“It was as complete a performance as we have put in all season. We are not a team who scores a lot of goals so to get four was very pleasing.” -Chris Hughton
The Albion proved doubters wrong with an emphatic 4-0 away win at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate. Brighton proved that they can still beat teams when playing badly which is seen in the remarkable statistic that they only completed 65.8% of their passes.
Bristol City applied some decent early pressure on the Brighton defence however it was the Seagulls who took an early lead when Tomer Hemed slotted through a wonderful back-heel pass into the path of Jamie Murphy who ran into the box and calmly placed the ball passed the onrushing O’Donnell.
Things got even more exciting when former Bristol City talisman, Sam Baldock picked up another beautiful Hemed backheel, ran across the 18-yard box and drove the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. 2-0 Brighton.
The game evened out for the remainder of the first half, however Bristol showed a constant threat which meant Stockdale had to keep on his toes to make a handful of solid saves.
After the break, it took just eleven minutes for Brighton to get their third of the evening. Tomer Hemed latching onto a wonderful Kayal through ball and slotting into the bottom corner. A thoroughly deserved goal for the striker who had already grabbed himself two assists.
Bristol applied constant pressure, however the majority of their attempts were outside the box. No doubt down to the solid defensive work of Dunk, Goldson, Calderon, and Rosenior.
A looping free kick from Kayal was met by midfield partner, Dale Stephens who got his head to it, however unfortunately for Bristol a deflection sent the ball past the helpless O’Donnell. 4-0 Brighton.
Bristol had a chance to take away Stockdale’s deserved clean sheet with a penalty. Kieran Agard blazed the ball onto the crossbar to keep the score at 4-0.
BHAFC Supporters Man of the Match:
Tomer Hemed for playing a pivotal role in the victory. 2 assists and a deserved goal. Well done Tomer!
A very solid defensive display denied Bristol from getting into the Albion box very often. Furthermore Brighton were very clinical with three smart goals from Murphy, Hemed, and Baldock. A great team effort and performance to beat a team who don’t deserve to be 21st.
Most importantly, Brighton showed they can beat teams even when not playing at their best. It is also very nice to see a wider range of players start to hit form. Hemed and Murphy have really stepped up of late and continued brilliant midfield performances from Knockaert, Kayal, and Stephens mean we have a really solid backbone.
Chris Hughton’s men now have a 6 day break to rest and prepare for a tough but winnable home fixture vs Leeds on the 29th February.