Post Match report for the West Brom game - Monday, 26th October 2020

PREMIER LEAGUE 20/21: Brighton v West Bromwich - 26/10/20, P6.


RESULT: 1-1 ~ og . (h-t 1-0) . SHAPE: 5-3-2

VENUE: the Amex, Falmer - third home match of six fixtures to date. Contest played behind closed doors under ongoing pandemic restrictions.
BUILD UP: despite recent supportive comments from tv watchers & pundits alike about performances this campaign thus far, hosts tally of points did not amount to a hill of beans. But hope springs eternal for stay at home fans.
WEATHER: cool and quiet evening.

GRAHAM POTTER took time to name a capt in lieu of suspended Dunk before choosing Webster. Veltman replaced our old-boy no.5 in centre of the back three. Otherwise the starting eleven was as at Selhurst Park last week.
October deadline signing Welbeck appeared among regular substitutes.

TEAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Ryan
. 2 Lamptey, 4 Webster, 34 Veltman, 33 Burn, 20 March
. . . . . . . . 8 Bissouma, 3 White, 14 Lallana
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Maupay, 11 Trossard

BENCH: 23 Steele, 30 Bernardo, 17 Alzate (79), 10 Mac Allister (70), 13 Gross (61), 7 Connolly, 18 Welbeck.

GOALS: 1-0 - 40. Lamptey & Lallana had attempts to score but an unlikely defender completed this despairing task.
1-1 - 83. Errors at the back allow Brom an equaliser following continued pressure.

INCIDENTS: 15 - Maupay nets but flagged o/s. 75 - Brom hit an upright.

YELLOWS: 40 - Lamptey, foul. 79 - Webster, foul.

SUBS: 61 - Gross for Lallana. 70 - Mac Allister for March. 79 - Alzate for Trossard.

SYNOPSIS: following a bright start by visitors on a previously rain-soaked surface, locals began to find their feet. Chances came and went from Seagulls superior possession, pressure during build up and assorted set pieces. Echoes from vocal match-day support teams left impressions of a game in need of goals to cause excitement above mundane levels. At the interval an own goal was the actual difference that counted.
In the second period that turgid Monday feeling continued unabated past the hour mark. Potter then introduced Gross as playmaker on a testing pitch.
Travellers soon made a double swap in response and upped the ante. BHA switched to 442 when Mac Allister arrived to bolster midfield, White dropping to rearguard in the reshuffle.
Albion were weathering a Brom rally and threw on Alzate for the final quarter.
At end of the day hosts did not score, merely maintaining status quo against limited opposition. Any perceived home advantage disappeared quickly as Potter became reactive to visitors second forty-five minute rally.
MoM: Lallana, class act for an hour.

NUMBERS: poss 50%-50%, on target 3-3, off target 2-6, corners 6-2, fouls 14-7, yellows 2-0, subs 3-3.


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