Brighton manager Chris Hughton has admitted that Leeds were the better team in front of goal on Saturday when they clashed.
Bighton lost 2-0, losing the chance to move past Newcastle United at the top of the Championship log.
Chris Wood grabbed a brace – making 27 goals this term – to ensure Leeds remain in the race to earn automatic qualification at the end of the season.
Hughton says that Wood’s clinical finishes, out of three shots on target for the whole team, was the difference.
“We knew the game would open up in that second half. I thought we were better second half than in the first but they had three shots on targets and so did we. It’s just they picked their moments,” he said.
He said ahead of the game, the team knew the capability of Wood in the box. He added that they had their chance through Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert but they just did not go in. Read More
Jack Harper, former Real Madrid starlet, who had been with the Under-23 side of Brighton, has put pen to paper, thus signing a deal with La Liga side, Malaga.
The deal, which is to last for a period of two years, has seen the young man leave Championship leaders, Brighton.
Harper came to limelight, and lit up the social media after sending home a stunning solo strike during the pre-season. He was a regular for the Under 23 side of the Seagulls but hopes to break it through to first team football in no distant time.
The 20-year old who was born in Malaga to Scottish parents was reluctantly allowed to go by Brighton as Malaga beat off a number of rival Spanish suitors to get him sign a deal with them.
Speaking about Harper, Simon Rusk, the coach of Brighton’s Under 23s had said,
“Jack’s been a pleasure to work with, but despite his best efforts, he has struggled to break through into an extremely competitive first-team group.” Read More
Glenn Murray scored a hat trick this weekend as Brighton & Hove thrash Norwich City.
The Bournemouth player who is on loan to Brighton was satisfied with his effort. The big victory over the Alex Neil-led men is a big boost to the club. The veteran player spoke to the club’s official website saying:
“For the first goal, I felt he let the ball run away from him a bit, so I managed to get my body in there and hit the target. I think the second goal that was my favourite of the afternoon.
“It was a great flowing move forward and luckily I was in the right place in the box o finish it off. It’s funny actually because I’ve been talking to Jiri Skalak all week and he likes to cut in on his right foot, but he crossed that in with his left and it was perfect,” Murray said.
The overjoyed experienced player admitted that Norwich were not having a good day.
“We know that they’re much better than what they showed, but we capitalized on their errors and luckily it was a comfortable afternoon,” he added. Read More
Brighton showed the gulf in class by beating Oxford 4-2 to progress to the next round of the League Cup.
The score could have been more severe if Brighton strikers were not so unlucky in front of goals.
They started the match well and opened the scoring just after 68 seconds. The goal came from debutant Sam Adekugbe who scored with a powerful shot. Brighton had more chances to extend their lead, but they will fail to do so either because of poor decision making or because the opposing goalkeeper made a save.
Indeed, if it was not for the Oxford goalkeeper, Brighton could have already won the match in the first half. Unfortunately for them, they could not extend the lead, and they allowed Oxford to come back into the game. They will manage to equalize in the 29th minute through Wes Thomas and to get back into the game.
Brighton will gain take control of the game and get a host of occasions through Manu, but he will be denied at each time by the goalkeeper. Brighton will manage to take the lead thanks again to a goal from LuaLua.
A few minutes later it will be the turn of Manu to extend the lead after good work from Danny Holla. This will free Brighton and they will begin to play with more confidence and will add a fourth goal through Baldock. Read More
Chris Hughton reckons a lot of the matters related to the buy and sale of the players are finalized pretty late in the transfer month and thus, sometimes, it gets impossible to have all the incomers playing right away.
However, Hughton believes there are not too many signings to be made in the pre summer transfer window of 2016-17 for Brighton as the shape of the squad is fine already. So, it would not be a problem even if the new signings are not available in the starting couple of weeks.
In Hughton’s words, “You would obviously like to see the new recruits getting into the squad much before the season starts so that they gel with the rest of the boys. But, most of the signing negotiations, as we have seen in the past, don’t conclude that early.”
“Our current position though is such that there is no need of plenty of signings. Yes, we can do with three or four back up additions, but, comparing it to how many signings we were looking for at the same time previous season; it’s a much lower number.” Read More
The Brighton soccer team was busy in putting up a formidable defense for the last game that happened.
Middlesbrough has claimed a place back in the Premier League after they created a one on one draw in their recent game. They had a promotions match where Burnley were able to seal the title. Middlesbrough had a draw with Brighton team, which played with a group of ten players.
Burnley was able to seal the title when they obtained a victory over Charlton Athletic, having a score of 3-0 for the match. Middlesbrough on the other hand, needed to win by a single point. However, Brighton made it difficult for them. In Brighton it was a matter of three points which would have helped them secure a position in the top flights. The game is considered to be worth about 170 million in pounds for a side that emerges victorious. The home side was strong with a full audience at the Riverside stadium. Christian Stuani scored a goal in the nineteenth minute. This was answered by Dale Stephens when he delivered a header in the second half. Stephens, however, could not keep up the good act. He was shown a red card after three minutes. Gaston Ramirez was then off on a stretcher with a leg injury. The draw that has occurred has left both teams with a total of 89 points. Read More