LUFC v BHAFC (18/3/17) | Match Review

Brighton saw their 6 match winning streak against Leeds disappear, after the Yorkshire outfit claimed a huge three points, in the race for promotion.

The match began rather cagily with no clear-cut chances for either side inside the opening quarter of an hour. Chris Wood put the ball in the back of the net with 20 minutes on the clock, but referee Lee Mason ruled out the strike following Alfonso Pedraza’s pass. A corner from Pablo Hernandez was met by Kyle Bartley at the far post, but his header back across goal drifted wide. The hosts stepped up the pressure on Albion’s goal, as Uwe Huenemeier headed Hernandez’s cross behind, before Wood somehow failed to make contact with the ball from the subsequent corner. Beram Kayal did brilliantly to engineer a chance for the Seagulls when his low cross was backheeled by Sam Baldock and took a nick off Liam Cooper, which forced Leeds keeper Rob Green into a fine one-handed reaction save. The second-half began in the same fashion to the first with little in the way of goalscoring action, with the only chance of note coming from Hadi Sacko whose effort went wide. Kayal then tried his luck from distance from 25 yards out, but Green remained untroubled in the Leeds goal. Wood almost took advantage of a lapse of concentration in the Brighton defence, but his close-range shot was met with a comfortable save from David Stockdale. But the league’s top scorer did break the deadlock with 63 minutes on the clock, when he met Charlie Taylor’s left-footed cross with a fine header that beat Stockdale at his near post. Albion came close to levelling the scores almost immediately as Glenn Murray flicked on Anthony Knockaert’s corner, but Baldock couldn’t reach the ball at the far post. The Frenchman played in another delivery that caused the Leeds defence problems, when his corner narrowly eluded Lewis Dunk in the area. Knockaert surged forward down the right-hand side moments later and opted his low strike was met with a comfortable save by Green. Murray was played through down the left-hand side, but dragged his shot wide with an angled attempt. Murray was involved in the thick of the action again when was found by Knockaert inside the box, and Green palmed away his fierce strike. Solly March was brought on in place of Jiri Skalak and made an instant impact on the left flank. He teed up Kayal in the box, but the Israeli saw his attempt blocked. The hosts wrapped up the three points in the 85th minute when Fikayo Tomori was penalised for bringing down Souleymane Doukara in the box, and Wood scored from the resulting spot-kick to make it 2-0.

Line-Up;

Stockdale (6); Not givens much to do, but saved well from Wood in the second half, before the marksman struck with a header.

Tomori (7); Had an absolute belter of a game, only to ruin it with a very clumsy penalty.

Hunemeier (7); Had a great game; filled Duffy’s boots well with towering headers and got through lots of good work.

Dunk (6); Mixed afternoon against Wood; on top it seemed in the first half, but bullied in the second especially for the opening goal.

Rosenior (6); A reasonably steady performace from him, although could count himself lucky he only saw yellow for a late challenge on Sacko.

Knockaert (6); Quiet first half, before coming into the game in the second; wrong decision to go for goal instead of cutting it back to Murray/Baldock when there was a chance to equalise.

Stephens (6); Nothing out the ordinary for him; just helped tick things over in the midfield.

Kayal (7); Probably the pick of the front 6; looked dangerous with the ball and nearly had his cross deflected in in the first half.

Skalak (5); Quiet game from him, set-pieces summed up his night; poor.

Baldock (6); Lots of goof running in the channels, but usually quelled by the Bartley-Cooper partnership.

Murray (6); Usualy thrives on crosses, but very little came in. Had a glorious chance to equalise, but hit his shot straight at Green.

Subs;

March (6); Bright cameo from the England U21 international, looked the threat of the game when introduced.

Akpom (N/A); Not enough time to make an impact.

Norwood (N/A); Last throw of the dice from Hughton to try and rescue a point.

LUFC [2]-[0] BHAFC ; Wood (63), (85pen);

Att; 29,767 (Brighton – Unknown)

MOTM; Kayal

 

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