Post-match report for our last game: Burnley, Saturday, 16th December 2017

PREMIER LEAGUE; Brighton v Burnley


VENUE; the Amex, Falmer - 9th home match of 18 fixtures.
RESULT; 0-0 . SHAPE; 4-4-1-1

OVERTURE; Brighton fans assembled at the community stadium to witness a contest against old rivals from pre PL seasons. A victory had been rare during these last couple of months, as halcyon days of autumn gave way to depths of winter.
In fact Albion were winless from the previous six games, pointless in the last three and goalless during four of the most recent five.
GATE; 29,921 . WEATHER; cold, dry & cloudy.

CHRIS HUGHTON reverted to his preferred eleven following a couple of mix & match squad rotations on the road last week.

TEAM; . . . . . . . 1 Ryan
. . 2 Bruno, 22 Duffy, 5 Dunk, 3 Bong
. 11 Knockaert, 6 Stephens, 24 Propper, 20 March
. . . . . . 13 Gross, . . . . . . 17 Murray

BENCH; 26 Krul, 21 Schelotto, 18 Goldson, 7 Kayal, 10 Hemed (63), Brown (75), 19 Izquierdo (83)

GOALS; none. On targets were at a premium, while a mixed bag of off targets constituted bulk of offensive stats.

INCIDENTS; 35 - a chip by Gross was taken wide in the box by Murray who got decked from behind. The soft spot kick was then blasted high over the bar by the aggrieved striker.
61 - Clarets had the ball in the net at the third attempt following two blocks by Ryan. Meanwhile lino stood with flag raised at the initial offside pass.
73 - from visitors forward move the ball was headed in defence and looped back toward Ryan, who was bundled into the net as he spilled the catch. Ref signalled for a foul on the keeper.

YELLOWS; 68 - March entered the book for an innocuous challenge. 77 - Stephens collected a card as he clattered an opponent.
87 - Dunk racked up another illegal infringement in an accumulating defenders numbers game. 90+ Duffy received his fifth booking for a schoolboy error and misses the next fixture.

SUBS; stoic workman Hemed replaced the luckless artisan Murray a little past the hour mark. Student intern Brown took over from efficient German Gross with 15 minutes left of normal time.
Expensive flamboyant Izquierdo got on for tried & tested Knockaert approaching stoppage. Forward motion became less, as these changes did not take effect as anticipated.

ANALYSIS; Ryan was man of the match in a game of two halves, where hosts shaded the first period in attack but went backwards in term of performance thereafter. BHA seems to lack the ability to open opposition up from any variety of situation.
Seagulls are too slow and do not have that aggressive instinct to get into the area. It is like watching chess on a soft surface, where everything is in front of the principal defensive pieces. Tactics follow the conventional method of caution, solid shape, fixed movements and orthodoxy.

1ST FAN; +where is the creativity? Seagulls take the easy option way out wide and do not get in where it can hurt. A runner direct into the box surely sets up more chances to score+

2ND FAN; +our subs came on too late to influence the game when it appeared stalemate would continue, even after early exchanges of the second period+

3RD FAN; +let us take the positives from this frustrating display. Albion remain in mid-table and at the forthcoming halfway stage still have every chance of staying above the drop zone+


. . . Pl . GD . Pt
13 . 18 . -9 . 18 . Brighton
14 . 18 . -13 . 17 . Palace
15 . 18 . -15 . 17 . West Ham
16 . 17 . -5 . 16 . Bournemouth
17 . 18 . -20 . 16 . Stoke
18 . 18 . -11 . 15 . Newcastle
19 . 17 . -10 . 14 . West Brom
20 . 17 . -13 . 12 . Swansea