Brighton missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table to 4 points, as they were comprehensively beaten by a ruthless Huddersfield side. The hosts were like a hurricane; ripping through everything that got in their way and Brighton were like the people caught in the storm; could only watch it smash through everything.
Huddersfield could of taken the lead when Rajiv van La Parra struck the outside of the post, after the ball fell to him after some penalty box pinball. They did take the lead minutes later, thanks to Tom Smith’s effort after he’s initial effort was blocked by Seb Pocognoli, he squeezed the rebound into the near post. Just 10 minutes later Brighton were back on level terms against the run of play, after Aaron Moody’s poor headed backpass aloowed Tomer Hemed to ghost in before rounding Danny Ward, and slotting the ball home before Chris Lowe could slide in to block the effort. Huddersfield were back in front 10 minutes before half-time, thanks to Nahki Wells; after some good, quick passing between Mooy and Elias Kachunga, the ball was slide into Wells path, before unleashing his shot into the top corner. Just as the half-time whistle was about to go, Kachunga nodded home the ball from 4 yards after David Stockdale parried Lowe’s shot into a dangerous area. After a tactical change, Brighton looked much better, but couldn’t find a way through and their task was made harder, when Lewis Dunk was given his marching orders, after picking up a second yellow card for a challenge on Izzy Brown; while he won the ball, it was a firm, wild tackle and he can have no complaints. Mooy had a chance to make it four late on in the game, but his brilliant 30 yard strike hit the outside of the post. Game finished 3-1, and it was worse than a bad day at the office for the Seagulls, but take nothing away from Huddersfield, they were by far the best team Brighton have played this season.
Stockdale (6); Made some sharp saves late on in the game, but beaten at his near post for the first, and could only parry the ball upwards to allow Kachunga to have an open goal.
Bruno (5); Torrid game for the captain; booked inside the first minute and might have seen a red minutes later. Couldn’t handle van La Parra, but was better when moved to centre back after Dunk’s dismissal.
Duffy (6); The only bright spark in the back 5, made some good blocks and was good in the air, but still a very hard night.
Dunk (5); Once again, his discipline was called into question after another red card. Arguments he got the ball first before Brown, but was a bookable offence. Struggled with the hosts interchanging movement.
Pocognoli (5); Really quiet going forward, and like Bruno, he struggled against his marker Kachunga.
Knockaert (5); Usually is a thorn in Huddersfield’s side, but was a very quiet night for the tricky winger.
Kayal (5); Coudln’t stop Huddersfield’s slick passing and build-up play, and wasn’t up to speed with the game.
Norwood (5); Couldn’t get on the ball to establish any order in midfield; over-run with the high press of the Terriers.
Murphy (5); Game seemed to pass him; hardly involved in anything, and at times couldn’t read Smith’s runs down the wing.
Hemed (6); Scored the goal with a wonderful finish. Not much else for him to do before being replaced by Akpom.
Murray (5); Found the net with a header, but rightly ruled out for offside. Put in a huge amount effort for no reward.
Sidwell (5); Brought on to restore some order to the midfield, but had to switch to right back after Dunk’s sending off.
Akpom (5); Had some glimpses of magic with some strong runs at Huddersfield defence; more to come from him.
March (5); Hardly made an impact when brought on for Murphy.
HTFC - BHAFC ; Smith (10), Wells (36), Kachunga (45+1); Hemed (20), Dunk (67 – OFF);
Att; 20,104 (776 Brighton)