Brighton and Hove Albion 1 – 0 Huddersfield Town: 5 Key Moments

A massively important clash at the bottom of the table ended with Brighton and Hove Albion claiming all three points over a Huddersfield side which looks almost certain to be playing Championship football next season. Florin Andone’s late headed goal was the difference between the two sides and sent the Seagulls up to 15th in the table and five points clear of the relegation zone.

 

Jahanbakhsh rattles the bar

Iranian winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh very nearly justified his return to the starting line-up when, on the stroke of half-time, his audacious long-range effort came inches away from handing the Seagulls the lead. He cut inside onto his favoured right-foot and Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl could only watch as the ball crashed into his bar. With Brighton searching for their first league win in 2019, had that effort from Jahanbakhsh gone in with just five minutes left in the first-half, it would have been a massive confidence booster for Chris Hughton’s men and deflated a Huddersfield side which were clearly buoyed by their 1-0 win over Wolves on Tuesday. Having recently returned from the Asia cup, Jahanbakhsh was arguably the Seagulls’ most dangerous player.

 

Hogg’s injury woe

A casualty before the end of the first-half, Huddersfield’s midfield stalwart Jonathan Hogg was forced off with a leg injury. Hogg’s replacement was Aaron Mooy, a man who would have been expected to start anyway given his undoubted talent with the ball at his feet, but the Australian was unable to unlock the typically resolute Brighton defence.

 

Rare off-day for Murray

Chasing his 100th league goal for Brighton, Glenn Murray was unable to banish the memories of his miss against Leicester in the fixture against Huddersfield. Withdrawn in the 55th minute for Florin Andone, Murray will undoubtedly be disappointed with his display having been unable to show the same level of performance which has seen him net the third most goals by an Englishman this season. A key player for Chris Hughton’s side, Murray will be desperate to bounce back against Crystal Palace and play a key role in Brighton’s fight for survival.

 

Andone’s impact off the bench

The substitution proved to be an excellent move from Hughton whose Brighton side took the lead thanks to an Andone header in the 79th minute after really upping the tempo in the second half. An excellent whipped cross from Knockaert was powered home by the Romanian forward who notched his third goal this season and one which may be incredibly important in the context of Brighton’s season.

 

Excellent defensive display

Even though Huddersfield are comfortably the lowest scoring side in the Premier League this season with a meagre 15 goals, Brighton’s back four showed why they are one of the most well-organised in the league. The well-established pairing of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy put in a typically strong performance and full-back Bernardo continued to show his quality down the left side. Going into the last set of fixtures, Brighton will need to continue to put in strong defensive performances.

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