Post-match report for our last game: Man Utd, Sunday, 19th May 2024

PREMIER LEAGUE 23/24: Brighton V Manchester United - 19/5/24 P38


* * * * * LEADERLESS AND AIMLESS * * * * *


RESULT: 0-2 . (h-t 0-0)


VENUE: the Amex, Falmer - nineteenth home match of 38 fixtures to date . Sun 4:00pm.
BEFORE KICKOFF: it was the very last game of the season and that one where all Prem clubs kick off simultaneously but finish at intervals according to various protracted stoppage times.
Brighton fans were hoping for a fairy-tale ending with bells & whistles to boot having witnessed a domestic saga of holding other bad guys off until this final chapter.
WEATHER: sunny . GATE: tba . ATMOSPHERE: like a pricked balloon after opening fireworks.


ROBERTO de ZERBI had pitted wits this term with the best coaches at home and abroad in all senses.
He once again had something to prove... but elsewhere next term as the club announced his departure yesterday.
RdZ found this squad short on numbers from start of the campaign and now still had a much reduced group available.
It was his last team-sheet for Brighton & Hove Albion. His Prem win record over 2 seasons was merely 37.1%

INJURED: 5 Dunk 6 Milner 7 March 22 Mitoma 28 Ferguson 29 van Hecke 30 Estupinan 34 Veltman 41 Hinshelwood
SQUAD: 38 McGill (gk)


STARTING SHAPE: 4-2-3-1

TEAM . . . . . . . . . 23 Steele
. 15 Moder 4 Webster 3 Julio 19 Barco
. 9 Pedro 20 Baleba 13 Gross 24 Adingra
. . . . . 14 Lallana (C). . . 18 Welbeck

SUBS: 10 Enciso (57), 2 Lamptey (81), 11 Gilmour (81), 31 Fati (81)
BENCH: 1 Verbruggen (gk) 40 Buonanotte 42 Offiah 44 Peupion 47 Baker-Boaitey


GOALS:
0-1 - 73 . hosts had Webster off the field following suspected concussion when visitors made most of a counter stroke.
0-2 - 88 . the away outfit double their lead as locals crumble from chasing the game yet again.


YELLOWS: 87 Gilmour

CHANGES: 57 Enciso for Lallana .
81 Lamptey, Gilmour & Fati for Barco, Baleba & Adingra


FIRST HALF: Seagulls racked up many attempts to score but did not.
Travellers were relatively quiet in comparison
SECOND HALF: around the hour mark the game was turned by substitutions.
Motivation appeared lacklustre and had the feel of a non-event while stalemate prevailed.
Albion lost their way, while United went from strength to strength.

IN THE END: another game that was there for taking but only if cancelling the latest fail to score stat.
The season tied up for hapless hosts with another defeat as we dropped out of the top ten.

NUMBERS: poss 55%-45%, on target 3-4, off target 14-7, corners 7-5,
fouls 9-10, yellows 1-3, subs 4-5, shape 4231-4231 . . . . . gd-7 pt48 po11

FS


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