SCFC v BHAFC (10/2/18) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to Stoke in a crunch match at the foot of the table, where 3 points can go a long way in terms of survival for both teams.

Stoke Team News;

Jese will be in the squad for the first time since the start of December after family leave, and Bruno Martins Indi is set to return.

Last Time Out; AFCB 2-1 SCFC

Stoke fell to an away defeat at the hands of Bournemouth. Xherdan Shaqiri gave the Potters a 1-0 lead before 2nd half goals from Josh King and Lys Mousset.

Top Scorer; Shaqiri, Diouf (5)

Form; L, L, L, W, D, L

FACT; Stoke have lost 7 of their last 11 games and taken only 8 points out of a possible 33 in that period.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will have record signing Jurgen Locadia in the squad for the first time after injury; Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak remain out.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 3-1 WHUFC

Brighton got themselves their first PL double with a dominating win against West Ham. Glenn Murray put the Seagulls in front before Javier Hernandez equalised. 2nd half goals from Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross gave them a much needed win.

Top Scorer; Murray (10)

Form; W, L, L, W, D, W

FACT; Brighton are without an away league win since the start of November.

Earlier In The Season: BHAFC [2]-[2] SCFC (20/11/17);

Brighton were held to a 2-2 draw back in November. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put the visitors in front before Pascal Gross levelled, but Kurt Zouma scored in first half stoppage time. Izquierdo scored into the 2nd half and the points were shared

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 9 of the 40 meetings between the 2 sides, while Stoke have won 16. The Potters have won 8 of the last 9 games keeping 5 clean sheets in that time; Brighton’s last win was back in 2001.

Likely Line-Up;

Butland;

Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Peters;

Allen, Cameron, Adam;

Shaqiri, Diouf, Choupo-Moting;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

March, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Stoke 1-1 Brighton

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BHAFC v WHUFC (3/2/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion recorded a fantastic 3-1 win against West Ham United at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, claiming their first-ever Premier League double. Glenn Murray had handed the Albion an eighth-minute lead in the first half, but his well-taken effort was cancelled out by Javier Hernandez on the half hour mark. Jose Izquierdo put the Seagulls back in front just before the hour mark with an outstanding curling finish into the top corner, before Pascal Gross’s stylish effort gave the Seagulls a two-goal advantage and all three points. Chris Hughton made one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s on Wednesday evening with Anthony Knockaert replacing Solly March on Albion’s right. David Moyes named an unchanged side for the visitors who drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace on Tuesday but there was a space on the Hammers’ bench for deadline day arrival Jordan Hugill

The Seagulls began on the front foot and took the lead after eight minutes. A quick counter attack saw Knockaert find  Gross in the centre – and the German’s intelligent through ball found Murray and the forward advanced towards goal and calmly slotted under Adrian as an excellent advantage was played after Knockaert was brought down byAaron Cresswell, who was booked, in the build-up. Knockaert then fired over when off balance as Albion remained camped in the West Ham half, before Murray saw a shot from the edge of the area blocked after a neat exchange between Gross, Izquierdo and the striker. Sam Byram’s header was scrambled away by the Seagulls after a dangerous cross by Cresswell, but the visitors drew level on the half hour. Mark Noble’s driven pass was firmly into the feet of Javier Hernandez, who weaved his way past home defenders before firing into the top corner. Cresswell provided another dangerous delivery five minutes before the interval, but Joao Mario’s extended leg couldn’t make contact with the cross, before Byram’s header at the far post went well over the bar. Lewis Dunk picked up Albion’s first yellow card of the game shortly after the restart for a late challenge on Hernandez and Murray’s cutback couldn’t find a Seagulls shirt as the half began in an equally competitive nature. But the Seagulls were soon back in front just before the hour mark – and in some style. There didn’t appear to be much danger on when Izquierdo picked up possession on the edge of the area after a corner by Gross had sailed to the back post, but the Colombian winger took aim superbly and curled a delightful finish into the top corner to put the hosts back ahead. Michael Antonio then came on in place of Declan Rice as the visitors made their first change of the afternoon, and Gross headed over after a marauding run and cross from Schelotto. Murray was withdrawn for Leonardo Ulloa with just under 20 minutes left, as the Argentine striker received a standing ovation as he entered the field on his return to the Amex Stadium. A wonderfully worked move between Ulloa, Izquierdo and Gross ended in the latter’s shot deflecting narrowly wide for a corner, before the German fired Albion into a two-goal lead soon after. Davy Propper’s well-weighted pass was slick and into the feet of the midfielder, and Gross turned stylishly before firing an unstoppable shot past Adrian and into the far corner to give the hosts a more comfortable advantage. Knockaert was replaced by Solly March in Albion’s second change, and the midfielder was straight into the action as he found Gross in-behind – but his shot was tipped away by Adrian. West Ham’s deadline day arrival  Hugill then came on in place of Byram for the visitors’ second change, before Beram Kayal replaced Gross with seven minutes left to play. There was still time for both Ulloa and March to go close as the latter fired agonisingly over from close range but that was the last action of the afternoon as the home side saw out the remainder of the contest to secure a vital three points and their first Premier League win of 2018.

