Post Match report for the Fulham game - Saturday, 18th February 2023

PREMIER LEAGUE 22/23: Brighton V Fulham - 18/2/23 P22


* * * * * HOSTS CONSPIRE TO LOSE AT THE DEATH * * * * *


RESULT: 0-1 . (h-t 0-0)


VENUE: the Amex, Falmer - eleventh home match of 22 fixtures to date . Sat 3:00pm.
BEFORE KICKOFF: Brighton fans were back in the community stadium for merely the third domestic Prem contest this calendar year.
We were hosting opponents from previous Championship days of yore and today would show how far BHA had come to establish at higher level against clubs with regular elite histories this century.
WEATHER: cloudy . GATE: 31,619 . ATMOSPHERE: full of unfulfilled anticipation . REF: attracted ire of locals.

ROBERTO de ZERBI was gradually moving from pragmatism with the squad he inherited, on to implementation of plans in action for developing a younger wider group at elite level.
RdZ went with a regular eleven with plenty of PL apps among them.
INJURED: 6 Colwill 14 Lallana 18 Welbeck 27 Gilmour. REHAB: 15 Moder .
SQUAD: 49 Moran.
STARTING SHAPE: 4-2-3-1

TEAM . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sanchez
. 34 Veltman 4 Webster 5 Dunk 30 Estupinan
. 7 March 13 Gross 25 Caicedo 22 Mitoma
. . . . 10 Mac Allister . . . . . 28 Ferguson

SUBS: 2 Lamptey (), 40 Buonanotte (73), 21 Undav (73)
BENCH: 23 Steele (gk) 19 Sarmiento 20 Enciso 26 Ayari 29 van Hecke 71 Hinshelwood


GOAL: 0-1 - 88 . the away outfit delighted their support when committing a smash & grab robbery of all the points with little time left for raising domestic counter measures.


YELLOWS: none

RED: 90+ DE ZERBI picked up a one match ban after Ref took exception to his criticism of officials.

CHANGES: 62 Lamptey for Estupinan . 73 Buonanotte & Undav for Webster & Ferguson.


FIRST HALF: as the first fifteen minutes were goalless further play up to the interval actually appeared less likely to give hosts a breakthrough.
Chances came and went in front of the determined metropolitan outfit.
SECOND HALF: more application to gain advantage in visitors half came increasingly to nought with stalemate remaining until very late.
Many more viable attempts racked up home stats in everything bar finally scoring a goal.

IN THE END: a single score decided the result - that frustrated locals found hard to take but travellers enjoyed immensely.
NUMBERS: poss 65%-35%, on target 7-2, off target 14-3, corners 10-2,
fouls 12-14, yellows 0-5, subs 3-2, shape 4231-4231 . . . . . gd10 pt35 po7

FS


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