It was definatly a game to remember, in more ways than one as Brighton extended the gap between them and Huddersfiled to 5 points, going into the international break. On the evening of Bonfire night, there was most definatly some fireworks, as Steve Sidwell scored probably the goal of the season to lead Brighton to a deserved victory.
Lee Tomlin had the first chance of the game when he was put through by Tammy Abraham, but shanked his shot wide of David Stockdale’s net. Next came the moment of brilliance, as Sidwell lobbed Richard O’Donnell from around 50 yards, after Sam Baldock pinched in to take the ball from Korey Smith. The celebrations after left most Brighton fans with tears in their eyes, as they paid tribute to the absent Anthony Knockaert’s late father, by lifting his shirt up. Brighton soon double their lead through Jamie Murphy; the Scot received the ball out on the left from Glenn Murray, before cutting inside on to his right foot and hitting a shot into the bottom corner of O’Donnell’s goal, with the help of a deflection mind you. City had a chance to get a goal back when Scott Golbourne’s header went straight across the 6-yard box, but nobody was there to greet it, and instead had to settle for the corner when Murray hoofed in clear. Into the second half, and Jiri Skalak had a chance to add a third when he was slipped in by Murray, but went for a shot instead of passing across goal towards Sam Baldock, and eventually hit the side-netting. Gary O’Neil had a cross-shot comfortably saved by Stockdale after a ball was floated over the Albion defence by Tomlin. City had a late penalty shout turned down after Aaron Wilbraham was bundled over in the box by Shane Duffy, but the ref waved play on. A good end to a sad week, and the result has them stretching out in front of their promotion rivals.
Stockdale (7); Rarely called into action, but never looked threatened in giving up the clean sheet.
Bruno (7); Had a challenging night at times with Tomlin, Jamie Paterson and Smith all interchanging, but stood strong against all 3 to kill the attacks.
Duffy (7); Could of been penalised for a penalty, but other than that it was business as usual for the big centre-half.
Dunk (7); Never looked out of his comfort zone, even against lightning-quick Abraham.
Bong (7); Not much was seen of him attacking wise, but put in a good shift defensively; looks back to his best.
Murphy (8); Well taken goal, and put in a good shift down both sides when interchanging with Skalak.
Sidwell (9); Sublime finish, such audacity to even try that, and execute it to a T. Solid midfield performance too.
Stephens (7); Really good defensive job in the second half; couldn’t use his attacking qualities as much as he would of hoped.
Skalak (7); Showed some good attacking credentials at times, but was mostly needed to get back and help out the defence.
Murray (7); Slightly smothered by the presence of Flint, but did well enough to hold the ball up long enough to relive pressure off the defence.
Baldock (7); Some good running against his former club, but nothing really fell his way.
Norwood (6); Looked to instigate an attack every time he had the ball, but very little options as Brighton defended their 2 goal lead.
Hemed (6); Got a little run out to give Murray a break.
March (N/A); Last few minutes on his return.
BCFC - BHAFC; Sidwell (13), Murphy (20);
Att; 19,096 (1,885 Brighton)