Post-match report for our last game: Man Utd - EFL Cup R4, Wednesday, 30th September 2020

EFL CUP fourth round: Brighton v Manchester United - 30/9/20.


RESULT: 0-3 . (h-t 0-1) . SHAPE: 5-3-1-1

VENUE: the Amex, Falmer. Tie played behind closed doors due to covid pandemic precautions.
BUILD UP: a fourth round tie was distinctly something of a rarity for BHA to contest this century but perhaps more bizarrely, our opponents this evening had won here in the Prem just five days ago.
WEATHER: very wet and windy night.

GRAHAM POTTER was philosophical after VAR instigated very late defeat here in the Prem on Saturday, although he maintained a positive mental attitude to developments. Talking of which, he duly elected to field majority of the starting eleven put out away against Preston at lesser level in the third round.

TEAM . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Steele
. 34 Veltman, 3 White, 5 Dunk, 33 Burn, 30 Bernardo
. . 16 Jahanbakhsh, 49 Molumby, 10 Mac Allister
. . . . . . . . 13 Gross . . . . . . . . . 42 Gyokeres

BENCH: 26 Sanchez, 41 Sanders (81), 11 Trossard (63), 9 Maupay (50).
43 Cochrane, 46 Roberts, 47 Jenks.

GOALS: 0-1 - 43. Conceding a f-k in a dangerous area at the psychological moment prior to the interval cost Seagulls dear as defenders just watched while attackers moved.
0-2 - 73. Hosts are opened up easily like a pull-ring can when travellers play one touch football.
0-3 - 80. Another United f-k that goes thru the wall and finds the net... of course it did.

INCIDENTS: none regarded as causing any difference to the outcome.

YELLOWS: 42 - Burn, not his best defending. 78 - Veltman, turned inside out.

SUBS: 50 - Maupay for injured Jahanbakhsh. 63 - Gyokeres off, Trossard on.
81 - Molumby withdrawn for Sanders.

SYNOPSIS: a very wet surface from word go did not help with gaining possession, ball retention or passing accuracy by locals who slipped, skidded & slid trying to go forward. United appeared more purposeful in the final third and carried more of a threat.
Albion took on a slightly altered formation after twenty minutes when finally attacking, with Bernardo pushed into wide left midfield to make a four. It was all quite pedestrian throughout the first forty-five minutes, where each side played well within themselves.
The second period was anticipated to be livelier, considering make up of the bench. In the event United led immediately prior to warm towels and coffee & sympathy for bedraggled hosts whose gameplan was prematurely floored.
Seagulls switched to fluid 442 after Jahanbakhsh went off early into the second period. So began a half of chasing the tie in order to equalise and possibly enter the lottery of penalties. Visitors upped the ante from among substitutes as a response to locals pressure.
At end of the day the best team won and no complaints from blue & white, only perhaps remaining goalless while on a steep learning curve.

NUMBERS: poss 51%-49%, on target 2-6, off target 10-4, corner 2-2, fouls 12-7, yellows 2-1, subs 3-3.


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