BHAFC v NUFC (28/2/17) | Match Preview

Brighton take on title rivals Newcastle in a mouth-watering fixture, which should live up to the billing. Both teams desperate for the 3 points with other main rivals Huddersfield breathing down their necks, so defeat for either side could risk their chances of automatic promotion.

Newcastle News;

Newcastle will be missing top scorer Dwight Gayle, Issac Hayden and Rolando Aarons, otherwise it’s a fully fit squad for Rafa Benitez to select from. The Magpies drew last time out at home to Bristol City; goals from Aaron Wilbraham and David Cotterill gave City a shock 2-0 half-time lead, but a Korey Smith own goal and Ciaran Clark header help share the points. Gayle is the top scorer for the Magpies and the Championship with 20 goals thus far. 

Form; D, W, W, D, W, D

FACT; Newcastle haven’t lost an away Tuesday night game since losing to Tottenham back in December 2010.

Brighton News;

Brighton will have Seb Pocognoli available, after he was subbed off as a precautionary measure on Saturday. Liam Rosenior closes in on a return as does Gaetan Bong, but both are still a couple of weeks away from returning to the first team. Brighton won last time out against Reading, thanks to goals from Sam Baldock, Jamie Murphy and Anthony Knockaert. Glenn Murray remains the top scorer for the Seagulls with 16.

Form; L, D, W, D, W, W

FACT; Brighton have won 18 out of 18 games in which they have scored first.

Last Time We Met: NUFC [2]-[0] BHAFC (27/8/16);

Brighton tasted their first defeat of the season at St James Park back in August, thanks to goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey.

H-2-H;

Brighton and Newcastle both have 8 victories, while the other 3 games played have ended in stalemate. Before their defeat in August, Brighton were undefeated against the Magpies in 6 games, including back-to-back F.A Cup wins in consecutive seasons, both wins at The AMEX.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, Murphy;

Baldock, Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-0 Newcastle

 

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BHAFC v RFC (25/2/17) | Match Review

Brighton pounced on Newcastle’s slip up at home to Bristol City, to re-claim top spot in the Championship, before their crunch match with the North-East club on Tuesday night. Brighton made light work of a Reading side, who didn’t play up to their potential, and will now most certainly have to do it the hard way to get promotion to the Premier League, with the gap to 2nd place Newcastle 12 points and having played a game more.

The first half began in an energetic fashion with Brighton keen to get on the front foot early. In the third minute, Knockaert came close to scoring for the hosts as he cut onto his left foot and curled his effort wide. Baldock came up with superb curler which nearly went in; on the left flank, he drifted inside, leaving Paul McShane on the floor, before bending his strike towards the top right corner which cracked off the woodwork. Reading’s best chances would come simultaneously with a powerful header from Danny Williams clutched on to by David Stockdale before Roy Beerens had a shot three yards from goal which the Brighton goalkeeper had to save with his feet. With Reading starting to find their footing in the match, it would be the Seagulls who would go a goal in front. Bruno played a lovely floated ball over the Reading backline which Baldock read excellently, staying onside. The 27-year-old brought the ball down with an excellent first touch before smashing his effort past Ali Al-Habsi to give Brighton a deserved opening goal. Knockaert almost doubled the lead in the 41st minute but his drilled shot towards the near post was kept out by Al-Habsi’s left foot. Reading came very close to scoring an equaliser in the 55th minute when Shane Duffy blocked a goal-bound header from Williams off the line. And seconds later, Beerens executed a fine move around Bruno before hitting a low strike just wide of the post. But just one minute later Brighton secured their win through Murphy, who finished off a counter-attacking move by coolly chipping the ball over Al Habsi. Glenn Murray had a goal chalked off before Knockaert missed a sitter from close range into the side netting. But the Frenchman would get his reward for his efforts. Another counter-attack from Brighton led to a three-on-one situation, with Murphy picking out Knockaert who slotted his strike into the top corner. Despite Reading showing more encouraging signs of a fightback in the final ten minutes, the game would end 3-0 with the Seagulls securing one of their most significant wins of the season.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); Saved a low shot from Beerens, but a quiet night for the Albion stopper.

Bruno (8); Fantastic, composed performace defensively against a tricky player in McCleary, and a sublime ball over the top to find Baldock for the first goal.

Duffy (8); Alert and aware when he cleared William’s goal-bound header off the line, and limited Kermongant to very little.

