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

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

Chris Hughton says that he does not expect an easy match against Blackburn Rovers

Brighton manager Chris Hughton says that he does not expect an easy match against Blackburn Rovers despite the former Premier League outfit being distracted by their commitments in the FA Cup. Blackburn managed to a goalless draw against Liverpool in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

This retains the hope of reaching Wembley this season. The replay will be at Ewood Park and Blackburn are likely to put all their efforts into winning this tie. This is unlikely to result in an easy match forBrighton this week according to Hughton, who has seen his team get only one win in the last five matches.

This poor run of form has all but ended any hopes of reaching the play-offs. Even a victory against Blackburn is unlikely to lift the hopes given that they are already almost 20 points behind the play-off places. It is about pride and prestige from now till the end of the season, as Brighton will also not be distracted by the relegation spots. Hughton also says that Blackburn will also be looking to finish as high as possible even though they do not have any promotion hopes for this season. Hughton came as the replacement for Sami Hyypia at the start of 2014 and he has been able to avoid relegation. Read More

Paul Barber on Financial Outcome notifications

In the first week of December, clubs had to notify the Football League about their financial outcome and results for the 2013-14 season and Bright & Hove Albion has revealed to the football governing authority their compliance to all of the rules and this will allow the Championship League club on not having to face any kind of sanctions or transfer embargoes when the transfer window re-opens in a few weeks’ time in January.

Paul Barber is the Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove Albion and he was one of the first staff members of the club to officially announce to the public that the club has complied with all of regulations of the Financial Fair Play system.

“While this won’t come as a big surprise to our supporters, we are pleased to confirm that we have complied with the League’s current FFP regulations.This means that the club will not face the sanction of a transfer embargo in January 2015.” Paul Barber told the media.

Clubs that aren’t able to properly follow the guidelines and regulations of the Financial Fair Play structure and exceed losses of £13 million will have to deal with a string of consequences that includes fines, sanctions and transfer embargoes.

The supporters of Brighton & Hove Albion are happy to hear this news and will also be anxious to find out which clubs in the Championship club weren’t able to comply with the restrictions as this will give the team of Sami Hyypia an advantage during the January transfer window which is only a few weeks away from opening as this allows Bright & Hove Albion and the other clubs that did manage to stay in the desired financial range to have a bit more of freedom when the time comes to sell or buy players.