Brighton and Hove Albion - 19/20 Season

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Worried that this post won’t age well, but for the first time ever I am quietly confident travelling to OT today. Brighton are improving and apart from Duffy replacing Webster, I expect the same team that beat Everton and Norwich, with Trossard coming in in the second half.
 
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What happened today? Thought you guys would give Man. United a better game than you did. Just looking at game and seems you gave away goals at poor times which can always happen at Old Trafford (conceding a third straight after 2-1 an obvious one).

Looking at stats and Man. United had about 11 shots on target so seems they played through your three CBs fairly easily.
 

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Worried that this post won’t age well, but for the first time ever I am quietly confident travelling to OT today
Yup jinxed that!

Sorry for the delay in posting this, I've been in China where the great fire wall has made my internet access difficult to say the least. But did manage to see the game streamed on MUTV on a train from Chengdu to Xi'an!

Genuinely thought this was one of United's bast games of the season, annoyingly and without doubt the best team won. Your front three caused us no end of problems and I thought Rashford in particular was almost unplayable. I'm sure many have already commented on the Utd response when Dunk scored and it showed how your team is progressing. Fine performances from Rashford, James, Fred and Perreira. Us on the other hand looked out of sorts and overwhelmed by the pace and fluidity of the United attack. I'm still not worried at all about Brighton going down and on another day we could have scored one or two more, we were quite wasteful with the few chances we had, but as I said the best team won ... a corner turned for Utd?
 

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What happened today? Thought you guys would give Man. United a better game than you did. Just looking at game and seems you gave away goals at poor times which can always happen at Old Trafford (conceding a third straight after 2-1 an obvious one).

Looking at stats and Man. United had about 11 shots on target so seems they played through your three CBs fairly easily.

Fair result would have been 4-2. Potterball played into United's hands and Ole played a predictable 4-2-3-1 which gave them an extra player in midfield. That with United getting the rub of the green it was soon 2-0. Two own goals? United defence was every bit as strong as under Mounrinho two seasons ago, only vulnerable at the two Brighton corners.

Brighton pushed forward their full backs Montoya and Burn had poor games even before they got roasted by the speed of Rashford and James. United got the rub of the green for their third goal as well. A bad day all round with Connolly going off injured at half time and Dunk getting booked for the fifth time.

Full backs were worrying. They push too far forward and can't read the game from their advanced positions. Most of United shots occurred when the game was already lost. I could feel the United tension when BHA pulled a goal back, but that only lasted for a minute when the ball fell kindly for Martial to Rashford.

Injuries building up for an difficult fixtures coming up.
 
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Sorry for the delay again in writing this, I have been very ill for the last two weeks, but am on the mend now.

As for Brighton, it is difficult to know what to say. On the one hand, I am still very pleased with the way we play, the way Potter sets us up and we give a good account of ourselves, but we are in a tough run of games, we lost to Utd, then Leicester and now Liverpool. No shame in that but we need to start picking up points quite soon and with Arsenal and Wolves coming up that could be tough.

The Liverpool game was disappointing for the goals conceded, two really simple set pieces. The assists from Alexander Arnold were brilliant, but I wonder with a Duffy in defence if we might have been a bit better in the air. Dunk was MoM for me, his quick thinking scored the free kick and he was at the centre of everything we did well. Ryan was outstanding as well making a few crucial saves and in the end we gave Liverpool a real run for their money, but it wasn't enough. I thought it was a strange choice to start with Bissouma and he didn't really have much of an impact, where as Trossard when he came on certainly did when he came on, I'd like to see a lot more of him.

Glad that Potter got an extension as it shows the clubs believe in him and his methods, now he just needs to deliver with a few more points please!
 

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Sorry for the delay again in writing this, I have been very ill for the last two weeks, but am on the mend now.

As for Brighton, it is difficult to know what to say. On the one hand, I am still very pleased with the way we play, the way Potter sets us up and we give a good account of ourselves, but we are in a tough run of games, we lost to Utd, then Leicester and now Liverpool. No shame in that but we need to start picking up points quite soon and with Arsenal and Wolves coming up that could be tough.

The Liverpool game was disappointing for the goals conceded, two really simple set pieces. The assists from Alexander Arnold were brilliant, but I wonder with a Duffy in defence if we might have been a bit better in the air. Dunk was MoM for me, his quick thinking scored the free kick and he was at the centre of everything we did well. Ryan was outstanding as well making a few crucial saves and in the end we gave Liverpool a real run for their money, but it wasn't enough. I thought it was a strange choice to start with Bissouma and he didn't really have much of an impact, where as Trossard when he came on certainly did when he came on, I'd like to see a lot more of him.

Glad that Potter got an extension as it shows the clubs believe in him and his methods, now he just needs to deliver with a few more points please!

Closest Dunk has ever got to a hatrick at Anfield, missed two easier chances than he scored. Luckily, my betting day was saved by my last minute bet at 18/1 to score one. Was VVD meant to be marking him? It seems that Liverpool played well with their 49% possession in the first half. BHA stepped up a gear in the second half but the damage was done, and Robertson refused to cross the half way line and lose the ball, so there was not much chance of a counter attack.
 

