Six things we learned from Huddersfield v Brighton & Hove Albion

Zanka heads Huddersfield into the lead. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Zanka heads Huddersfield into the lead. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Goals from Shane Duffy and Florin Andone gave Brighton a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town yesterday. Here's six things we learned from the game.

A shocker of a start

Shane Duffy heads Albion's equaliser. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Shane Duffy heads Albion's equaliser. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Albion made the worst possible start by gifting Huddersfield the lead inside a minute.

The Terriers were full of confidence going into the game anyway with seven points from three games and it left Brighton with a mountain to climb - especially as they had won just one of their previous 20 Premier League away matches.

Philip Billing launched a long throw into the penalty area and Bruno - on the volley - horribly miscued his clearance straight back into the penalty area. Seagulls keeper Mathew Ryan came off his line to look to punch the ball clear but was blocked by his team-mates and Zanka was on hand to head home from ten yards. It was the quickest goal scored in the Premier League since January 31.

It was the earliest goal Albion had conceded in a Premier League match since Shinji Okazaki netted after only 52 seconds in Brighton's 2-0 defeat away to Leicester at the start of last season.

Whichever way you look at it, Steve Mounie's red card later in the first half was a huge turning point as Albion came from behind to win in the Premier League for the first time this season.

Red peril

For the third time in as many matches, a player was sent off around the half-hour mark in a Brighton match.

Seagulls midfielder Dale Stephen was dismissed with the score 1-1 away to Cardiff but the Bluebirds went on to snatch a last-minute winner.

Last week, Leicester midfielder James Maddison was red-carded for two bookings at the Amex when Albion led 1-0 but the Foxes hit back to earn a point through Jamie Vardy's late penalty.

This afternoon, Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie saw red for a foul on Yves Bissouma. Terriers fans felt the dismissal was harsh but referee Michael Oliver was quick to pull the red card from his back pocket after Mounie caught the Brighton midfielder just above his shin pad.

Huddersfield led 1-0 at the time but Albion levelled just before half-time through Shane Duffy's header, before Florin Andone got the winner in the second half.

Assist king

Solly March provided an assist for the third successive away game, with two at the John Smith's Stadium.

The winger had had a relatively quiet game until he sent in a peach of a delivery seconds before the half-time whistle blew for Shane Duffy to head home.

March was much more involved in the second half as Albion controlled possession and sent in a lovely delivery for Florin Andone to head home and make it 2-1 on 70 minutes.

March had set up Lewis Dunk at Everton and Duffy at Cardiff in the Seagulls' previous away matches and also provided an assist for Glenn Murray in the home game with Manchester United at the start of the season.

He now has five for the season, one more than team-mate Anthony Knockaert, and is just one behind Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, who top the Premier League assist table this season.

Big things to come

Yves Bissouma looks to be a star in the making and produced his best performance in a Brighton shirt yesterday.

The Mali international has shown glimpses of his potential already and got better and better throughout the game at the John Smith's Stadium.

Steve Mounie's foul on the midfielder earned the Huddersfield striker a straight red card and, after treatment, Bissouma was booed throughout the rest of the game by Terriers fans.

The boos only seemed to spur on Bissouma as he drove Albion forward. If he keeps on producing performances like this, he'll quickly become a regular starter in the middle of the park.

A happy hunting ground for once

Albion often struggle at the John Smith's Stadium and this was just their second win away to Huddersfield in 11 attempts.

Few Seagulls supporters will forget the 7-1 drubbing in 2009, while the Terriers beat Albion 3-1 in the Championship two years ago and then 2-0 at home in the Premier League last year.
After going behind inside a minute to a poor goal, some Albion fans would have feared the worst again.

However, Brighton fought back to take all three points and move up to 11th in the Premier League, nine points clear of the bottom three.

It was the perfect start to a big week, with matches to come against rivals Crystal Palace and then away to Burnley in the next seven days.

All eyes on Palace

Albion boss Chris Hughton rotated his squad with Tuesday's derby clash with Crystal Palace no doubt in mind.

Top-scorer Glenn Murray was on the bench as Romanian striker Florin Andone got his first start for the Seagulls since joining from Deportivo in the summer.

Beram Kayal was also a substitute. The Israeli international is on four yellow cards - one away from a suspension - and Albion will want the midfielder in their engine room for the match with Palace.

The only other change saw Solly March come back into the starting line-up for Anthony Knockaert.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson kept the same starting 11 who drew at Manchester United last week for the Eagles' 2-0 win over Burnley.


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