BHAFC Halfway Survey Results

First off, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to answer this survey/questionnaire; there was 174 respondents, compared to last years 81, so thank you. Below are the results, I’m sure you have been waiting for.

1. Who has been you player of the season thus far?

It was a tight contest between 3 players, who have all stood out so far this season, but Lewis Dunk just pips Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert to it.

Dunk – 31%

Murray – 27%

Knockaert – 24%

Stockdale – 10%, Bruno/Duffy – 2%, Baldock/Sidwell/March/Stephens – 1%

2. Who has surprised you this season?

The top 5 players names mentioned from this question were;

Duffy – 64, Baldock – 37, Sidwell – 20, Murray – 18, Dunk – 15.

3. Who has been the best goalkeeper/defender?

Dunk ran away with this one, with a huge margin over Stockdale.

Dunk – 65%, Stockdale – 19%, Duffy – 12%, Pocognoli/Bruno – 2%.

4. Who has been the best midfielder?

Much like the question before, there was really only one winner here; Knockaert.

Knockaert – 74%, Sidwell – 12%, Murphy/Stephens – 4%, Norwood/Kayal – 3%

5. Who has been the best striker?

Again, only really one winner in this one too.

Murray – 97%, Baldock – 3%

6. Where will Brighton finish this season?

All of you think that Brighton will finish inside the top 4, but 2% think it will be the play-offs again (unfortunately).

7. Who will make up the top 6?

An interesting top 6 to go by, if the top 6 from this survey are the 6 come the end of the season.

Newcastle/Brighton – 100%, Reading – 90%, Aston Villa – 75%, Leeds – 74%, Derby – 53%, Sheff Wed – 49%, Fulham – 45%, Huddersfield – 35%, Norwich – 31%, Birmingham – 10%, Brentford – 1%

8. In 1 word, how would you describe this season so far? 

There was far too many different answers to go through, so I selected the top 5 answers which came up regularly;

Brilliant, Together, Amazing, Incredible, Great


Once again, thanks for taking part, and lets keep on cheering the Seagulls to the Prem!!


BHAFC v QPRFC (27/12/16) | Match Review

Brighton took to the summit of the Championship, with a comfortable win over a dismal QPR. The Seagulls took full advantage of Newcastle’s slip up on Boxing Day to head top of the league at the halfway point of the season; the team top at halfway has gone on to secure automatic promotion in each of the last 8 seasons.

Brighton started lively, and were soon infront thanks to a moment of brilliance from Sam Baldock. Dale Stephens slipped in Baldock, after the ball had ricocheted off of Glenn Murray, and Baldock took the ball past Nedum Onuoha with a superb first touch, and struck the ball sweetly into the top right corner, giving Alex Smithies no chance. QPR responded with a nice bit of play after the restart, and David Stockdale was tested by a close-range Massimo Luongo effort, but the Albion stopper kept out the shot at the expense of a corner. Murray missed a glorious chance to double the lead, when he put his free-header wide of the target with the goal gaping in-front of him, after Shane Duffy nodded the ball back across goal from a Oliver Norwood corner. Idrissa Sylla came close to equalising when his near-post shot almost caught out Stockdale, but was denied by the leg of the Seagulls keeper. Brighton started the second half brightly and were soon on top of QPR; Solly March having an effort well saved by Smithies, after ghosting into the box. Brighton did double their lead through Murray, when he converted a penalty after Stephens had been brought down by Luongo inside the area; the Albion top scorer placing the ball to Smithies right, with the keeper rooted to the middle of the goal. Onuoha was sent off moments later, after he was alleged to have stop Baldock having a clear run at goal; replays show it was a harsh decision with the two players only coming together shoulder-to-shoulder. Brighton took full advantage, and made it 3-0 when Anthony Knockaert jinked inside on to his left foot, and shot a low drive under Smithies. From then on it was almost like a training ground exercise, with Brighton holding most of the possession, and seeing the game out comfortably. 3-0 the final score and Albion now have the chance to end the year on top of the table.


Stockdale (7); Made some crucial saves from Luongo and Sylla, but was rarely called into action  for much of the game.

Bruno (7); Soild at the back, and made some terrific runs forward, which helped Knockaert with his game.

Duffy (7); Rarely looks like he’s going to be beaten in the air, and was generally sound against the QPR attack.

Dunk (7); Couple of chances from corners, but had a pleasing afternoon at the back with little trouble.