Brighton Subs; West Ham Subs;
Ulloa —> Murray (72) Antonio —> Rice (65)
March —> Knockaert (78) Hugill —> Byram (80)
Kayal —> Gross (83)

BHAFC [3]-[1] WHUFC; Murray (8), Izquierdo (59), Gross (75); Hernandez (30);

Att; 30,589 (2,990 West Ham)

Albion MOTM; Izquierdo

BHAFC v WHUFC (3/2/18) | Match Preview

Brighton host injury-plagued West Ham at The AMEX on Saturday, looking for a first league win since the 23rd of December.

West Ham News;

West Ham have an injury-hit team going into the game; Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Edmilson Fernandes and Pedro Obiang all out injured, while Arthur Masuaku is suspended.

Last Time Out; WHUFC 1-1 CPFC

West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace; Christian Benteke opened the scoring before Mark Noble scored a penalty to equalise.

Top Scorer; Arnautovic (6)

Form; D, W, W, D, L, D

FACT; West Ham have taken 8 points from their last 4 league games, as many as in their previous 15 games.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have Steve Sidwell, Jurgen Locadia and Jiri Skalak missing, but Bruno is back after 3 games out with a back injury.

Last Time Out;

Brighton drew 1-1 away at Southampton; Glenn Murray scored a penalty in the 15th minute, before Jack Stephens equalised in the 2nd half.

Top Scorer; Murray (9)

Form; D, W, L, L, W, D

FACT; Brighton could do their first PL double with a win over the Hammers.

Earlier In The Season: WHUFC [0]-[3] BHAFC (20/10/17);

Brighton won their first PL away game after a convincing 3-0 win against a poor West Ham side; Murray scored either side of a Jose Izquierdo stunner to seal the 3 points.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 16 of the 48 games played between the sides, with West Ham winning 18 times. Brighton won the last meeting, before that West Ham had romped to 3 straight wins scoring 10 goals in that time and conceding 0.

West Ham Likely Line-Up;

Adrian;

Ogbonna, Fonte, Collins;

Byram, Noble, Kouyate, Zabaleta, Cresswell;

Hugill, Joao Mario;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Goldson, Duffy, Dunk;

Schelotto, Stephens, Kayal, Propper, Suttner;

Knockaert, Ulloa;

Prediction;

Brighton 2-1 West Ham

SFC v BHAFC (31/1/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 1-1 against Southampton on Wednesday evening at St Mary’s Stadium. A first-half penalty from Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls a deserved lead, before Jack Stephens equalised for the hosts in the second period to mean the spoils were shared. Chris Hughton made ten changes to the side that defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Emirates FA Cup. Dale Stephens was the only individual who kept his place in the starting eleven on the south coast as the Seagulls returned to Premier League action.

