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    Reliance on Murray isn't the cause of Brighton's slump


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    "But Brightonís problems run deeper than goalscoring. Since December 8, their team persona has changed drastically. Before, they were characterised predominantly with dogged defending. Since they have relied heavily on long balls and crosses.

    With Murrayís physicality and abilities as a frontman who can hold up the ball and link play, thatís perhaps understandable, but it has meant they have too often looked one-dimensional and bereft of ideas.

    It also isnít working. Since December 8, they have completed more accurate crosses (74) than any other Premier League side, yet have scored just one header.

    The defence isnít up to much, either. Brighton have conceded 39 goals, which is far from worrying (Fulham have shipped 58, while Cardiff and Burnley have each let in 47 apiece).

    However, the Seagulls backline is often put under strain by the sideís inability to win possession in either the attacking or midfield third. In fact, they rank 18th and 19th in those respective categories but second for possession reclaimed in the defensive third."

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      This is our big problem... we lose the key midfield battles

      However, the Seagulls backline is often put under strain by the side’s inability to win possession in either the attacking or midfield third. In fact, they rank 18th and 19th in those respective categories but second for possession reclaimed in the defensive third
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      These figures from December coincide with Locadia and Gross playing, neither player can tackle.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Papa Lazarou View Post
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      This is our big problem... we lose the key midfield battles
      With the exception of Bissouma and Propper, we're still playing with a basic Championship midfield IMO



      In musical terms, I'd like our midfield to be........
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      These figures from December coincide with Locadia and Gross playing, neither player can tackle.
      Totally irrelevant as it is more down to our inability to retain possession when we have the ball from the midfield /defence towards the final 1/3 of the pitch
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      Quote Originally Posted by Arkwright View Post
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      These figures from December coincide with Locadia and Gross playing, neither player can tackle.
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      Totally irrelevant as it is more down to our inability to retain possession when we have the ball from the midfield /defence towards the final 1/3 of the pitch
      That's not what the article says - it say our problem is 'winning' possession. I agree that we need to retain possession better, as the opposition don't get the ball until we lose it.
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      If only we had 2 Muzza’s.

      He has to spend so much time by the touchlines taking the long balls from Ryan etc, it leaves no Muzza in the penalty box to finish off chances.
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      That's not what the article says - it say our problem is 'winning' possession. I agree that we need to retain possession better, as the opposition don't get the ball until we lose it.
      I think that our midfield generally win the possession but then it falls down with our lack of retention of the ball or giving it away cheaply with misplaced passes and long hoofs to make them 50/50 balls for GM etc up front.
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      Totally irrelevant as it is more down to our inability to retain possession when we have the ball from the midfield /defence towards the final 1/3 of the pitch
      This. Our issue is holding on to the ball. In both the West Ham game and Fulham game we needed to maintain possession once 2-0 but we could not do it, same against other teams recently we barely hold on to the ball for more than 4 or 5 passes.
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      I think what this misses is that in shifting formation to use Propper and Gross further forward, this leaves Stephens alone as a "ball-winning midfielder" and when he wins the ball he's almost always go to go backwards because a) players push up on him so fast and b) there so little movement in front of him. We therefore completely lose any quick forward impetus and Murray ends up doubled up and marked too quickly.

      Additionally, our lack of direct wingers (specifically a fit Izquierdo, a fully up-to-speed Jahanbakhsh and a consistent Knockaert) has driven this change to try and get more midfield impetus going forward, however, because of the above point this may have cost us both pace on the break and Gross as a creative force.

      Murray has never been the problem, he's been the saviour in my opinion. What we need is pace again and we've had none this season.

      Just my view, but we're not anywhere near as bad as some have suggested. We've been ravaged by attacking injuries this season and it's beginning to tell.
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