Bong (7); Looked solid and combined with March very well, looked back to his best, just in time for a possible departure to The African Cup of Nations.

Knockaert (8); Another well-taken goal. Was good defensively against Bidwell, and gave him headaches all afternoon.

Stephens (7); Played his part in the opening goal, and got through a lot of work in the middle of the park.

Norwood (7); Created many chances with his incredible vision and passing ability, as well as doing his job defensively.

March (7); Looked threatening, but had a tough time against Perch. Plenty more to come from him.

Murray (8); Missed a glorious chance, but made amends later on in the game. Did his bit when defending set-pieces too.

Baldock (9); Another fine game from him; clinical finish and gave the struggling Onuoha the run around for much of the game, before his departure.


Murphy (6); Introduced for March as he returns from injury.

Hemed (6); Brought on to give Murray a well-deserved rest.

Skalak (6); Late introduction for Baldock.

BHAFC [3]-[0] QPRFC; Baldock (11), Murray (53pen), Knockaert (69); Onouha (57; RED);

Att; 30,176

MOTM; Baldock


BHAFC V QPRFC (27/12/16) | Match Preview

Brighton host struggling QPR on the South Coast, with Brighton aiming to go top of the table, after Newcastle slipped up against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.


QPR will be without Jordan Cousins, while Steven Caulker and Ariel Borysiuk will be assessed; Jamie Mackie could start after returning from long-term injury. QPR fell to a 5th straight defeat, when they lost to Aston Villa last time out. After missing a penalty earlier in the game, Jonathan Kodija made up with the winner 15 minutes from time. The leading R’s scorers are Tjaronn Chery, Sebastian Polter and Idrissa Sylla with 4 goals each.

Form; W, L, L, L, L, L

FACT; Only Wigan (18) have scored fewer goals than QPR in the Championship this season (20).

Brighton News;

Brighton have Liam Rosenior and Beram Kayal back in training, but won’t be apart of the game as they return to full fitness. Jamie Murphy will be assessed after missing the last 2 games through injury. Brighton won last time out, as they came from behind to beat Birmingham 2-1. A goal from Lukas Jutkiewicz gave the Blues the lead, but late goals from Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray stole all 3 points for the Seagulls. Murray now has 14 goals this season.

Form; D, W, D, W, W, W

FACT; Brighton have lost just one of their last 21 league matches at the AMEX Stadium (W15 D5)

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [4]-[0] QPRFC (19/4/16);

Brighton romped to a 4-0 win, as they kept up their promotion challenge. Goals from Jiri Skalak, Connor Goldson and a Anthony Knockaert brace helped Brighton to a comfortable win.


Brighton and QPR have both won 30 games out of the 77 games played between the 2 sides. Brighton are unbetaen in 7 against the R’s (3W, 4D), and have only conceded 3 times in those 7 games, with 5 clean sheets. The last QPR win was back in September 2004.

Likely Line-Up;


Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, March;

Baldock, Murray;


Brighton 2-0 QPR


BCFC v BHAFC (17/12/16) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to the Midlands in search of another 3 points, which would extend their unbeaten run to 16 games; they face a Birmingham side with a new manager at the helm.


Birmingham sacked Gary Rowett on Thursday and replaced him with Gianfranco Zola, after a change of ownership at the club. Clayton Donaldson will be missing after aggravating an injury Tuesday night; Rhoys Wiggins and Paul Caddis will also sit out the game. Birmingham got back to winning way on Tuesday after 2 dissapointing results beforehand. Goals from Donaldson and Michael Morrison gave Birmingham a 2-0 lead, before a Adam Webster consolation goal midway through the 2nd half. Donaldson is the leading Blues scorer with 6 goals.

Form; D, W, W, L, L, W

FACT; Donaldson have been directly involved in 3 of the Blues last 4 goals (2 goals, 1 assist).

Brighton News;

Brighton look set to welcome back Jamie Murphy, after he sat out the win on Tuesday night. Beram Kayal and Liam Rosenior are both back in training, while Kazenga LuaLua will not feature as he serves the first of his 4 match ban. Goals from Shane Duffy, Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray were enough to claim victory last time out, even though Sam Gallagher scored a brace for Blackburn. Murray now has 13 goals this campaign, and secured his first away goal on Tuesday.

Form; W, D, W, D, W, W

FACT; Since their lose to Newcastle back in August, Brighton are currently enjoying a 7 game unbeaten away run (5W, 2D).