Albion began brightly and had a glorious chance to go ahead with little more than 20 seconds on the clock. Murray flicked a long ball forward on to Pascal Gross, and as the midfielder fired the ball across goal and to the back-post, Jose Izquierdo blazed over the bar having been left unmarked. Hughton’s men continued to look menacing in attack, with Gross and Solly March linking up well, while Davy Propper fired over the bar as the home side looked shaky in defence. The Seagulls got their reward for a strong start on 15 minutes when they went into the lead courtesy of a penalty. Izquierdo raced down the left and cut inside before finding March, who was equally evasive with neat footwork – drawing Wesley Hoedt into a foul. Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot leaving Murray to score his second goal in as many matches. Lewis Dunk did well to clear a dangerous cross from the right looking for Shane Long in the centre, before Oriel Romeu fired high and wide as he latched onto a loose ball as the contest reached the halfway point of the opening period. Albion fans then had hearts in mouths as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg chased down a back pass that put Maty Ryan under pressure. The keeper then fired his clearance against the home midfielder and the ball looped up before bouncing off the bar and fortuitously away from danger. Hoedt picked up the game’s first booking when he clumsily brought down Ezequiel Schelotto as the Seagulls looked to counter, before Murray turned and shot low at Alex McCarthy at the home keeper’s near-post. Ryan Bertrand then volleyed over after a corner at the other end. March saw an effort blocked in the final few moments of the half but that was the last of the action in the opening period as Albion went into the break ahead. The home side made a double change at the interval with Romeu and Dusan Tadic being replaced by Sofiane Boufal and Guido Carrillo, and the second half began evenly with both sides squandering possession cheaply. Stephens headed James Ward-Prowse’s cross wide eight minutes into the half but he found the equaliser just after the hour mark – turning home Ward-Prowse’s free-kick from the left to level inside a crowded penalty area. Leo Ulloa then entered the action, replacing Murray with just under 15 minutes left, as Hughton looked to freshen things up in attack with the Seagulls coming under pressure from the hosts. Manolo Gabbiadini was Southampton’s final change as he replaced Long up front and Beram Kayal came on in place for Gross with eight minutes left. Ulloa was inches away from connecting with March’s free-kick in the final few moments but both sides claimed a point as the referee brought an even contest to a close.

 Southampton Subs; Brighton Subs; 
 Carrillo —> Tadic (46)  Ulloa —> Murray (76)
 Boufal —> Romeu (46)  Kayal —> Gross (82)
 Gabbiadini —> Long (79)

SFC [1]-[1] BHAFC; Stephens (64); Murray (15pen);

Att; 30,034 (3,300 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Izquierdo

SFC v BHAFC (31/1/18) | Match Preview

Brighton travel down the South Coast to face a Southampton side, with both teams in desperate need of 3 points.

Southampton News;

Southampton will be missing Ryan Bertrand and Charlie Austin for the visit of the Seagulls.

Last Time Out; SFC 1-0 WFC

Southampton secured passage to the 5th round of the F.A Cup with a home win over Watford; Jack Stephens with the goal.

Top Scorer; Austin (6)

Form; D, L, W, D, D, W

FACT; Southampton are winless in 11 games, drawing 6 and losing 5.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton are missing Steve Sidwell, Jiri Skalak and Jurgen Locadia for the trip down the South Coast, but new loan signing Leo Ulloa is available.

Last Time Out; MFC 0-1 BHAFC

Brighton scored a 90th minute winner to book their place in the 5th round of the F.A Cup, thanks to Glenn Murray.

Top Scorer; Murray (8)

Form; D, D, W, L, L, W

FACT; Brighton could equal the club league record of 7 consecutive away fixtures without a goal.

Earlier In The Season: BHAFC [1]-[1] SFC (29/10/17);

Brighton were held to a 1-1 draw at home to the Saints; Steven Davis opened the scoring before Murray equalised early into the second half.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 20 of the 67 meetings between the 2 sides, while the Saints have won 32 Brighton have won only twice in the last 14 games, with Southampton winning 7 times in that period.

Southampton Likely Line-Up;

McCarthy;

Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Pied;

Ward-Prowse, Lemina;

Carrillo, Hojbjerg, Boufal;

Gabbiadini;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong;

March, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Southampton 0-0 Brighton

MFC v BHAFC (27/1/18) | F.A Cup 5th Round Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round, after Glenn Murray’s 90th-minute winner ensured the Seagulls edged out Middlesbrough 1-0 on Teesside. Murray’s fortuitous effort was enough to settle an otherwise cagey and lacklustre fourth round tie, as Chris Hughton’s side claimed their place in the last 16 of the competition. The Seagulls boss made seven changes to the side that lost 4-0 against Chelsea the previous Saturday, with only Connor Goldson, Markus Suttner, Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed retaining their places in the starting line-up.

