• Exile

    by Published on 19-08-2019 13:27
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    Following the incredible result at Watford in the season opener, back to a buzzing Amex for the first home game under Graham Potter. The Albion fans, in another 30,000+ crowd, full of optimism – expectation not only of a result, but of being entertained. Crazy times.

    Team news is in. Here’s a handy tweet from Andy Naylor, to save me typing it. Naylor’s twitter output is still free to read, at least!

    by Published on 10-05-2019 18:52
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    Quite the day - little old Brighton and Hove Albion cast in a crucial supporting role in the final act of a dazzling Premier League title race. Broadcasters from 21 countries rocked up, as the eyes of the world focused on the sun-bathed Amex.

    Thank The Lord / Chris Hughton / Cardiff City / Crystal Palace (delete as you see fit) that the Albion were confirmed as safe last week, and we were able to relax and enjoy the
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    by Published on 15-04-2019 11:04
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    Where to start? How do you begin to document, or even start to explain, such an abject, horrible capitulation - just seven days on from one of the club’s proudest days in recent times. That largely the same groups of players, a week on from being lauded for their efforts at Wembley by 35,000 Albion fans, slunk from pitch, to escape the furious disappointment of a near emptied Amex, simply beggars ...
    by Published on 04-03-2019 13:13
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    Huddersfield then. Massive.

    After a long run of games with little reward, things have rather come to a head. Yes, we really did ‘acquit ourselves well’ at Old Trafford, and at home to Liverpool, but we bagged zero points. Yes, it’s true, that Ben Foster and Tom Heaton were the stars of their respective shows, and genuinely we did ‘deserve’ more than a point from those two fixtures, but a point is all we got. At Leicester midweek there’s a valid argument that we genuinely were the ‘better team’ – but again left empty handed.

    There can be no excuses today.
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    by Published on 18-02-2019 14:11
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    So – back to the Amex for a fourth straight Saturday, for a fifth round FA Cup clash with Championship Derby County. Team news is in, amid talk of illness and knocks in the camp. Glenn Murray is the one indispensable right now, given the lack of suitable back up, so he gets to rest a tight calf. Dunk too gets to rest an apparent niggle.

    The starting XI still looks pretty strong, though there is very little strength on the bench, particular in attacking positions – Florin Andone’s stupid red card coming home to roost. Davy Pröpper is down to start, but
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    by Published on 05-12-2018 16:59
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    Oh. My. Days.

    What a night. What a fantastic, crazy, epic night.

    Wandering up to ground in the freezing rain – tense. Nervous. Excited. Huge, huge game. A win would be massive, the unthinkable crushing. Team news in – couple of changes – Montoya in for the injured Capitan, and super Glenn restored in place of Saturday’s match-winner Florin Andone.

    As for the visitors:

    by Published on 30-10-2018 16:04
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    A ridiculously busy spell at work, has meant I’ve neglected this responsibility for a good while. In home games since I last found the time to pen anything (United), the Albion have drawn with Fulham (game turned on a missed penalty, great comeback, but ultimately two points dropped), lost to Spurs (showed a good side too much respect, but could have nicked an unlikely point), and beaten West Ham (solid defensive display, Murray clinical).

    Coupled with a huge away win at Newcastle last time out, a pretty healthy
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    by Published on 20-08-2018 13:07
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    “Can we play you every week? Can we plaa-aaay you, every week?” For the smattering of Manchester United fans still left in the ground a minute into added time, hearing that from fans of (#teamslike)Brighton has really got to hurt. Especially for the (corporate) covert Red sat in front of us, who’d proudly shown his phone to his mate at kick off, announcing that ‘this win’ was going to bring home his £600 acca. What a terrible, terrible shame, for him, that it didn’t work out.

    What a win. What a performance, from Chris Hughton’s men. ...
    by Published on 07-05-2018 18:41
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    What a night. Premier League status confirmed, with two matches to spare. A great occasion, a tremendous effort, and most of all a thoroughly deserved victory.

    Every player worthy of the highest praise.

    Little Maty Ryan, less busy than might have been expected, went about his business in the tidiest of fashion, plucking high balls at will - plunging to save when he finally had to.

    Bong and Bruno reliable in defence
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    by Published on 18-04-2018 16:07
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    Back to the Amex, after a dispiriting reverse at Castle Greyskull, for the visit of Tottenham. Which Albion would turn up to tackle Pochetino’s impressive young Spurs side? That which took the game to Leicester for an hour, or that forced to settle for a point after a limp display against Huddersfield a week later?

    Spurs’ away form is frightening. Ten wins and just two defeats on their travels, and on a run of sixteen straight
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    by Published on 14-03-2018 16:23
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    “Get off to bed” they said, “Big day tomorrow. Try to get some sleep”.

    Who are they kidding? Sleep? I‘ve not slept for a week. Teeth done, in the bedroom sink with the Albion crest mirror, then stretched out on the bed, under the gaze of the 1982/83 squad, looking down from the wall opposite. Half asleep, half awake, replaying all that brought us to this – to the cusp of eternal glory – to the prospect of triangular corner flags at the Goldstone.

    A scrap against Newcastle in the 3rd round – the adventure almost over before it began. A draw secured, then crestfallen at the response that ‘No, we wouldn’t’ be attending the replay – I had no concept of the distances involved. The lads came through it
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    by Published on 06-03-2018 10:11
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    Saturday night. I've spent two days coughing and wheezing, and shivering and sweating. Not eating, not sleeping. Zombified. "It's SILLY", she says. "Are you up to the (2 hours each way) drive? It'll be freezing. It's on TV. Do you really think it’s a sensible idea?"

    Tuesday morning, I'm sat at home typing this, on the second of two days off work ('deep seated bacterial chest infection' apparently) so she might have had a point. But romance and dreams weren't built on 'sensible ideas'. Anyway, the pills seem to be kicking in now – seems like that Fleming chap was onto something. I digress...

    Arriving at the game, we're dissecting the Gunners' line-up, and I'm struggling to completely
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    by Published on 26-02-2018 16:06
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    Massive, massive game at the Amex. Swansea City in town, for a bona-fide six-pointer. The Swans’ revival under Carlos Carvalhal such, that from looking utterly doomed a month back, a win here would take them above the Albion. The Albion themselves in decent form though – after a mini-run of good results – and justifiably confident. There’s a potential fly in the Amex ointment though, in the smug, balding shape of referee, Mr M Dean. It’s Look-at-me-Mike’s first appointment for an Albion home game, since that horrific day at The Riverside. Let’s not go there. With Mike in charge, form, class, momentum ...
    by Published on 05-02-2018 18:38
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    I opined in conclusion of the midweek Southampton report, that the value of that draw there could only be properly measured, in conjunction with the outcome of this game. Find a way to beat West Ham - four points in a week - everything looks a bit rosier. Lose this one, and things will take on a very grim outlook.

    The lead up to the game had seen my bullish optimism (Lanzini, Arnautovic and Carroll out – good time to play the Hammers…?) had proved ...
    by Published on 01-02-2018 16:05
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    A freezing night on the shores of the Solent, to kick off the four game spell that will surely come to define the Albion's season. A huge game for both sides - one that neither could afford to lose - Chris Hughton accordingly dispensing with the 3-at-the-back formation that excited against Chelsea but left us wide open at the same time.

    Back to a standard back four, with Bong and Schellotto on the flanks. The rest of the first choice side settled - Knockaert the odd
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