Last Time We Met: BCFC [1]-[2] BHAFC (5/4/16);

Brighton won the last meeting between the 2 sides back in April. An early Blues goal from Kyle Lafferty was cancelled out by goals from Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk, as Brighton continued their pursuit of a top 2 finish.


Brighton have won 11 of the 30 games played between the 2 sides, while Birmingham have claimed victory 10 times. Brighton have won 5 of the last 6 meetings (5W, 1L), with 16 goals scored in that time, including a 4-3 victory to Brighton.

Likely Line-Up;


Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Stephens, Norwood, Murphy;

Murray, Baldock;


Birmingham 1-1 Brighton


BRFC v BHAFC (13/12/16) | Match Review

Brighton made it 15 games unbeaten, as they dispatched lowly Blackburn on a cold night in Lancashire. It was a tale of two centre-halves on the night, with Shane Duffy scoring against his former club, while ex-Albion skipper Gordan Greer was sent off.

Duffy had the first chance of the game, and took out when he rose highest above Greer to nod in a Oliver Norwood corner; his first goal since signing from Rovers in August, but the 4th time he has scored past Jason Steele this season, after scoring 3 own goals earlier in the campaign. David Stockdale produced a fine save from Danny Graham, after his snap shot was hit with force, but the Albion stopper was equal to it. Ben Marshall’s long range effort nearly caught out Stockdale moments later, after the ball skimmed of the surface, and slid under Stockdale but he managed to pull the ball back into his arms, just as Sam Gallagher was racing in to tap the ball home. Dale Stephens doubled the lead shortly after the break, when his volley went through a body of players and into the corner past Steele. Blackburn responded quickly though, and Gallagher scored his 8th of the season with a low strike, after some penalty box pinball. Greer saw red not soon after, as he made a needless challenge on Glenn Murray to pick up his 2nd booking of the game; his first for a challenge on Tomer Hemed 10 minutes earlier. Brighton took advantage of the extra man, and scored a 3rd when Lewis Dunk’s shot was saved by Steele, but he pushed the ball into the grateful path of Murray, who delicately chipped the ball over the Rovers stopper, to score his first away goal of the season. Gallagher grabbed his brace in the dying seconds of the game, when he raced clear on a counter-attack, and smashed the ball low into Stockdale’s far corner, but it was Albion who collected all three points, and increase the gap to 3rd by 8 points.


Stockdale (6); Not much he could of done with the goals, a heart-in-mouth moment with the spilled Marshall shot, but nothing out the ordinary for him on the night.

Bruno (6); Saw plenty of action both defensively and offensively, but had an average night.

Duffy (7); Finally got his first Albion goal, and was solid at the back as usual.

Dunk (6); Another good game from him; picked up his 9th booking of the season, the only blemish on a fantastic rise for the former academy graduate.

Pocognoli (6); Much like Bruno, got forward a lot and was called into work at the back a lot. Still think he is better suited that Bong.

Knockaert (6); Tried to weave some of their magic we know he has, but found it difficult in tricky conditions.

Stephens (7); Wonderful finish, maybe not as good as his one at Wigan, but nevertheless a fine strike.

Norwood (6); Looked comfortable in midfield for most of the game, and set-pieces were spot on more often than not.

Skalak (6); Mixed night from him, started slow and didn’t really get going until right at the end when it was too late.

Baldock (6); His usual running game was good, and didn’t give much time for Greer or Williams to settle on the ball.

Hemed (6); Back in the starting line up, but was like a ghost at times.


Murray (7); Well taken finish, and was a nightmare in his 18 minute cameo.

Sidwell (5); On for Baldock to sure up the midfield.

March (N/A); Late change to run down the clock.

BRFC [2]-[3] BHAFC; Gallagher (66), (90+4) Greer (RED CARD – 74); Duffy (16), Stephens (61), Murray (79);

Att; 9,976 (426 Brighton)

MOTM; Stephens


BHAFC v LUFC (9/12/16) | Match Review

Brighton came out on top in this Friday night duel between 2 of the in-from sides in the league, to go top of the table for a few hours at least. In a game which was expected to be fast-paced and quite tight, it was actually in fact the complete opposite, with Leeds struggling to keep up with the Seagulls when they were reduced to 10 men early on in the game.