Boro had their first chance inside the opening couple of minutes when Ashley Fletcher took advantage of some indecisive Albion defending on the edge of the box but fired his long-range effort wide. Albion worked their first opening when Jiri Skalak cut inside off the left flank and drifted in a ball towards Sam Baldock, but the striker couldn’t make a decent connection. Boro had another chance when George Friend delivered an enticing cross into the box, but Martin Braithwaite couldn’t divert his header on target. Adama Traore then got the better of Suttner and Beram Kayal to tee up Fletcher, but the forward fired wide from deep inside the box. Daniel Ayala was next to come close for the hosts after meeting Braithwaite’s looping corner, but his header was straight at Tim Krul. The hosts came closer to breaking the deadlock moments later, as Patrick Bamford’s overhead kick from Ryan Shotton’s long throw hit the roof of the net. Traore then took advantage of some indecisive Albion defending only to see his fierce strike clip off the outside of the post. After a quiet start to the second half, the game sprang to life when Kayal’s strike was punched by Darren Randolph into the path of Skalak. His attempt was blocked while Baldock saw his subsequent shot cleared. Hughton freshened up the left flank with the introduction of Jose Izquierdo in place of Skalak, and he looked to make his mark after a surging run forward, only to see his shot go wide. The Colombian was involved in the thick of the action again moments later when he fed in Kayal down the right, who took a touch before firing an effort over from a tight angle. The livewire Traore continued to pose a threat and he sent a low drive just wide of Krul’s near post. But just as the game looked to be heading for a replay, Suttner’s ball into the box was cleared by Friend, only to ricochet off Murray and back beyond Randolph, to send the away end into raptures. Brighton have since been drawn at home to Coventry City in the 5th Round.

Middlesbrough Subs; Brighton Subs;
Assombalonga —> Fletcher (56) Propper —> Stephens (46)
Downing —> Braithwaite (56) Izquierdo —> Skalak (61)
Fry —> Ayala (65) Murray —> Hemed (72)

MFC [0]-[1] BHAFC; Murray (90);

Att; 20,475 (911 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Murray

MFC v BHAFC (27/1/18) | F.A Cup 4th Round Match Preview

Brighton travel to Teeside for their 4th round match against Middlesbrough; their first time back since their heart-breaking last day draw which saw them lose out on automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Middlesbrough Team News;

Tony Pulis have no injury concerns, but is expected to rotate his squad to keep key players fresh.

In The Last Round;

Middlesbrough beat rivals Sunderland 2-0 to progress to the 4th round; Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite with the goals.

Top Scorer; Assombalonga (12)

Form; W, L, W, W, L, W

FACT; Have been eliminated in 7 of their last 8 F.A Cup ties against PL opposition, failing to score in 4 of the last 5.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have new signing Jurgen Locadia and Steve Sidwell out for the trip north, but Chris Hughton is expected to rotate his squad with the game at Southampton just 4 days later.

In The Last Round;

Brighton knocked out rivals Crystal Palace in the 3rd round; Dale Stephens and Glenn Murray scored either side of Bakary Sako’s goal to seal the win.

Top Scorer; Murray (7)

Form; L, D, D, W, L, L

FACT; Have won just 2 of their last 8 away F.A Cup games, losing each of the last 2.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 9 of the 46 games played, while Boro have won 24. Boro are unbeaten in the last 5, winning 3 of them. Brighton last win was at the Riverside Stadium back in 2013, and have drawn both times they have been there since.

Middlesbrough Likely Line-Up;

Dimi;

Shotton, Ayala, Gibson, Friend;

Leadbitter, Howson;

Traore, Clayton, Downing;

Braithwaite;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Krul;

Bruno, Goldson, Hunemeier, Bong;

Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, March;

Murray, Baldock;

Prediction;

Middlesbrough 1-1 Brighton

BHAFC v CFC (20/1/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. Goals from Eden Hazard and Willian in the first few minutes put the visitors in the ascendency, and despite Albion’s spirited efforts to get back into the contest, it was the champions who sealed all three points from a game full of talking points when Hazard added gloss to the scoreline with a second goal in the 77th minute. Midfielder Victor Moses then made it 4-0 in the last minute of normal time. Chris Hughton made five changes to the side who fell to defeat at West Brom with Ezequiel Schelotto, Markus Suttner, Connor Goldson, Solly March and Tomer Hemed all coming into the team.