Dunk (7); Fairly good night for him, couple weak moments but not everyone has perfect games each week.

Pocognoli (7); Was aware the Gunter was going to attack the wing at all times, but was generally solid against him and wing partner Beerans.

Knockaert (8); When he produces quality, so do Brighton it seems; another top notch game, capped off with his 11th of the season at the end.

Stephens (7); Not at his best, but fortunately didn’t have to as Reading were worse in midfield. Nice first-time pass to send Murphy away for his goal.

Sidwell (7); Starting to develop a good partnership with Stephens, looked comfortable on the ball and was keen to get forward.

Murphy (9); After a below-par performance last weekend, he was given the nod this week and boy did he grab it with both hands. Stretched Reading’s defence as well as a wonderful chipped goal and an assist for Knockaert’s.

Baldock (8); In superb goal-scoring form right now, and another brilliant goal to add to the collection; the touch was world-class to bring it under control, bit of luck in controlling it, but still had the composure to put it past Al-Habsi with McShane baring down on him.

Murray (7); Not a good night personally, but was hard at work for the team with some good running. Slightly offside when he vollied in Bruno’s cross at 2-0.

Subs;

Hemed (6); Last 10 minute run-out for the 13 goal man.

Tomori (N/A); Replacement for the injured Pocognoli.

Akpom (N/A); On to give Baldock a much needed rest.

BHAFC [3]-[0] RFC ; Baldock (35), Murphy (56), Knockaert (80);

Att; 29,613

MOTM; Murphy

 

BHAFC v RFC (25/2/17) | Match Preview

Brighton host promotion rivals Reading at The AMEX on Saturday, hoping to extend their unbeaten home run to 14 games, and extend their gap back to Huddersfield with help from last week’s victims Barnsley.

Reading News;

Reading could welcome back defenders Joey  van den Berg and Paul McShane from injuries, while Stephen Quinn might feature as well as Reece Oxford after missing the last game. Reading were defeated last time out after they lost 1-0 away at Huddersfield; a goal from Philp Billing was enough for the high-flyers to take all 3 points. Yann Kermogant and Gareth McCleary both have 8 goals a piece and lead the way as the Royals top scorers.

Form; W, W, D, D, W, L

FACT; McCleary has had a hand in 15 goals this season in the Championship for Reading (8 goals, 7 assists).

Brighton News;

Brighton have no new injury issues, but could see full-backs Liam Rosenior and Gaetan Bong included in the matchday 18, as they have nearly or fully recovered from their injuries. Brighton won last time out against Barnsley, thanks to a brace from Sam Baldock taking his overall tally to 10 for the season. Glenn Murray is still the leading Albion scorer with 16.

Form; L, L, D, W, D, W

FACT; Brighton have suffered just 2 defeats in their last 26 league matches (W18, D6, L2 ), but both of these have come in 2017.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [1]-[2] RFC (20/9/16);

Brighton were knocked out of the EFL Cup by the Royals. A goal from Tomer Hemed wasn’t enough after Stephen Quinn and John Swift put the visitors 2-0 up.

H-2-H;

This will be the 98th meeting between the 2 sides, with Brighton winning 30 of those while Reading have claimed victory on 36 occasions.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, March;

Baldock, Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 2-1 Reading

 

BFC v BHAFC (18/2/17) | Match Review

Brighton returned to the top of the table, after their most convincing away win since Bonfire Night. A brace from Sam Baldock was enough for the Seagulls, to go 7 points clear of Huddersfield in 3rd, and leap-frog Newcastle, at least until Monday night.