It was that incident that was the first chance of the game; a Anthony Knockaert corner was headed goalwards by Lewis Dunk, but Leeds man Kalvin Phillips handled the ball on the line, and was sent off with very little arguments from him or his teammates. Glenn Murray stepped up to take the spot kick and cooly placed the ball down the middle. Not soon after Murray hit the side netting from another Knockaert corner, but feel he should of done a lot better with the free header. Leeds were on the back foot for the rest of the half, but could of levelled things up had Chris Wood sorted his feet out when Hadi Sacko slipped the ball into him, but it went past the ex-Seagulls striker with the goal bearing down on him. Seb Pocognoli, starting his first home league game, got the better of Luke Ayling and his cross found Murray free, but Green was on hand to tip his shot over the bar. Jamie Murphy had the first chance of the second half, when he was feed the ball by Knockaert, but his shot was easily saved by Green, before Pontus Jansson headed the ball away for a corner. Shane Duffy came close to getting his first Albion goal, but his header from a free-kick was straight at Green; either side of him and it would of been a goal. Brighton did get their second goal moments later when Tomer Hemed converted the 2nd penalty of the night, after Kyle Bartley pulled back Lewis Dunk in the box, after the Albion defender got a run on him from a free-kick. Full time went 10 minutes later, and it was the result which Brighton needed to go top of the Championship, in a game where they never really needed to get out of 2nd gear.


Stockdale (6); Not a thing to do for him, could of had his lounger and paper out it was that easy for him.

Bruno (7); A untroubled evening for him against Ronaldo Vieira, got forward often and was a threat more often than not.

Duffy (7); Could of had a couple of goals, but not yet got that first one. Fairly easy defensive duties especially when they went down to 10 men.

Dunk (7); Won both penalties, and was solid as usual at the back. Ventured forward more as Leeds got tired.

Pocognoli (7); Cracking home debut for him; took on defenders and was always looking to partner up with Murphy. Would be disappointing if he is dropped for Tuesday’s game.

Knockaert (7); Starting to get back to his best, but more just yet. Set-pieces were good, and gave Charlie Taylor a run for his money.

Norwood (7); A surprise inclusion in the starting XI, but not fault could be give his way; composed on the ball and his passing was great.

Stephens (7); Controlled the tempo of the game early on, and became easier when down to 10 men.

Murphy (7); Looked threatening early on, and gave Ayling a right headache from the get go. Subbed off to give March a run out with ALbion in control of the game.

Baldock (7); Hard work up top, but another top performance. Got through lots of running and gave Bartley and Jansson real problems throughout the game.

Murray (7); Composed penalty, and another solid performance from him. Might of had a couple more, but will still be pleased with his efforts.


March (6); Given a run out while in control of the game, and continued where Murphy left off with Ayling.

Hemed (7); Another cooly finished penalty. Held the ball up well to help run down the clock.

Skalak (N/A); Late introduction for Knockaert.

BHAFC [2]-[0] LUFC; Murray (24p), Hemed (83p);

Att; 28,206

MOTM; Baldock

BRFC v BHAFC (13/12/16) | Match Preview

Brighton take a trip up to Lancashire to face a Blackburn side, who are struggling at the wrong end of the table.


Blackburn will be without Charlie Mulgrew, after picking up an injury on Saturday, while Adam Henley, Tommie Hoban and Elliot Ward are all missing too. Blackburn suffered defeat at the weekend to Lancashire rivals Preston. A brace from Danny Graham wasn’t enough to secure victory for the Rovers, with a Daniel Johnson brace and a Callum Robinson enough to secure all 3 points for the Lilywhites. Graham and Sam Gallagher are both the leading scorers for Rovers with 7 apiece.

Form; D, L, W, W, D, L

FACT; Rovers are unbeaten in their last 5 home league games (W2, D3), their best run since September 2014.

Brighton News;

Brighton welcome back Gaetan Bong from suspension, but looks set to watch the game from the bench, after backup Seb Pocognoli filled his role well against Leeds. Jamie Murphy picked up a knock in that game, and is touch and go for the game. Beram Kayal has resumed full training with Liam Rosenior expected back later in the week. Brighton scored 2 penalties last time out, as they beat promotion rivals Leeds 2-0. Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed converting from the spot. Murray now has 12 goals this season, with all of them being at home.

Form; W, W, D, W, D, W

FACT; Brighton are 1 of only 5 teams yet to conced a penalty this season (Birmingham, QPR, Nott’m Forest & Derby being the others)

Last Time We Met:  BRFC [0]-[1] BHAFC (15/1/16);

Brighton recorded their first win of the year with a slim 1-0 victory, thanks to an early goal from Bobby Zamora.


