Post Match report for the Norwich game - Saturday, 2nd April 2022

PREMIER LEAGUE 21/22: Brighton V Norwich - 2/4/22 P30.


* * * * * ALBION GOALLESS AGAIN * * * * *


RESULT: 0-0 . . . SHAPE: 3412


VENUE: the Amex, Falmer - sixteenth home match of thirty fixtures to date . Sat 3:00pm.
PRE-MATCH: World Cup qualifiers & finals draw preceded a return to Prem action in April and the run in ahead.
Brighton fans of all nations were hoping for the ball to break for us and to kick on by the time Qatar, Xmas prep & another Prem interlude arrives during November.
WEATHER: sunny intervals . . . GATE: 31,245 . . . ATMOSPHERE: phlegmatic if not philosophical.

GRAHAM POTTTER defended his position as a man flexible enough to change things as suited the situation.
He did not want to be known as stubborn, dogmatic, narrow minded or at worst a serial loser.
GP fielded an attacking eleven with two strikers supported by a man in the hole and wingbacks.
INJURED: 4 Webster . SQUAD: 25 Caicedo, 28 Roberts, 42 Leonard, 58 Ferguson.

TEAM . . . . . . . . 1 Sanchez
. . . . 34 Veltman, 5 Dunk, 3 Cucurella
. 2 Lamptey, 13 Gross, 10 Mac Allister, 20 March
. . 9 Maupay . . . 11 Trossard . . . 18 Welbeck

SUBS: 12 Mwepu (79), 15 Moder (83), 60 Sarmiento (88).
BENCH: 23 Steele, 24 Duffy, 8 Bissouma, 14 Lallana, 17 Alzate, 57 Offiah.


GOALS: none.


NOTED: Maupay skies a first half spot kick. Plenty of locals possession, constructive build up and forward motion.

YELLOWS: 68 Lamptey.

CHANGES: 79 Mwepu for Maupay . 83 Moder for March . 88 Sarmiento for Moder.


FIRST HALF: it was basically one way traffic but the delaying road block was a pinch point in front of oppositions goal.
SECOND HALF: huff & puff ensued and goal-scoring opportunities occurred at each end but in dramatic disproportion.
There was no lack of endeavour, defensively by visitors and offensively from hosts.
However, teams that operate effectively score goals from intensive effort expended and execute a will to win whatever opponents abilities or tactics.
The clean sheet was reciprocal reward against a similar low scoring side.
Both outfits hardly did justice to Prem standards.
Each squad appeared lightweight and playing to what particular strengths were apparent produced a lop-sided stalemate.


NUMBERS: poss 63%-37%, on target 4-0, off target 27-6, corners 11-2,
fouls 12-11, yellows 1-1, subs 3-3, shape 3421-433 . . . . . . gd-10 pt34 po13.

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