Brighton beats Oxford to progress

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

Not many signings required: Hughton

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

Brighton To Focus On Future Playoff Matches

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

Brighton wins at Birmingham to keep hopes of promotion alive

Brighton, who are chasing a promotion in the Premier League, secure a decisive win at Birmingham to help maintain their hopes alive. This is the eighth game in a row that Brighton has not been beaten

It did not start well for Brighton who found themselves trailing Birmingham 1-0 after Kyle Lafferty opened the scoring.

Brighton was not affected by going down and continued to create chances. In the 29th minute, they drew level thanks to a powerful header from Connor Goldson. The equalizer helps to settle the nerves of the Brighton players, and they took control of the game until half-time.

Three minutes after the restart of play, Brighton took the lead thanks to another header. This time, it was Lewis Dunk who headed the ball in the back of the net to give his team the lead.

Birmingham will not manage to trouble Brighton afterwards and created very little opportunities. In fact, it was Brighton who could have scored another goal, but Wilson missed a glorious opportunity. This mean that Birmingham has only won 2 games in their last 10 games and has severely hindered their chances of making it to the play-offs.

Brighton manager Colin Calderwood believes that his team should perform like this during the remaining games of the season if they want to have a chance to be promoted. He said that their fate is in their own hands and that they will need to work hard to achieve their dream of promotion. Read More

Tiago Llori’s career in Liverpool is over after deciding to join Aston Villa

The career of Tiago Lloris in Anfield is over as he completed a season long loan deal to Aston Villa and even though it’s only for a temporary period of time, it seems highly unlikely that the Portuguese defender would be making a return to Liverpool even after his loan contract with Aston Villa eventually reaches it’s inevitable end.

Tiago Lloris arrived to Anfield in 2013 for a price tag of  £7M and was able to make 3 appearances to the main team as he came into the pitch from the bench.

Aston Villa and Liverpool reached an agreement that would allow Aston Villa of signing Tiago Lloris on a permanent deal depending on how the young defender performs in this season.

After completing the signing of Tiago Lloris, the manager of Aston Villa Tim Sherwood voiced his joy in adding the Portuguese defender into the team as Sherwood said: “I’m very pleased to bring Tiago into the football club. He’s someone I’ve been aware of for some time, and I’m looking forward to working with him. He’s a young guy I believe will enhance our group here.” Read More

Burnley’sStephen Ward is one of Brighton’s summer targets

Brighton & Hove Albion managed to stay alive in the English League Championship as the team of Chris Hughtonfinished the season at the 20th position and barely avoided the bottom relegation spots.

The manager of Brighton, Chris Hughton wants to strengthen his team and one of his priorities is to improve the defensive department which has shown a lot of weaknesses and vulnerabilities. In the past season, Brighton conceded 54 goals in 46 matches but Chris Hughton is hoping that his team will show improvements and one of the ways that the manager is attempting to boost the defensive section of his team is by signing players.

One of the players who have entered the radar of Brighton’s Chris Hughton is Stephen Ward.

Stephen Ward has already performed for Brighton as the Irish defender spent a loan with Brighton back in August of 2013 and he made a total of 47 appearances helping Brighton in reaching the play-offs but was eventually defeated in the semifinals after playing against Derby.

Brighton was on the verge of signing a permanent deal with Stephen Ward in 2013 but just when a transfer was about to be completed, everything was stopped as Ward did indeed make a transfer but his transfer was made to Burnley instead of Brighton. Read More