Albion had an early shout for a penalty as Sam Baldock went down inside the box, but the referee awarded a free-kick in the other direction and booked the forward for simulation. Jamie Murphy had Albion’s first notable attempt on goal when he raced into the penalty area and headed over the crossbar from Bruno’s fine delivery from the right wing. David Stockdale was forced into making two saves low down in quick succession as he parried away a stinging drive from Marley Watkins before comfortably gathering Adam Armstrong’s low-driven effort. Steve Sidwell glanced a header wide of the target from Murphy’s inswinging free-kick, shortly before Anthony Knockaert’s close-range effort was blocked in front of goal. Baldock volleyed narrowly wide after working space for himself on the edge of Barnsley’s penalty area, and he then turned provider for strike partner Glenn Murray, but Tykes goalkeeper Adam Davies tipped the forward’s deflected header over. Barnsley captain Marc Roberts rose highest inside the box to meet a corner at the back post, but the defender could only direct his tame header wide of Stockdale’s left-hand upright. Sebastien Pocognoli had an ambitious volley drop wide of the target after plucking the ball out of the sky shortly before the break, but neither side were able to open the scoring as they went in level. The Seagulls took the lead in the 53rd minute and it was a wonderful individual effort from Baldock that broke the deadlock. The forward chipped the ball up for himself after racing towards the edge of the penalty area, before looping a half-volley over Davies into the back of the net. Albion broke forward at speed with only four Barnsley defenders back to prevent their counter attack, but Knockaert could only fire straight at Davies after surging into the penalty area. Tykes substitute Adam Hammill blazed over the crossbar after running on to Ryan Kent’s pass inside, before Stockdale saved comfortably from the midfielder’s second effort inside a minute. The hosts were made to pay for not taking their chances and it was Baldock again who scored for the Seagulls, as he slotted past Davies from close range after meeting Knockaert’s pass across the box in the 68th minute. Stockdale produced a fine save to deny Watkins’ low shot that was heading towards the bottom corner, before Bruno came to his team’s rescue at the back post and blocked Andy Yiadom’s goal-bound effort. Hammill fired over the crossbar for Barnsley in the closing stages as they pressed for a goal, but Albion’s defence held strong as they returned to winning ways.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); A routine afternoon for the Albion stopper, due to the disciplined defending in-front of him; had to be called into action a couple of times however.

Bruno (7); Starting to rediscover his form before he was injured with another solid performace, against a very electric Kent.

Duffy (7); Didn’t let the broken nose stop the big Irishman from keeping Bradshaw and Armstrong as quiet as a mouse.

Dunk (7); Could have been penalized for handball early on, but would of been harsh as he was pushed. Another impressive performance however.

Pocognoli (7);  Enjoying his run of games with Bong’s absence, and another fine performance here might have Huighton thinking he is the first choice left-back.

Knockaert (8); Assisted both goals, and while he wasn’t as efficient as some games, his presence terrified Barnsley and that allowed other to benefit, namely the front two.

Stephens (7); Played another vital role just in front of the back 4, and got through significant work to deny Barnsley the time and space in the final third.

Sidwell (7); Given the chances to get forward with his partner doing the majority of defensive work; supported the front two well.

Murphy (6); A dissapointing afternoon for the Scot, recalled to the starting XI. End product wasnt there and looked a little out of sorts.

Murray (8); Might not have scored on his return but his presence, strength and determination to win key battles up top, were all a factor in the win.

Baldock (8); Superb volley for his first, while his second was routine, but another hard afternoon of grafting for the striker, despite the yellow card.

Subs;

Akpom (N/A); Last few minutes to help run down the clock.

Tomori (N/A); On for about a few seconds. 

BFC [0]-[2] BHAFC ; Baldock (53) (68);

Att; 12,745 (1,396 Brighton)

MOTM; Baldock

 

BFC v BHAFC (18/2/17) | Match Preview

Brighton will look to get back to winning ways from home, as they travel to Barnsley, looking to secure 3 away points for the first time since the 2nd January.

Barnsley News;

Barnsley welcome back Alex Mowett after serving his suspension, but will be without Josh Scowen, Aidy White and Sessi D’Almedia through injuries. Barnsley secured 3 points on Tuesday night as they beat Aston Villa; goals from Adam Armstrong and a brace from Tom Bradshaw cancelled out Jonathan Kodija’s goal before half-time. The leading Tyke’s scorer is Bradshaw with 7 goals.

Form; W, D, D, L, W, W

FACT; Barnsley have scored a league high 15 headed goals this season; Brighton have conceded a league high proportion of their goals from opposition headers (35%).

Brighton News;

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns except for Shane Duffy, who suffered a broken nose in Tuesday’s draw with Ipswich, but he will continue to play. Tuesday’s draw with Ipswich ended a run of 5 straight home wins; an early goal from Luke Chambers gave the visitors the lead, before Tomer Hemed leveled things up from the spot; he now has 10 league goals this season, and is the 3rd Albion player to hit double figures this season (Glenn Murray 16, Anthony Knockaert 10). 

