They’ve showed it in abundance all season but you are going to have to show some character and how badly you don’t want to lose this game. – Chris Hughton
I had football deja vu of Cardiff’s opener this season. Charlton made a break on the counter as Demola Lookman made a speedy run to recieve Reza Ghoochannejhad’s pass (try saying that after a few drinks!) and then calmly slotted the ball into the roof of the net. 1-0 Charlton.
Brighton’s quarrels were then worsened after a virtually identical counter attack led to Johann Berg Gudmundsson driving a low cross through the Albion defence for the unmarked Ghoochannejhad who drilled the ball over a helpless Stockdale to make it 2-0.
Charlton could have made it 3-0 when Ricardo Vaz Te’s cross was met by Iran international Ghoochannejhad. Thankfully Albion saviour David Stockdale clawed it off the line, keeping Brighton in the game.
A Dunk mistake led to Gudmundsson being through in what looked to be a certain goal but once again shotstopper Stockdale used his body effectively to stop any ball getting past him.
At half time Stockdale recieved a standing ovation from Albion fans for his terrific performance in at least keeping Brighton’s hopes alive.
Just 5 minutes after the break James Wilson scored a sensational solo goal, leaving three Charlton players in the dust after winding around them to then slot the ball in-between Henderson’s legs. Talk about a composed finish! What a brilliant way to get off the mark! Here is the highlights… Wilson’s goal is at 1:36.
Solly March came very close with a 25 yard thunderbolt which was denied by Henderson who tipped it onto the woodwork. Personally I think March is our most improved player this season. His ability to beat players has drastically improved.
Charlton’s defender was sent off after wiping out good old Bobby who was destined to score an equaliser. However this chance didn’t matter as Zamora slotted home in the 84th minute and once again was in the right place at the right time… talk about a natural poacher!
Every person was going mental… the Brighton fans, the players, the Charlton fans… maybe not the latter.
Just 2 minutes later Hemed’s powerful header was saved by Henderson, I personally thought the ball was going out but it looped up and over the helpless goalkeeper and over the line to cap off the windy afternoon with a tough but deserved victory. Everyone loves a comeback! Also I can’t tell you how happy and relieved I was for Tomer to score. Lets hope that his sixth of the season will one of many more to come.
Albion showed brilliant character and fight to overcome the 2 goal deficit made by Charlton. Stockdale showed why he is the best goalie in the league with a handful of great saves to give Brighton a fighting chance. Wilson showed he is the real deal with a beautiful solo goal. Zamora used his poacher presence that only a Premier League striker can have. And Hemed relieved the pressure off of him with the decisive winner to grab the Albion the 3 points ahead of a tough month.
Personally my Man of the Match is David Stockdale. A handful of super saves denied Charlton a greater lead and helped give Brighton the spirit to fight back. Well done Stocko!
-George (Twitter: @George_Carden)