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Actually think they could get points at Arsenal.

It was always going to be a tough run - United, Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal. Not worried yet as Brighton have given a fantastic account of themselves in those games.

Considering getting myself across for a game in the new year. I was at the Amex last season for a dull 0-0 against Watford. It was freezing and the atmosphere was poor. Think it would be quite different now.
 

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Actually think they could get points at Arsenal.

It was always going to be a tough run - United, Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal. Not worried yet as Brighton have given a fantastic account of themselves in those games.

Considering getting myself across for a game in the new year. I was at the Amex last season for a dull 0-0 against Watford. It was freezing and the atmosphere was poor. Think it would be quite different now.
Brighton could be in the bottom 3 by Sunday afternoon replacing Southampton who could win and draw easier fixtures. This would be for the first time since the opening weeks two years ago.
 
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Brighton could be in the bottom 3 by Sunday afternoon replacing Southampton who cold win and draw easier fixtures. This would be for the first time since the opening weeks two years ago.
Fingers crossed :D
 

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How's Webster done out of interest?

He was briefly linked to us before you signed him and fans on our forum were creaming themselves over his YT videos (mainly of him accurately passing a ball 5 yards to a team mate). Personally I baulked at the 20m fee as there is much better value out there in europe and we signed a good one in Engels.

He been good?
 

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How's Webster done out of interest?

He was briefly linked to us before you signed him and fans on our forum were creaming themselves over his YT videos (mainly of him accurately passing a ball 5 yards to a team mate). Personally I baulked at the 20m fee as there is much better value out there in europe and we signed a good one in Engels.

He been good?
Adam Webster looks a promising defender (right bank/central) rather than playing particularly well. Not so good in the air. Dunk and Duffy partnership still the best!? Cost of replacing Bruno (retired) which was a major worry.
 

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How's Webster done out of interest?

He was briefly linked to us before you signed him and fans on our forum were creaming themselves over his YT videos (mainly of him accurately passing a ball 5 yards to a team mate). Personally I baulked at the 20m fee as there is much better value out there in europe and we signed a good one in Engels.

He been good?
I really like him. Suits the football that Potter is trying to play to the ground.
As an out and out defender, is he better than Duffy? No. But overall he's done really well and will only get better.
 

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Adam Webster looks a promising defender (right bank/central) rather than playing particularly well. Not so good in the air. Dunk and Duffy partnership still the best!? Cost of replacing Bruno (retired) which was a major worry.
Has Montoya been injured? Thought him and Bernardo who showed flashes under Hughton's more conservative style would really flourish under GP but seems neither have figured that much. Schelotto also made the bench a few weeks ago, thought he left 18 months ago!
 

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Has Montoya been injured? Thought him and Bernardo who showed flashes under Hughton's more conservative style would really flourish under GP but seems neither have figured that much. Schelotto also made the bench a few weeks ago, thought he left 18 months ago!
First choice Martín Montoya is a bit short and lightly built to be a full back. Schelotto is recovering from a serious long term knee injury and can be lax at defending. Webster as central defender has just not got the height and power of Duffy to deal with the likes of Van Djik (who BHA missed out because of FFP limitations). Bernardo is my choice but he is left footed and Dan Burn has got the LB position.

Dunk and Duffy are slow for dealing with very quick forwards, and Schelotto, Montoya, Bernardo are quicker w/o being greyhounds.

PS: Brighton have used 41 players in Premier League and League Cup this season. And there is more (14) than a complete team out on loan who have not played.
 
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Arse have to go all out and attack. Have Torreira in there to protect the back four...especially if Mustafi is playing. Matinelli would probably start over Pepe and that'd be interesting.
 

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Arse have to go all out and attack. Have Torreira in there to protect the back four...especially if Mustafi is playing. Matinelli would probably start over Pepe and that'd be interesting.
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Well deserved win.
 

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Man, I would have Graham Potter right now as Utd manager. You can see a discernible style of play in his teams. Other than LVG, we have not had a guy at the helm who can actually coach players, after SAF.
 

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People in here talked shit about us trying to play but we lack quality, which is utter nonsense. You wanna see how it looks when team trying to play football but they lack quality, go watch his team in EL vs Arsenal.
 

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What a result. We may not have a huge number of points but Potter has worked miracles and we are a transformed team, I loved Hughton but I know whose football I prefer to watch.

This game was just a joy, Arsenal were terrible, but the way we reasserted control after their equaliser was fantastic and Maupay's goal was such a sweet header from a lovely Mooy cross. Connolly was a constant threat, while our defence just felt solid all the way through. We had more possession and more shots on target and thoroughly deserved the win. MoM for me was Mooy closely followed by Ryan.

Has to be said though @Grinner the Arsenal defence without Mustafi looked even worse than it does with him.
 

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There isn't much between Mustafi and Sokratis in the shit-off stakes. Stir in some Luiz and you've got a real crock of shit.
 

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I've just realised that at this point last season Brighton were 10th with 21 points (same Utd have this season) this season we have 3 points less and are in 13th place, but I am much more confident this year than last!