Post Match report for the Fulham game - Saturday, 1st September 2018

PREMIER LEAGUE; Brighton v Fulham


VENUE; The Amex, Falmer - 2nd home match of four fixtures to date.
RESULT; 2-2 ~ Murray 2, (h-t 0-1) . SHAPE; 4-4-1-1 . REF; any contact was punished.

OVERTURE; Brighton fans returned to the Amex following a disappointing League Cup defeat there in midweek. Summer was back and a feel-good ambience prevailed prior to kickoff on the first day of September.
GATE; 30,326 . WEATHER; warm & sunny.

CHRIS HUGHTON elected to field the usual suspects, including Dunk returning from an ankle injury quickly. Big money signings were left among substitutes.

TEAM; . . . . . . . . 1 Ryan
. . 22 Montoya, 4 Duffy, 5 Dunk, 3 Bong
. 11 Knockaert, 6 Stephens, 24 Propper, 20 March
. . . . . . 13 Gross, . . . . . . 17 Murray

BENCH; 27 Button, 30 Bernardo, 14 Balogun, 7 Kayal, 8 Bissouma, 16 Jahanbakhsh, 9 Locadia.

GOALS; 43 - 0-1. With the interval on many minds visitors kept offensive minded and passed around a static defence to slot past stranded Ryan.
62 - 0-2. A mistake by Dunk allowed the striker a pop which Ryan parried straight back and so he made no mistake as Duffy slid on his butt near the line.
67 - 1-2. Errors in travellers midfield giving the ball away presented locals with numbers forward and MURRAY found space when set up by Knockaert.
84 - 2-2. Lino flagged vigorously and Ref blew for a spot kick. Apparently there was clear handball in the outer area. MURRAY stepped up and hammered it in.

INCIDENTS; 25 - Murray span in corner of the area, went over and Ref pointed to the twelve yard mark. Gross sent the ball goal-wards, from an awkward run up, kept low but the keeper guessed correctly.

YELLOWS; 45 - Stephens pulled his man back at a possible counter. 52 - Propper came from behind illegally.
59 - Murray became competitive too passionately.

SUBS; 60 - Gross came off as if feeling something and was replaced by Bissouma.
74 - a tactical double swap saw Propper & Knockaert withdrawn for Locadia & Jahanabkhsh. Albion formatted as 442 with Bissouma dropping to central midfield. Hosts pushed up and it as pedal to the metal.

ANALYSIS; the phrase, chasing the game, seems slightly out of order but in truth Albion were left with approx half an hour of play to peg back a two goal deficit. If a series of first half moves, set pieces, crosses, centres and chances had been converted at the sharp end then the crucial first goal would have been registered to hosts.
In the event a second spot kick awarded out of the blue was positive enough for restoring parity. Seagulls would take that and the ensuing point as measure of reaching standards, if merely through huffing, puffing and profligate sweat.
Man of the match - Murray.

1ST FAN; +nobody could see that one coming. The home crowd was on side throughout and a proverbial twelfth man to boot+

2ND FAN; +Murray may be celebrating 35 years young this month but he has longevity to add to knowing where, when and how to be at any instant+

3RD FAN; +scoring is not simple at any level and we experienced both good & bad fortunes at both ends, which kinda cancelled one another out over ninety minutes or more+