Post Match report for the Luton game - Tuesday, 30th January 2024

PREMIER LEAGUE 23/24: Luton V Brighton - 30/1/24 P22


* * * * * POOR START IN FAIL TO SCORE PATHETIC DEFEAT * * * * *


RESULT: 4-0 . (h-t 3-0)


VENUE: Kennilworth Road, Luton - eleventh away match of 22 fixtures to date . Tue 7:45pm.
BEFORE KICKOFF: it had been quite a while since Brighton fans were last here and mixed emotions got recalled from bread & butter days of yore when swallowed up in lower leagues.
Like Albion from last century Hatters had been up & down all those divisions but latterly have also risen right thru to PL status.
WEATHER: cool . GATE: 10,994 . KIT: blue & white . ATMOSPHERE: night of despair on away terrace.

ROBERTO de ZERBI did not dwell on weekend FA Cup reviews but looked at what was in front of him in the moment.
RdZ considered all aspects prior to formulating a team-sheet fit & proper for this Prem occasion.

INJURED: 7 March 10 Enciso 31 Fati 34 Veltman
SQUAD: 8 Dahoud 22 Mitoma 24 Adingra 38 McGill (gk) 43 Samuels
STARTING SHAPE: 4-4-2


TEAM . . . . . . . . . 23 Steele
. . . 6 Milner 29 van Hecke 5 Dunk 3 Julio
. 40 Buonanotte 11 Gilmour 13 Gross 30 Estupinan
. . . . . 18 Welbeck . . . . . 9 Pedro

SUBS: 41 Hinshelwood (20), 2 Lamptey (45), 28 Ferguson (45), 20 Baleba (61), 15 Moder (71)
BENCH: 1 Verbruggen (gk) 4 Webster 14 Lallana 47 Baker-Boaitey


GOALS:
1-0 - 1 . visitors concede in the very first minute when blue & white cannot get a touch on the ball.
2-0 - 3 . visitors concede a second in catastrophic fashion to gift an early two goal lead to hosts.
3-0 - 42 . visitors concede a third and the game is well and truly up before the interval.
4-0 - 56 . visitors concede a fourth.


YELLOWS: 13 Julio, 73 Baleba

CHANGES: 20 Hinshelwood for Milner . 45 Lamptey & Ferguson for Estupinan & Buonanotte
61 Baleba for Gilmour . 71 Moder for Pedro


FIRST HALF: two down inside the first five minutes put travellers at distinct disadvantage.
Letting in a third goal just prior to half time caused acute embarrassment to the toiling sloppy away outfit.
SECOND HALF: visitors made two tactical changes on turnaround.
Another home goal before the hour mark and damage limitation was required.

IN THE END: a confidence bruising loss where will to win got the points against pretty but essentially futile football.

NUMBERS: poss 41%-59%, on target 8-2, off target 10-7, corners 7-4,
fouls 13-14, yellows 2-2, subs 5-5, shape 3421-433 . . . . . gd1 pt32 po8

FS


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