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    by Published on 18-10-2014 21:45
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    Apologies in advance for the brevity of this report. I put a lot of time and effort into these normally, but this game has left me on a bit of a downer, and I'm not prepared to spend all of my Saturday evening dwelling on it.

    I'm not going to try to analyse the Albion's tactics, as I'm not sure exactly what they were. I can tell you Middlesborough's though. Itor Karanka's instructions to his team were simple. Pressure ...
    by Published on 25-09-2014 14:19
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    An enjoyable evening in Staffordshire, saw the (real) Albion run out comfortable winners, against their League Two namesakes.



    Brighton made no less than nine changes to the side that faced Blackpool on Saturday, but this was more than a second XI - Calderon, Hughes, Gardner, McCourt among those coming in, are very much first team players, with perhaps only Chicksen and O'Grady fairly described as back-up. ...
    by Published on 21-09-2014 06:00
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    After successive away defeats, the Albion returned to the Amex for what would surely be a confidence-boosting victory, over the division's train wreck club, Blackpool.

    Three days before the start of the campaign the Tangerines had a squad of just 8 players, and no goalkeeper amongst them. A last minute supermarket sweep of unattached cast-offs and has-beens made up the sufficient numbers to enable them ...
    by Published on 16-09-2014 21:17
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    Sami Hyypia thought his side put on a better performance at Portman Road tonight than that seen at Griffin Park on Saturday when the Albion lost by the odd goal in 5 against Brentford.

    It is true that the Albion put in a more encouraging display away at Ipswich but had to suffer a second away defeat in four days as the home side ran out 2-0 winners.

    The ...
    by Published on 31-08-2014 10:20
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    Back to the Amex, after a midweek cup win, at League One Swindon Town, for a first test against a side expected to challenge at the top end of this season's Championship table.

    Charlton have recruited well this summer, after their Belgian takeover, quality additions at both ends of the pitch, turning last year's also rans, into a competitive side, who garnered eight points from their opening four fixtures, including impressive wins over Wigan and Derby.

    The Albion fans arrived in bullish mood, the recent ...
    Published on 26-08-2014 22:46
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    Over 600 Albion fans made the trip to Swindon tonight, hoping to see the Seagulls earn a rare appearance in the third round of the League Cup and Forster-Caskey thought he and his team mates had put on a good show for them, although he admitted the Albion took the lead against the run of play. Rohan Ince smashed ...
    Published on 26-08-2014 22:15
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    Sami Hyypia admitted he was surprised by the quality shown by opponents Swindon Town as his Albion team progressed to the third round of the Capital One Cup with a hard-fought 4-2 extra-time victory saying “They played some good stuff tonight and made it difficult for us.”

    Hyypia expressed his happiness that the Albion will be in the ...
    Published on 26-08-2014 21:24
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    Albion entered the draw for the third round of the Capital One League Cup for only the third time in 20 years with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Swindon Town at the County Ground.

    The omens weren’t good. In the preceding 10 seasons, the Albion had only progressed beyond the 1st round of the League Cup on 3 occasions. Worse than that, it was way back in August 2003 when the Seagulls last recorded an away victory in this competition. On that ...
    by Published on 23-08-2014 19:22
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    Albion 2-1 Bolton

    Back to the Amex after the excellent midweek win at Elland Road - Bolton the visitors representing a realistic chance of recording back to back wins - the absolute key to climbing a very tight Championship table.

    The shape of the side was maintained, with two personnel changes - Andrew Crofts returning from suspension in place of the injured Kemy Agustien, and debutant Joe Bennett relegating young Adam Chicksen to the bench.

    For the majority of the crowd, the game offered the first ...
    by Published on 23-08-2014 17:35
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    Speaking after Albion beat Bolton 2-1 at the Amex, Sami Hyypia admitted his side didn't play as well as they had in midweek when beating Leeds, but paid credit to the battling abilities of his players.

    Asked whether Bolton's pressing limited the Albion or if, perhaps, his team were still tired after Tuesday's exertions Hyypia said: "I think it was a bit of both. Bolton ...
    by Published on 19-08-2014 21:43
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    The omens weren't good. Played: 2, Lost: 2, Scored: 0/nil/zero/zip. The season was only 10 days old but the vibe amongst Albion fans was as negative as it had been for many a year. A visit to Leeds was not what the doctor would order for this sick patient. The hosts have higher aspirations for this season than both clubs who had already defeated the Albion in the opening 2 games of this Championship campaign, and having seen off big-spending Middlesbrough only days before they were confident of a second home win inside four days.

    As the team slowly headed North from St Andrews, via St George's Park, Danny Holla was an unexpected recruit given Albion's existing wealth of options in midfield. The Dutchman was an immediate addition to ...
    by Published on 17-08-2014 00:47
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    Brighton lost to Birmingham City, who recorded their first home win in 10 months in the process, and the world's impending doom was all but confirmed.

    Despite being aware of the potential rapture a negative result could cause, we set off towards the Midlands on Saturday morning with our spirits high. For after a long, eventful summer, we were on the road again. Our travels would see us return to St Andrews, almost a year to the day, after Oscar Garcia's first win as Brighton boss.

    Quite the omen, and a win ...
    by Published on 13-08-2014 08:17
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    After the success of various 'themed' games over the last two seasons - Spanish Day, Fright Night, etc - the club decided to use the visit of Cheltenham to run the latest. A lot of thought clearly went into the planning, and made 'League Two Night' a great success.

    From restricting the crowd to a Withdeanesque 6,500, to picking an entire team utterly devoid of creative talent, the marketing experts at the club surpassed themselves ...
    by Published on 10-08-2014 09:39
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    Albion 0-1 Wednesday


    There's something special about the first day of the season. Not only, by decree of the laws of football tradition, is it always hot and sunny, but the air is so full of expectation. Even the most world-weary fan, rendered incapable of expectation, is at least full of hope. This might be the year. This might be our season.

    There is always excitement about how the new signings will get on, too. Even if they came from Barnsley. Hearing on a Wednesday fan's match preview, that Chris O'Grady 'always ...
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