Form; W, L, L, D, W, D

FACT; Chris Hughton takes charge of his 100th Albion league game on Saturday; his record stands after 99 games at 49 wins, 31 draws and 19 defeats.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [2]-[0] BFC (24/9/16);

Brighton won the last game between the 2 sides, thanks to a Murray brace either side of half-time.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 15 of the previous 42 meetings, while the Tykes have claimed victory 17 times. Brighton are looking to win for the first time at Oakwell in 5 games, having lost 3 of the previous 4, and drawing 0-0 the last time they travelled to South Yorkshire.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Murphy;

Baldock, Hemed;

Prediction;

Barnsley 1-1 Brighton 

BHAFC v ITFC (14/2/17) | Match Review

Brighton missed the chance to go top of the Championship, as they could only draw 1-1 with Ipswich at home, on a night where promotion rivals cashed in on Albion and Newcastle’s dropped points. It was a fast and furious game, end to end, and at times so fast paced that it needed a 5/10 minute relaxing period, where either team could of won.

Ipswich broke the deadlock with only nine minutes on the clock, when Luke Chambers nodded home Tom Lawrence’s free-kick and had to receive treatment afterwards following a clash with David Stockdale. Lewis Dunk had Brighton’s first chance with a left-footed strike that was comfortably saved by Bartosz Bialkowski. Lawrence then worked his way into space and played in David McGoldrick, but his subsequent effort was blocked. Anthony Knockaert made a surging run forward and cut in from the right only to see his shot saved by Bialkowski. But the Seagulls were given a lifeline in the 29th minute when Bruno was pulled down in the box by Emyr Huws and referee Roger East pointed to the spot following a consultation with the assistant referee. Tomer Hemed coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner, as Bialkowski barely moved from his spot on the line. It could have been 2-1 to Ipswich when the ball fell to McGoldrick in the box, but Stockdale made a fine reaction save down to his right. Lawrence could also have restored the Tractor Boys’ advantage within a minute of the re-start after being played in by Grant Ward, but Stockdale denied him at the near post. Town came closer still from another Lawrence set-piece, as a shot from Chambers hit the post, before McGoldrick’s effort was deflected and clipped the bar. Solly March was allowed to drift into a central shooting position from the right flank, but his strike went wide of Bialkowski’s far post. Dale Stephens also tried his luck from distance, only to see his sliced effort hit the post behind the goal. Albion had claims for a second penalty as March appeared to have been caught by Jordan Spence in the box, but referee East waved play on. Then just moments later, Sam Baldock was teed up by Knockaert from close range but saw his shot saved by Bialkowski. Hughton freshened up his attack by bringing on Jamie Murphy for March and despite a spell of relentless Albion pressure, Ipswich had a chance to score when Huws got past Dunk in the box, but saw his shot blocked by Shane Duffy. Chuba Akpom came off the bench to replace Baldock, and he almost had an immediate impact after being played through by Sidwell, but couldn’t trouble Bialkowski with his shot. The Arsenal loanee then turned provider for Murray on the left, but his strike flashed across the face of goal. As six minutes of injury time were shown on the board, Murphy surged down the left and teed up Murray, who turned but saw his shot agonisingly hit the post. The whistle was blown not soon after, and the look on the Albion players faces told the story; they were disappointed with the result, but they will have a chance to go back to the top of the table, when they travel to Barnsley on Saturday.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (8); Made some vital saves against McGoldrick and Lawrence, and looked relatively commanding in his area

Bruno (7); A good performance for the captain; commanding in defence and was purposeful in going forward; won the penalty too.

Duffy (7); Made some key blocks from Huws and McGoldrick, but was beaten by Chambers for their goal, while missing a chance in the second half.

Dunk (7); Had a tough night against McGoldrick and Lawrence, but thwarted their advances a majority of the time.

Pocognoli (7); Continues his good work at left back; solid defensively and starting to venture forward more to provide support.

Knockaert (6); Had a frustrating evening in all honesty; sometimes lost the ball when trying to beat a man or two, but did provide some decent set-pieces.

Stephens (7); A key figure in the middle of the park; controlled the tempo and kept busy with Huws and Ward prowling in midfield.

Sidwell (7); Somehow blocked McGoldricks point blank shot, but other than that he was just as busy as Stephens, getting through a lot of work.

March (6); There was moments of promise, but it was mostly disappointment at times with him. Might of had a penalty, but equally could of stayed on his feet to cross the ball.

Baldock (6); Full of running and energy, but not much came for him before being replaced by Akpom.

