Brighton and Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town – Match Review

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Red for Propper! Source: Twitter.com/OfficialBHAFC

With around eight teams in contention of relegation, any point in the Premier League is a good point. Especially at the business end of the season. The AMEX hosted Brighton v Huddersfield in a potential ‘do or die’ game for both sides. With their previous meeting resulting in a 2-0 win for Huddersfield back in December, the Seagulls were hungry for revenge but also for three points to lift them away from any danger of relegation. Huddersfield on the other hand were desperate for points being only three clear of the relegation zone at the time.

Usually big games take a while to get its rhythm, however, this was far from the case at the AMEX. With only 25 seconds on the clock, Dutch playmaker Davy Propper made a rare run through the middle of Huddersfield’s central defenders which was spotted by Ezequiel Schelotto as he played a ball over the top. However, Propper came agonisingly close to giving the Seagulls the lead.
On loan from AS Monaco, Huddersfield left back Terence Kongolo found Steve Mounie in a superb volley which forced Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan into a powerful punch away from goal.
Former Albion record signing, Jose Izquierdo, linked up with veteran Glenn Murray in another potential goal scoring opportunity for the south coast club, however quick thinking from Jonas Lössl prevented this as he rushed out and stopped Izquierdo from getting a clean attempt at goal.

29 minutes into the game, Pascal Groß found 23 year old winger Solly March as he cut inside from the right wing and expertly placed his shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. However, this was pushed onto the post by the Huddersfield goalkeeper for it to unfortunately deflect off the 29 year old’s head. 1-0 to the Seagulls.

Celebrations as Brighton went 1-0 up. Source: Twitter.com/OfficialBHAFC

A mere three minutes later, Huddersfield equalised as Irish centre back Shane Duffy attempted a back pass to Matt Ryan, however, it ended up going in between Ryan and Steve Mounie who came out on top and ended up rounding the Australian and showing good composure to fire home for the Yorkshire side. Game on.

Huddersfield quickly reply through Shane Duffy’s error. Source: Twitter.com/HTAFCdotcom

A free kick put into the box by Solly March found the free head of Lewis Dunk, however, the highly rated centre-half’s header fell wide of the goal. Unfortunately, the absence of a teammate at the near post meant the chance was wasted.

74 minutes in and a 50/50 challenge was put in by Jonathan Hogg and Davy Propper, however, Propper arrived slightly late into the challenge and subsequently received a red card giving Huddersfield an advantage heading into the last 15 minutes of the game.

Davy Propper was shown a red card in the 74th minute to put Brighton down to 10 men. Source: Twitter.com/OfficialBHAFC

On loan striker and substitute Leonardo Ulloa superbly found Jose Izquierdo as he ran through on goal and found himself in a one on one with Jonas Lössl, however, the Colombian winger’s heavy touch as he attempted to round the goalkeeper meant that Lössl managed to block the attempt and the Terriers almost recovered. Izquierdo didn’t give up and he managed to play the ball back to Solly March as he drove inside Town’s penalty area and played it back to Ezequiel Schelotto who, uncharacteristically, forced Lössl into tipping the ball over the bar.

The subsequent corner found Shane Duffy who, previously gifting Huddersfield their first goal, forced a goal line clearance from Aaron Mooy as the ball was bouncing around the penalty area from the header.

The match eventually ended 1-1 after sustained Huddersfield pressure at the latter part of the game due to their numerical advantage and a plethora of corners in added time. Despite this, the Albion had the better chances throughout the 90 minutes with three clear chances which should have resulted in three goals. Although the game was played mainly in the midfield with both sides playing with three midfielders which Huddersfield’s free flowing trio came on top in. On the contrary, Brighton’s defence performed better in terms of stopping chances even with Shane Duffy’s error.

My personal man of the match would be Alex Pritchard, the English attacking midfielder again thrived off the hostility from the Albion crowd (understandably so as in August 2017 he was on his way to Brighton however a last minute decision meant he rejected the seagulls and joined Norwich in an eight million pound deal from Tottenham) he dictated the game through his clever movement and ability to get around the pitch quickly. Furthermore, he allowed Jonathan Hogg and Aaron Mooy to get into the game in terms of going forward. However in a game of relatively low quality, it didn’t take much to stand out.

 


This article was wrote by Owen, a writer who we had from our very early days. He has since left, however, has published this one-off guest piece. We appreciate Owen’s hard work to contribute to the site on such short notice.

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