The visitors had the first chance of the game when Willian curled a free-kick straight into the arms of Matthew Ryan, before Chelsea took the lead moments later. Moses’s cross was deflected by Dale Stephens into the path of Eden Hazard, and the Belgian midfielder fired into the net. The Seagulls then produced a good counter as Schelotto made ground on the right-hand side. The full-back found Davy Propper who laid it out to Solly March, but the midfielder’s cross was snuffed out by the visiting defence before the ball reached the middle. Chelsea soon doubled their advantage with a superbly worked goalas Willian picked up possession in the middle of the Albion half and exchanged passes with Hazard and Batshuayi before rifling the ball past Ryan in the home goal. Willy Caballero  gathered a low effort from March before flapping at Suttner’s cross with Gross in attendance at the far post, but the midfielder’s chipped delivery was eventually cleared as the hosts responded well to falling 2-0 down so early in the game. Ryan did well to parry Tiemoue Bakayoko’s low effort away from danger and Propper flicked wide after more hesitant goalkeeping from Caballero from a corner allowed the ball to break free in the area. Batshuayi then stung the palms of Ryan just before the half hour mark and Caballero was down quickly to thwart Hemed as he headed towards goal from Gross’ stylish cross. Duffy headed Suttner’s inswinging corner wide of the mark before Hughton’s men had strong shouts for a penalty turned away as Schelotto looked to have been fouled by Bakayoko as he surged the area. Moses was inches away from meeting Hazard’s cross at the far post moments before the break and it was the Londoners who went into the interval with a two-goal advantage. Suttner’s dangerous free-kick shortly soon after the restart nearly found the head of Duffy in the centre, before the Seagulls went agonisingly close to halving the deficit. Gross found Schelotto down the right and as the ball was cutback to the former, Propper crashed his header against the upright as the home side continued to look for a route back into the contest. Duffy was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Hazard and David Luiz came on in place of Andreas Christensen in the first change of the game, before Willian curled a free-kick against the post as both teams continued to create good opportunites. Schelotto forced Caballero into another smart stop from close range with 25 minutes left to play, and Albion then made a double switch as Beram Kayal and Glenn Murray were introduced for Gross and Hemed. Murray was straight into the action as his shot from Kayal’s assist was blocked by Cesar Azpilicueta, and Alonso was replaced David Zappacosta for Chelsea as they made their second switch. Hazard put the contest beyond doubt with his second goal of the game. Chelsea counter-attacked well and the Hazard weaved his way to the edge of the area before firing past Ryan. Charly Musonda replaced Willian with ten minutes left to play and March was replaced by Jose Izquierdo as the respective teams made their final changes of the afternoon. Chelsea wrapped up victory in the final minute when Moses latched onto a ball over the top to beat Ryan with a composed finish. The margin of defeat was harsh on Albion, who contributed much to an entertaining game, but there was no doubting the quality of Chelsea’s finishing.

Brighton Subs; Chelsea Subs;
Kayal —> Gross (68) David Luiz —> Christensen (58)
Murray —> Hemed (68) Zappacosta —> Alonso (75)
Izquierdo —> March (83) Musonda —> Willian (80)

BHAFC [0]-[4] CFC; Hazard (3), (77), Willian (6), Moses (89);

Att; 30,600 (3,028 Chelsea)

Albion MOTM; Schelotto

BHAFC v CFC (20/1/18) | Match Preview

Brighton host reigning PL champions Chelsea in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday afternoon, in what should be a thrilling contest between the 2 sides, with both teams needing the win for different reasons.

Chelsea Team News;

Chelsea will be without 5 key players for the game on Saturday; Alvaro Morata and Pedro are both suspended after midweek red cards, while Gary Cahill, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas are out injured.

Last Time Out; CFC 1-1 NCFC

Chelsea were forced to go into extra time in their F.A Cup replay with Norwich. Michy Batshuayi put the hosts in front, before Jamal Lewis equalised in the 94th minute. Pedro and Morata received their marching orders in the additional 30 minutes of play, before Chelsea won 5-3 on penalties.

