After the amazing result on Tuesday night, there was every chance that today’s game would be a hangover.
But in many ways, Brighton is a great team to play in these circumstances – they keep the ball on the floor, and whilst solid in defence, would allow us a bit of space to play. In fact, in many ways, Brighton were one of the best sides I’ve seen at the City Ground this season – a controlled possession game with a solid defence – only spoilt by their cynical fouls.
And the first 20 minutes of the game was pretty much all Brighton possession, with us barely getting a sniff. As the half went on, we got more and more into the game – once more down to the drive and determination of Adlene Guedioura. But chances were hard to find – long range efforts off-target from Gueds and Radi being the main plus points.
The second half saw us take the game to them even more so – making more chances, hitting the post several times and going very close. But, of course, one mistake by Joel Lynch saw us concede a free-kick, Vokes sneaks in behind and puts the ball past Camp. Luckily for us, we don’t give up as easily as we used to, and we continued to push forward. Tudgay replaced Majewski, Miller replaced the injured McCleary and then Joel Lynch bundled the ball into the Brighton goal in the 94th minute.
Lots of positives to take from this game. You could argue that we should have had three points – certainly chances made it looked that way. But Brighton were solid and a decent, if dirty, side. The best thing was that we never gave up. The next best was our style of play (in no small part helped by Albion’s own style) – with Radi in the side there was no point playing it high, so everyone, from Camp forwards, played the ball on the floor in short passes. And with the entire team playing well (especially Reid, Guedioura and Lynch), we looked like a side a million miles from relegation – unlike a few weeks ago.
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