Brighton have won 14 times out of the 36 games played between the 2 sides; Blackburn claiming victory in 11 of those. Brighton are currently on a 8 game unbeaten run against the Lancashire outfit, winning 4 and drawing 4. There has never been a goalless game between the 2 sides (bound to happen now I’ve said it).

Likely Line-Up;


Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Sidwell, Stephens, Skalak;

Murray, Baldock;


Blackburn 0-2 Brighton


BHAFC v LUFC (9/12/16) | Match Preview

Brighton host in-form Leeds in front of the Sky cameras Friday night, with both teams looking to continue their recent good form.


Leeds will be without Eunan O’Kane as he has a groin injury, but could welcome back Liam Cooper from an ankle injury. Pablo Hernandez and ex-Brighton star Liam Bridcutt are both in training after injuries, but are unlikely to feature. Leeds beat Aston Villa last time out 2-0, thanks to goals from Kemar Roofe and former Brighton loanee Chris Wood; Wood is also the leading Whites scorer with 10 so far this campaign.

Form; W, W, W, L, W, W

FACT; Leeds have lost their last 5 league games against Brighton; 1 more and they will equal their joint-second worst losing run against another side in league football.

Brighton News;

Brighton are without suspended Gaetan Bong, after his sending off last time out; Sebastian Pocognoli is set to replace the Cameroonian. Beram Kayal has started full training again, but won’t feature. Anthony Knockaert is poised to be re-called to the starting XI, after being a sub against Cardiff last weekend. Brighton were held to a 0-0 draw in that game in South Wales, and missed the chance to go top after leaders Newcastle slipped up the night before against Nott’m Forest. Glenn Murray has 11 goals this season, and all have been at home.

Form; W, W, W, D, W, D

FACT; Brighton have won 9 of their last 13 games, and have scored 20 goals during that period, whilst only conceding 5 (9 clean sheets in the same timeframe).

Last Time We Met:  BHAFC [4]-[0] LUFC (11/2/16);

Brighton won the last game between the 2 sides quite comfortably. A Tomer Hemed brace, a Liam Cooper own goal and a Lewis Dunk goal, sent Brighton on their way to 3 points.


Brighton have won 15 of the 43 games played, while Leeds have won 17, but haven’t recorded a win since August 2013. Leeds have only scored once in the last 5 meetings and have shipped 11 goals in that time. There has been goals at The Amex between these 2; a total of 17 goals have been scored in 4 games.

Likely Line-Up;


Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Sidwell, Stephens, Murphy;

Murray, Baldock;


Brighton 1-1 Leeds


CCFC v BHAFC (3/12/16) | Match Preview

Brighton travel away to South Wales, to take on a Cardiff side who are faultering at the wrong end of the table.


Cardiff will be without Lee Peltier, as he serves a 1 match ban. Jazz Richards is out with a foot injury, so Matt Connolly is expected to start on his place. Cardiff lost to Aston Villa last time out; goals from Albert Adomah, Jonathan Kodija and Rudy Gestede sent Villa away with all 3 points, even though Rickie Lambert had scored in the first half to draw level. Lambert is the leading scorer for the Welsh club with 4 goals, and is closely followed by Pilkington and Whittingham, who are both on 3.

Form; D, W, L, L, W, L

FACT; Cardiff have failed to keep a clean sheet at home all season so far.

Brighton News;

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns, other than known absentees Beram Kayal and Liam Rosenior, who are expected to return later in the month. Brighton came from a goal down to beat Fulham last time out. Scott McDonald had put the Cottagers in the lead, but Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray’s goals gave Albion all 3 points, and extended their unbeaten run to 12 games. Murray is the leading Seagulls scorer with 11, and is now joint top with Newcastle frontman Dwight Gayle in the league.

Form; W, W, W, W, D, W


Last Time We Met:  CCFC [4]-[1] BHAFC (20/2/16);

Brighton were met by a painful defeat last time the visited Cardiff. Goals from Peter Whittingham, Anthony Pilkington and Lex Immers gave the Bluebirds a 3-0 halftime lead. Dale Stephens pulled a goal back, before Whittingham scored a fourth to put an end to any Albion comeback.


Brighton and Cardiff have both won 22 times out of the 65 games played. There has been 6 draws in the last 10 games between the 2, as well as 2 wins a piece. There has only been 7 goalless games, so expect at least 1 goal on Saturday.

Likely Line-Up;


Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

Knockaert, Sidwell, Norwood, Skalak;

Murray, Baldock;


Cardiff 1-2 Brighton