Hemed (7); Composed as usual with his penalty, but not much chance to add to his tally with little to feed on.

Subs;

Murray (6); So close but yet so far when he hit the post late in the game.

Murphy (6); Made a big difference and cause Emmanuel huge problems, might have even seen him sent off had it not been for some lenient refereeing.

Akpom (6); Tried to turn the screw with bold drives and hustle.

BHAFC [1]-[1] ITFC ; Hemed (29pen); Chambers (9);

Att; 26,360

MOTM; Stockdale

BHAFC v ITFC (14/2/17) | Match Preview

Brighton are back in action on Tuesday night, hoping to extend their 6 point gap back to 3rd place Huddersfield. They take on a Ipswich side who secured their first win in 7 games on Saturday.

Ipswich News;

Ipswich will be without Jonathan Williams, Steven Taylor, Christophe Berra, Tommy Smith and Adam Webster, but could welcome back Cole Skuse from injury. A late winner from Emyr Huws ensured a victory for the Tractor Boys, against a poor Aston Villa side, who are winless in 8. In-form man Tom Lawrence is the leading scorer for the Suffolk side, with 8 goals this term. 

Form; L, L, D, L, D, W

FACT; Ipswich have only scored 11 away goals all season.

Brighton News;

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns for the visit of Ipswich, and could name the same team from the game on Saturday against Burton. Brighton overcame Burton on Saturday with a 4-1 victory; goals from Sam Baldock, Glenn Murray and a brace from Tomer Hemed extended Brighton’s gap to 3rd from 5 points to 6, although they missed out on the clean sheet, thanks to a wonderful free kick from Michael Kightly. Glenn Murray scored his 1st goal of 2017 to take him to 16 goals this season.

Form; W, W, L, L, D, W

FACT; Brighton have conceded only 8 home goals all season, the best in the Championship.

Last Time We Met: ITFC [0]-[0] BHAFC (27/9/16);

Brighton drew 0-0 with a resilient Ipswich side, where Dale Stephens was sent off.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 24 of the 69 previous meetings with Ipswich, while the Tractor Boys boast 31 victories. 

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, March;

Baldock, Hemed

Prediction;

Brighton 2-0 Ipswich

 

BHAFC v BAFC (11/2/17) | Match Review

Brighton got back to winning ways, after defeating Burton Albion 4-1, including a landmark goal for Sam Baldock on his return to the side.

Albion created their first chance when Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed linked up well on the right-hand side but Steve Sidwell’s shot went wide. Dale Stephens met Solly March’s set-piece into the box and nodded the ball onto Shane Duffy, whose close-range header went wide. After dominating possession in the opening stages, Hemed fired Albion in front with 12 minutes on the clock with a cool, close-range finish from Knockaert’s cross. The Frenchman continued to enjoy a lot of freedom down the right-hand side; he weaved in and out of the Burton defence before his subsequent shot was blocked by Ben Turner. After playing through the rest of the first half without creating too many clear-cut chances, the Seagulls doubled their lead just two minutes after the re-start thanks to Baldock. Brighton’s number nine dispatched his close-range effort beyond Jon McLaughlin from March’s in-swinging cross from the left flank, and scoring his 100th league goal. March was involved in the thick of the action again when he shimmied his way through the Brewers’ defence and was brought down in the box for a penalty. Hemed stepped up to casually convert the ball into the bottom corner, and sent McLaughlin the wrong way in the process, to make it 3-0 with 57 minutes on the clock. Chances were few and far between for the visitors, but Michael Kightly did try his luck with a shot from distance that was comfortably saved by David Stockdale. Marvin Sordell came much closer to gaining Burton a foothold in the game when he cut past Lewis Dunk but saw his shot force a fine stop from Stockdale. With the game already over as a contest, Chuba Akpom came on to make his home debut for the Seagulls as part of a triple change that saw him replace Baldock, while Stephens and Hemed were replaced by Beram Kayal and Murray respectively. The gloss was taken off the scoreline slightly when Kightly executed a brilliant free-kick to give the Brewers a consolation goal in the 75th minute. The visitors sensed the possibility of a seemingly unlikely comeback when Tom Flanagan ended a flowing move with a shot from distance that rose over the crossbar. That possibility was quashed once and for all with 83 minutes on the clock, when Murray headed home from Knockaert’s brilliant cross. Akpom was unlucky not to score after he showed brilliant composure inside the box, but his shot went inches wide of the far post.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (7); Spectator for much of the game, couldn’t do much with the free-kick, fairly easy afternoon for the Albion stopper.

