BHAFC vs QPR – Seagulls soar as QPR are swept aside

Despite the ‘cheesiness’ of the title. The statement is very true. Thirteen goals in four games have secured four straight victories. The Seagulls are well and truly soaring.

The scoreline could seem a bit harsh on Queens Park Rangers. A few decent chances to take the lead kept the Albion faithful biting their nails. Conor Washington failed to hit the target from inside the box in what was arguably QPR’s biggest chance of the match. The 2.5 million man, signed from Peterborough in January, could have got his first league goal for the Hoops. However it wasn’t to be.

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Matt Phillips capitalised on a silly Bruno mistake, driving forward and testing David Stockdale with a low shot. Thankfully, a strong glove parried the ball away for Dunk to clear.

As many disappointed Brighton fans descended down the stairs in what was an extremely dull first half for the Albion. One man stepped up. The ever reliable Knockaert curled a freekick top corner from just outside the box. I managed to capture the goal on my phone. Click here to watch it. Don’t forget to carry on reading this article though!

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Whatever Chris Hughton said to the players must have worked. In similar fashion to the 5-0 romping against Fulham. The Albion looked free-flowing, entertaining, and most importantly, dangerous. It took just six minutes for Brighton to get a second of the evening. Jiří Skalák, the man from Mladá, picked up the ball from ex-Brighton youngster Grant Hall, and on the half volley, smashed the ball into the top corner from what must be 30 yards out. What a way to score your first goal in English football! In my opinion it has to be goal of the season. Skalák has now got six assists and one goal in the space of six starts.

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Photo credit: gettyimages – Mike Hewitt

After this it was a case of how many goals we would score before the final whistle. The answer would be two. A Goldson looping header made it 3-0. Knockaert put the icing on the cake with a placed shot into the bottom corner. Capping off a fine performance from the Frenchman.


Man of the Match:

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Anthony Knockaert. A faultless performance helped ensure a Brighton victory. Two goals and one assist made it 5 goals and 5 assists in 15 games for the winger. A shrewd piece of business by the recruitment team.


Verdict:

Middlesbrough and Burnley must be looking over their shoulder very nervously. The Seagulls look the only team ‘un-phased’ by the mounting pressure of automatic promotion. However it is almost impossible to decide who will come out on top in these three matches. Who can hold their nerve? My money is on Brighton.

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