It was by no means a clinical display, but Brighton earned all 3 points last night, and sent Huddersfield packing with their first league defeat of the season.
In perhaps one of the dullest games to have been at The AMEX, neither team looked sharp or efficient enough to come away with maximum points, but all it takes is one mistake or a piece of magic to go your way. Fortunately for the Seagulls, luck was in their favour as Terriers keeper Danny Ward fumbled the ball over his line from a deflected Anthony Knockaert shot, which sent the home fans into raptures, and left the Huddersfield players helplessly lying on the ground inside the box. In a game of few chances, Jamie Murphy had the first chance, and boy was it a glorious one. After Tomer Hemed played a delicate through ball to him, he ran from the half-way line unchallenged until the edge of the box, but he couldn’t take the chance, with Ward making an easy save after guessing right, which way the Scot will put his shot. Beram Kayal not soon after flashed a fierce shot just wide of the goal, which had Ward beat by a country mile. Jack Payne had a shot comfortably saved by David Stockdale, before Rajiv van La Parra’s curling effort went wide of the post. Little chances in the second half, a few half chances for both teams, but the only real chance was taken, as Knockaert’s effort was helped in by the hands of Ward. Huddersfield had only gone behind once this season, and managed to gain a point out of it, but they were unable to do it against a resilient Albion defence, who cleared every ball which came into the box. Game finished 1-0, and although it wasn’t the best game to watch, 3 points is 3 points no matter how you get them, especially after 2 straight losses.
Stockdale (6); Much better distribution, not really tested by Huddersfield.
Bruno (6); More like it from the full-back, got forward to support Skalak and was solid defensively.
Duffy (7); Much more like the centre-back from last season; strong in the air and unlike Saturday, he wasn’t caught out of position.
Dunk (8); Another sterling performance from the young man; looks as if he has matured over the summer, and looks like the complete centre-back Brighton were crying out for.
Bong (5); Poor passing once again, and offered very little for Murphy. Although he did help make the goal with a good driving run.
Murphy (6); Should of scored the 1-on-1, but other than that it was a respectable effort out wide for the Scot.
Stephens (7); Sorely missed at the start of the season, and showed why he was such an asset last season with a top performance.
Kayal (7); A much better game from him, after being picked apart on Saturday. Good driving runs and crisp passing.
Skalak (6); Though he looked a little poorer on the right compared to the left, but nevertheless he had a good game with some good attacking moves.
Knockaert (7); Fortunate with the goal, but his constant persistence, maybe he was due a goal. Set-pieces were a little rusty.
Hemed (6); From going pointless on Saturday, to main man last night. Held the ball up well, and played some good looking balls forward, including Murphy’s chance.
Murray (6); Good little run out, had a couple of strong runs which gave Huddersfield’s defence headaches.
Sidwell (6); Helped sure up the midfield as Huddersfield pressured for an equaliser.
Manu (N/A); Came on to help run down the clock.
BHAFC - HTFC; Knockaert (80);