Bruno (7); Linked up well with Knockaert; solid offensively and defensively.

Duffy (6); Not much to do, but won near enough all aerial duals against Sordell and Akins.

Dunk (6); Composed when on the ball, and strong as always in defence although not much to scare him.

Pocognoli (7); Plays much better with March than any other left winger, and was always keen to get forward. 

Knockaert (8); Early tackle from Flanagan left him in a little discomfort, but shook it off and provided 2 brilliant assists for Hemed’s first and Murrays goals.

Stephens (7); Brought some discipline and authority back to midfield, and showed how crucial he is to a winning Albion team.

Sidwell (7); With Stephens back in his holding role, he had the chances to get forward and create more.

March (9); Slightly quiet opening 20 minutes or so, but couldn’t fault anything else after that; great cross for Baldock, won the penalty and beat players with ease at times.

Baldock (8); Re-introduced after injury, and had another solid game with his tireless running and grab his 100th league goal.

Hemed (9); Couldn’t of asked for much more from the Israeli international; bold call to drop top marksman Murray, but used his good form to use and bagged himself 2 goals in a busy yet rewarding afternoon.

Subs;

Kayal (6); Slotted into midfield well after replacing Stephens, and helped see the game out.

Murray (7); Well taken header to bring up his first goal since the end of December; looked sharp when he came on.

Akpom (6); Had a glorious chance to score on his home debut, but just missed the target.

BHAFC [4]-[1] BAFC ; Hemed (12, 57pen), Baldock (47), Murray (83); Kightly (75);

Att; 29,454

MOTM; March

 

BHAFC v BAFC (11/2/17) | Match Preview

Brighton return to The AMEX, hoping to get back to winning ways after a less than plesant trips to Huddersfield and Brentford last week; they take on a Burton Albion side slowly sliding down the table and are just outside the relegation zone.

Burton Albion News;

Burton Albion have a number of casualties for the trip down South, with Damien McCrory, John Bradford, Kyle McFazdean, Lloyd Dyer and Luke Varney all on the treatment table, while Chris O’Grady is unavailable as he can’t face his parent club. Nigel Clough is expected to name the same team as last weekend, with the exception of injured McCrory. Burton picked up a fine home win against Wolves on Saturday; after going 1-0 down thanks to a Helder Costa penalty, the Brewers came back in the second half with goals from Michael Kightly and Cauley Woodrow to seal all 3 points. Jackson Irvine is the leading scorer with 8 goal this season.

Form; L, L, L, W, L, W

FACT; Burton’s last 7 league goals have all been scored by different players.

Brighton News;

Brighton could have both Dale Stephens and Sam Baldock avaliable once again, after their time on the sidelines with injury; Gaetan Bong, however, is still out with injury. Lewis Dunk is also up for selection after serving his 1 game ban against Brentford last Sunday. Brighton scored late on in a pulsating game at Griffin Park. After going 2-0 down thanks to goals from Jota and Harlee Dean, Brighton drew level with goals from Solly March and Shane Duffy. A 94th minute strike from Konstantin Kerschbaumer thought he had won the game for the Bees, but Tomer Hemed popped up in the 97th minute to head home an equaliser. Glenn Murray is still the top Seagulls scorer with 15, but hasn’t scored a league goal since the game against QPR back in December.

Form; L, W, W, L, L, D

FACT; Brighton have won 7 of their last 8 home league games, including 5 in a row, scoring 17 and conceding only 3.

Last Time We Met: BAFC [0]-[1] BHAFC (17/9/16);

Brighton had to wait late in the game to steal all 3 points, thanks to a Hemed penalty.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won both the previous 2 meetings between the 2 sides.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Pocognoli;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, March;

Hemed, Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 3-0 Burton Albion

 

BFC v BHAFC (5/2/17) | Match Review

Brighton played out a pulsating game at Griffin Park, as 2 late injury time goals helped share the spoils of a incredible match. They had the heroics of David Stockdale to thank, after the Albion keeper saved his 3rd penalty in a row to help Brighton return home with a point.