Top Scorer; Morata (12)

Form; W, D, D, D, D, D

FACT; Chelsea can go winless for the first 3 PL games in a calendar year for the first time in 23 years.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton have no new injury concerns; Steve Sidwell is the only absentee.

Last Time Out; WBAFC 2-0 BHAFC

Brighton slumped to another away defeat against West Brom; Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson getting the goals

Top Scorer; Murray (7)

Form; W, L, D, D, W, L

FACT; Brighton have conceded the most set-pieced goals in the PL this season (16); however they have the 2nd best record when conceding from open play (8), Manchester United lead the way (7).

Earlier In The Season: CFC [2]-[0] BHAFC (26/12/17);

Brighton lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge; goals from Morata and Marcos Alonso sealed the points for the 2016/17 PL champions.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won just once in 9 meetings with the Blues, while Chelsea have won the last 7 meetings; Brighton’s only win against them was at home in the first ever meeting. The Seagulls have scored in 3 of the 5 home games played, although Chelsea have scored in all 5.

Chelsea Likely Line-Up;

Caballero;

Rudiger, Christiansen, Azpilacueta;

Moses, Kante, Barkley, Alonso;

Hazard, Willian;

Batshuayi;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, March;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 Chelsea

WBAFC v BHAFC (13/1/18) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns and slip to 16th in the Premier League table. Headed goals in either half from Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson were enough to give the hosts their first win for 20 league matches on a disappointing afternoon for the Seagulls. Chris Hughton made eight changes to the side that defeated Crystal Palace in The Emirates FA Cup on Monday evening. Gaetan Bong, Dale Stephens and Jose Izquierdo all retained their places in the starting eleven, but the boss rang the changes across the rest of the side as the Seagulls returned to Premier League action.

The first chance of the contest went to the visitors as Izquierdo was found by Pascal Gross on the left-hand side of the penalty area – but he curled a shot wide of Ben Foster’s left-hand post. West Brom took the lead just four minutes into the contest. Matt Phillips delivered a corner from the right-hand side, and as the set-piece was flicked on by Jay Rodriguez at the near post, Evans headed home unmarked. Phillips delivered another set-piece soon after that Dawson headed wide as the home side continued in the ascendency. Anthony Knockaert’s first involvement of the afternoon was to cross to the back post looking for Glenn Murray, but the striker was beaten to the ball by Foster who claimed well. A neat exchange between Stephens and Murray ended in Davy Propper’s shot deflecting up into the air, while Izquierdo was then crowded out and penalised after working himself some space in the penalty area. Murray volleyed over from an Albion break as Hughton’s men looked to have established a foothold in the contest, while Lewis Dunk’s effort was also blocked by Dawson following a Knockaert free-kick. Propper then whipped in an inviting ball which just missed the outstretched leg of Murray as he made a diagonal run across the box, while Maty Ryan was off his line sharply to deny Dawson at the other end, as the game opened up. A neat combination between Murray and Gross then saw the latter fire over before referee Martin Atkinson brought the half to a close. Solly March replaced Izquierdo at the interval, and the first opportunity of the second period came seven minutes in when Bruno let fly from distance to force Foster into a save. But it was the hosts who doubled their advantage from another set-piece as Dawson met a corner from the left and headed down into the ground before the ball looped up into the roof of the net. March and Gross then saw crosses cleared in quick succession, before Sam Baldock came on in place of the latter with 25 minutes remaining as the Seagulls made their second switch. Baldock was involved immediately as he got in behind the home defence and found Murray; the forward then squared for Knockaert but the midfielder blazed over the bar from inside the area. March weaved his way inside and saw another ball into the area hacked clear before Shane Duffy’s header back across goal couldn’t find a visiting player. Propper made way for Beram Kayal in Albion’s final change but the hosts saw out the closing stages of the contest to claim victory.

 West Brom Subs; Brighton Subs;
Livermore —> Rodriguez (79) March —> Izquierdo (46)
Nyom —> Dawson (81) Baldock —> Gross (65)
McAuley —> Evans (83) Kayal —> Propper (76)

WBAFC [2]-[0] BHAFC; Evans (4), Dawson (55);

Att; 25,240 (2,300 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; March