• Brighton vs Burnley Match Report, 09.02.19

    Back in December when the Premier League’s TV dates were confirmed, a few Albion fans (including myself) scoffed at the inclusion of Burnley at home. Following the two enthralling encounters of last season, both ending 0-0, it seemed odd that anyone would want to pay actual money to televise the fixture. More pertinently, it didn’t seem relevant - after amassing an impressive points tally as Christmas approached, many of the BHAFC faithful were looking up the table rather than down.

    But this, of course, is the Albion we’re talking about. And where the Albion are concerned, nothing is ever straightforward.

    A murmur of anxiety amongst the fan base coming into the game, following a worrying second half collapse away at strugglers Fulham, and a frustrating blank at home to Watford - the latter largely thanks to a man possessed in the hornets ne(s)t, Ben Foster. The performance showed a good response from the Albion, just a shame they found Foster in such phenomenal form, bringing back championship memories of an unbeatable Ben Marshall in the Cardiff goal.

    So with Albion heading into the game without a goal at home since Locadia’s close-range finish against Everton, you got a definite sense this was a game we really needed to win, if anything to ease the nerves. On paper perhaps, Burnley were ideal opponents - but don’t be fooled. Dyche’s side sitting just above the relegation zone need the points, and they know how to grind them out. Three draws out of their last three league games, most notably at in-form Manchester United, meant Chris Hughton’s men would have to be at their best in order to take maximum points.

    2pm-sorry, 4:30pm rolled around and one change for the good guys, Dale Stephens returning from a hip injury, Bissouma making way. A blow to the Albion’s attacking options however: Andone retrospectively banned for 3 games following a naughty elbow on Sam Field in midweek. Sake Florin. Burnley unchanged, and with extra incentive, following late Drama at Saint Mary’s:
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