Post-match report for our last game: Leeds, Saturday, 16th January 2021

PREMIER LEAGUE 20/21: Leeds United v Brighton - 16/1/21, P19.


ALBION STILL ON THE BRINK

RESULT: 0-1 ~ Maupay . (h-t 0-1) . SHAPE: 4-4-2 with variations . KIT: all blue.


VENUE: Elland Road, Leeds - tenth away match of nineteen fixtures to date . Saturday 3pm.
Game played under national lockdown 3 covid restrictions at tier 5 with no fans allowed.
PRE-MATCH: Brighton fans had not been to this old northern stadium for a few years and were also missing today for reasons stated above.
Whether being remotely linked via television, aurally, virtually or otherwise in spirit, this contest now meant much more to devoted support than mere competitive re-acquaintance with historic foes.
WEATHER: cold winter afternoon . PITCH: heavy and cut up.

GRAHAM POTTER was given the brief to take BHA forward. Part of this concept is a pre-season assumption that points would accumulate to surpass numbers of matches played, after any given quarter, to better a minimum average of 1.00pt/gm.
At kickoff this fundamental index had not been achieved and would remain well below one at completion of the halfway stage.

TEAM . . . . . . . . . 26 Sanchez
. 34 Veltman, 4 Webster, 5 Dunk, 33 Burn
. 3 White, 13 Gross, 10 Mac Allister, 20 March
. . . . . 9 Maupay . . . . . 11 Trossard

BENCH: 31 Walton, 17 Alzate, 47 Jenks, 41 Sanders, 29 Zeqiri, 67 Khadra,
8 Bissouma (62), 22 Tau (73), 24 Propper (81).


GOALS: 0-1 - 17 . Mac Allister is influential and Trossard assisting for MAUPAY to open scoring simply.


INCIDENTS: 10 - Maupay dives . 23 - Trossard clip deflects off the bar . 45 - Trossard injured .
61 - Trossard pokes wide . 89 - Veltman injured.

YELLOWS: 71 - Webster .

SUBS: 62 - Bissouma for Mac Allister . 73 - Tau for Trossard . 81 - Propper for Maupay.


SYNOPSIS: netting that crucial first goal handed visitors advantage and desire, if not pragmatism, to keep a clean sheet.
At the interval Seagulls were in ascendancy, having spread wings with a fluid display from liftoff.
Expected response from locals was positive and threatened travellers previous control.
Potter put on Bissouma past the hour mark and the side reshaped for defending and dug in. And so it went on while the clock worked towards ninety plus minutes.
Albion were hanging on at the death.
MoM: Dunk.


NUMBERS: poss 66%-34%, on target 2-2, off target 5-5, corners 5-2,
fouls 8-9, yellows 1-1, subs 3-3, shape 4141-442.

REVIEW: yet another Brighton team, predictably tinkered with by Potter, got a result on the road to prevent calamity approaching reciprocal fixtures ahead.
Second half of this campaign is going to be huge in terms of gaining other positive results.

FS


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