angle for the first, and beaten at the near post for the 2nd, although it was a well struck shot.
Bruno (4); Quite possibly his worst game in an Albion shirt, no attacking threat and his defensive capabilities were almost non-existent at times, didn’t help that Duffy wasn’t around to cover for him.
Duffy (4); Obviously he needs time to adjust to the team, but it was a shocking performance from the new man. Caught out of position multiple times by Hogan, and never looked like getting on top of Brentford attacks as they came.
Dunk (7); Possibly the only player in the team to come out of the game with his head held high, strong at the back when left vulnerable by Duffy and was quick to Block an Hogan attacks, which resulted in him moving across to Duffy.
Bong (4); Just like the Newcastle game, he wasn’t up to speed with the game at all, and the arrival of Pocognoli might be the end of Bong’s starting reign. He hasn’t been the same since the injury, lots of loose passing and not enough tracking back or getting forward.
Knockaert (5); Looked threatening enough in the first half with some nice mazy runs, but a subdued second half perfomance much like the rest of the team.
Kayal (5); Bad day for a usually consistent performer; gaps left all over midfield which allowed Brentford time to pick out passes to Hogan and out wide.
Norwood (5); Some nice passes, but his lacks defensive duties to my liking, and doesn’t smell danger as much as Sidwell or Stephens does. Like most Reading fans said when we bought him, ‘He only has a good game when the rest of the team plays well’ might actually be true.
Murphy (5); Started off brightly, and had much more attacking intent than Skalak had in the previous game, but his levels dropped along with the team in the second, and offered nothing after that.
Murray (6); Job was made harder by a extremely frustrating performance by Hemed, but did well to win aerial duels and hold the ball up. Definatly looks as if Murray-Baldock partnership is the way to go.
Hemed (4); Extremly poor today, not said that much last season, but he was painful to watch at times. No attacking threat and was a waste of space on the pitch.
Manu (5); Not much he could of done with Brtentford owning the ball, but gave good energy and should of had a free-kick/penalty instead of getting booked for a dive, when he was clearly fouled.
Stephens (5); Slighty improved when he came on; managed to hold onto the ball better and looked lively. A must starter on Tuesday for me.
Skalak (N/A); Not on for enough time to give a judgement.
BHAFC - BFC; Hogan (29), (70);