Analysis: Danny Welbeck class, Brighton almost safe and a striking statistic

Ian Hart: All three points, a home and an away double over “Super Leeds” but perhaps most importantly, Premier League football all but assured at the Amex for at least another 12 months as Fulham will have to make the greatest comeback since Lazarus if they are to catch the Albion now.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:28 pm
Brighton players celebrate a vital victory against Leeds United at the Amex Stadium

Had there been a crowd at the Amex this afternoon they would have been entertained but perhaps left wondering how the Albion didn’t win by more than two?

Leandro Trossard’s skied shot on 39 minutes and a second half miss from Neal Maupay were perhaps the worst offenders after taking the lead through a Pascal Gross spot kick on 13 minutes.

But on 78 minutes a classic striker’s goal from Danny Welbeck answered any doubts.

But perhaps it would have been the content of the match day programme that would have a lot of fans commenting as they made their way home from the Amex.

Page 78/79 is dedicated to statistics, and prior to this game kicking off informed the readers that in the 33 preceding games the Albion had had 431 shots, 126 of them on target, with a return of 33 goals.

You don’t need Carol Vorderman to tell you that’s roughly a goal per 3.82 shots on target, but in layman’s terms a goal a game.

At this level is that good enough? This season yes, but maybe not next year.

It certainly has been a learning curve and with four games left, the players can look forward to their respective holiday destinations, subject to Boris once he’s finished decorating Downing Street.

But let’s hope in May 2022 it’s not a case of Groundhog Day not just for Graham Potter’s men, but also the 30,000 Albion fans back in the ground. As a combination of both goals and entertainment at the Amex have sometimes been as rare as the Gallagher brothers at a family gathering in Manchester.