Brentford went in front thanks to a cheeky flick from Jota, after Josh Clarke had cut the ball back to the edge of the 6 yard box. It got worse for the Seagulls just 7 minutes later, after Harlee Dean headed home a second after the ball fell to him from a deflected corner from Josh McEachran; Stockdale trying his best to keep it out, but just out of his reach. After a disastrous first half, Brighton started the second with a flurry of good build-up plays and half-chances, as well as a penalty shout after Anthony Knockaert’s effort was blocked by Tom Field, before hitting his hand and then subsequently clearing the danger. Things went from bad to worse for the Seagulls, after they were caught on the break, and a McEachran pass found Jota in bags of space, he drove into the box before being taken out by Uwe Hunemeier, and ref Jeremy Simpson had no hesitations to give a penalty. Lasse Vibe stepped up to take the spot kick, but it was saved by the legs of Stockdale, after the Brentford man had tried to put it down the middle. It was just the left that Brighton needed, although Brentford went close to adding a third, when Stockdale had to be alert to save a Nico Yennaris effort. They were made to pay for missing their chances, when Solly March picked up a deflected Knockaert pass outside the Bee’s penalty area, before unleashing a thunderous left footed shot into the top corner. Just minutes later, Albion were level after Shane Duffy headed in a Knockaert cross, sparking wild celebrations in the away end. Brighton were in the ascendancy, and could have pulled in front just moments later when Duffy put his 3 yard strike straight at Daniel Bentley, after a deflected March pass fell kindly to him at the back post; either side and it was a goal. Tomer Hemed squandered a glorious chance at the death, after both him and Chuba Akpom went for the same March cross, only for the Israeli to be put of by his fellow teammate and head over from 3 yards out. Brentford thought they had won it when sub Konstantin Kerschbaumer curled a 25 yard effort, into the bottom corner late in injury time. But there was time for more drama; Brighton pushed forward for a last-gasp equaliser, and got it when Hemed nodded home a Knockaert cross, igniting the away end into ruptures as if they had won promotion then and there. There was barely anytime to take the kick-off and the game finished at 3-3; a result Brighton won’t mind taking considering they were 2-0 down at half-time.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (8); The game was over had he not saved Vibe’s penalty, as well an Yennaris’s effort just minutes later. Will be disappointed letting in 3 for the second game running, but like last Thursday, it could of been way more without him.

Bruno (6); Much better against his man than on Thursday, although it still wasn’t his brilliant best.

Duffy (7); Mixed afternoon for the Irishman; completely dominated in the first half by Brentford’s waves of attack, before popping up to score the first equalizer. Should of had a second just moments later, but couldn’t divert his shot past Bentley.

Hunemeier (5); Quite a woeful performance from the German, but he can be forgiven that he hasn’t played a lot of competitive football in the last 12 months, which shows given his decision to dive in on Jota for the penalty.

Pocognoli (6); Suffered in the first half with Skalak not tracking Clarke back, before having a much better half with March in front of him.

Knockaert (8); A frustrated figure in the first half, the game suddenly opened up to him with a couple of runs at defenders, crosses and shots. His 2 crosses for Duffy and Hemed were world-class, and had both the defenders and keeper stuck in limbo about what to do with it.

Sidwell (6); Quiet first half with Brenford enjoying the possession,  it livened the game up in the second as Albion looked to get back into the game.

Norwood (6); Seemed to be slightly passive in his approach in the first half, giving Brentford more time that they deserved; much better in the second half with the tempo raised up to his level.

Skalak (5); Only highlight of his 45 minutes was a cross to Murphy who headed wide, other than that it was a slack and inefficient performace from what was a key player at the start of the season.

Murphy (6); Looked ok in the opening few minutes in the No. 10 role, not much to feed on in the first, but looked as if the role suited him well before being taken off in the final push.

Murray (6); A hugely frustrating afternoon for the top marksman; nothing for him to feed on, and when there was he was sitting 50 yards away on the bench.

Subs;

March (8); Changed the dynamic of the game with some brilliant crosses, energy rate and of course his fantastic goal.

Akpom (6); Thrown on to help rescue a point as the clock ran down. Got in Hemed’s way when he looked certain to score, which eventually put him off.

Hemed (7); Could have sealed all 3 points had Akron not got in his way, but managed to rescue a point in the end just 8 minutes later.

BFC [3]-[3] BHAFC ; Jota (15), Dean (22), Kerschbaumer (90+4); March (75), Duffy (78), Hemed (90+7);

Att; 10,433 (1,644 Brighton)

MOTM; Stockdale/March (Can’t decide)