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PREVIEW: GROSS TO MISS HUDDERSFIELD MATCH

28 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross picked up a hamstring injury at the King Power Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Huddersfield Town to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm, and Chris Hughton’s team go in search of their first Premier League victory in 2019.

Despite producing some relatively positive displays since the turn of the year, the Seagulls have only been able to add two draws since their 1-0 victory over Everton towards the end of December.

Hughton’s men came close to securing a share of the spoils at Leicester City on Tuesday evening, after Davy Propper fired his first goal for the club, but missed chances in the second half proved costly.

Huddersfield, who sit bottom of the Premier League, picked up their first victory since the end of November on Tuesday — Steve Mounie’s stoppage-time winner sealed a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and closed the gap on 17th position.

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TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed that Pascal Gross will be unavailable for Saturday’s game — the German picked up a hamstring injury and Huddersfield’s visit comes too soon.

Leon Balogun will also miss out with a shoulder injury, but Hughton has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.

Huddersfield are expected to have three players missing through injury for the game — Adama Diakhaby [hamstring], Isaac Mbenza [calf] and Danny Williams [knee] all remain sidelined.

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FORM

The Seagulls are still searching for their first league win of 2019, however Hughton’s team have reached the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup after wins against AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion and Derby County.

Albion’s 2-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium came after Burnley’s 3-1 win at the Amex Stadium earlier this month, which leaves the team sitting 16th in the Premier League table after 27 matches.

Hughton’s side have created numerous chances over recent games, but impressive goalkeeping displays and misses in front of goal have restricted Albion to just two points from seven matches.

The Terriers ended a run of five consecutive defeats with their second victory over Wolves this season, but Jan Siewert’s team remain bottom of the pile in the Premier League.

It was only Huddersfield’s third victory of the season and the West Yorkshire club find themselves 13 points from safety as the league season enters its final months.

LAST TIME WE MET

Despite getting off to a bad start at the John Smith’s Stadium in December, the Seagulls managed to turn the game on its head after Mounie’s 32nd-minute sending off.

Zanka gave the hosts the lead inside the opening minute of the game, after Bruno’s sliced clearance caused trouble inside Albion’s penalty area — but Mounie’s dismissal for a foul on Yves Bissouma gave Hughton’s side their own kind of advantage.

Shane Duffy levelled just before half-time from Solly March’s delightful cross, and Florin Andone, who started his first game in the Premier League, proved the match-winner in the 69th minute.

Andone glanced a header into the back of the net from another brilliant March delivery, and the Seagulls saw out the remainder of the game to claim a well-deserved three points.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

LEICESTER CITY 2
Gray 10
Vardy 63

ALBION 1
Propper 66

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens (Izquierdo 81), Propper, March (Locadia 67); Gross (Bissouma 51); Murray.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Burn, Bernardo, Jahanbakhsh.

LAST TIME OUT: HUDDERSFIELD

HUDDERSFIELD 1
Mounie 90+1

WOLVES 0

Huddersfield line-up: Lossl; Duhaney (Bacuna 46), Schindler, Kongolo, Durm; Hogg, Stankovic (Kachunga 82), Billing; Pritchard (Mooy 78); Grant, Mounie.

Subs not used: Hamer (GK), Lowe, Jorgensen, Depoitre.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Karlan Grant

The forward joined Huddersfield after a successful start to the season with Sky Bet League One side Charlton — he scored 14 goals in 28 matches before switching to the John Smith’s Stadium.

Grant helped the Terriers to victory over Wolves on his first Premier League start, and the striker notched his first top-flight goal against Arsenal during his seven-minute appearance earlier this month.

The 21-year-old is likely to be called upon for his pace and finishing in front of goal towards the end of the season, as the Terriers look to edge closer to safety and avoid relegation to the second tier.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0

2 March 2019

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Paul Hazlewood
Florin Andone celebrates in front of the Albion fans after netting the winning goal.
  • Albion beat Huddersfield Town 1-0
  • Florin Andone scores the decisive goal
  • Chris Hughton’s men secure their first league victory of 2019
  • The Seagulls are next in action away at Crystal Palace next Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion secured their first league win of 2019 with a crucial 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium.
 
Florin Andone came off the bench to score the decisive goal of the game to settle a cagey contest, and move the Seagulls five points clear of the bottom three. 
 
Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that lost 2-1 against Leicester City on Tuesday night, with Bernardo, Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh replacing Gaetan Bong, Pascal Gross and Solly March in the starting line-up.
 
The match started in a cagey fashion with few chances for either side in the opening 20 minutes, with neither team managing to create a clear-cut opportunity.

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Albion’s only chance of note came when Jahanbakhsh made a run down the left and saw his cross narrowly missed by the onrushing Lewis Dunk.
 
Both Dunk and Shane Duffy then came just inches away from connecting with Anthony Knockaert’s corner, which summed up a nervy start to the game.
 
Alex Pritchard had the first shot on target as Maty Ryan initially fumbled the midfielder’s effort, before clawing away the ball at the second attempt.
 
Bissouma looked to feed Glenn Murray down the other end, and after a good first touch, the Seagulls frontman was intercepted by Terence Kongolo.
 
Albion could’ve broken the deadlock in emphatic fashion after Jahanbakhsh cut in off the left and saw his right-footed strike cannon back off the crossbar, with Jonas Lossl standing motionless in the Huddersfield goal.

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Duffy beat Christopher Schindler to Knockaert’s corner, but the former’s diving header sailed over the bar.
 
Juninho Bacuna then drove into space for the Terriers, only to see his resulting shot pushed away by Ryan in the last action of the half.
 
Bissouma fed in Murray for the first chance after the break, following the Malian’s run from midfield, but the latter’s strike was blocked.
 
Bernardo then played Jahanbakhsh through on goal, and the winger opened up his body only to see his right-footed effort saved by Lossl.
 
Philip Biling was allowed to turn and shoot inside the penalty area, but his shot was comfortably saved by Ryan.
 
Duffy met another Knockaert corner with a diving header that went just wide of the near post, as Albion looked to increase the intensity.
 
Andone replaced Murray just shy of the hour mark, and almost broke the deadlock after turning his marker on the edge of the box and forcing a fine save out of Lossl.
 
Jose Izquierdo replaced Jahanbakhsh for Albion’s second change, and the Colombian played his part in breaking the deadlock.

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Izquierdo threaded in a pass to Knockaert, whose cross was brilliantly headed home by Andone in the 79th minute, sparking wild scenes of celebration.
 
But Albion’s hard work was almost undone just two minutes later, as Ryan had to be alert to tip Steve Mounie’s header over the bar.
 
Hughton’s men were looking to put the result beyond doubt and had two penalty shouts, after Andone’s cross appeared to hit a Huddersfield arm, before Bernardo went down inside the box.
 
But the game finished 1-0 and the vast majority of the Amex crowd breathed a huge sigh of relief after claiming a massive win.
 
ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Bissouma (Kayal 84), Stephens, Propper; Knockaert, Murray (Andone 57), Jahanbakhsh (Izquierdo 78).
 
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bong, Burn, March. 

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Ticket News

HUDDERSFIELD SOLD OUT - EXCHANGE OPEN

1 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
The view from the south west corner of the Amex.
Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League match against Huddersfield Town have now sold out.
 
The last few remaining tickets have been sold, and any seats that become available are those that have been listed via the season ticket exchange.
 
Please note that these tickets are only available at the full adult price and can be bought online or by phone, or on a matchday from the ticket office, subject to availability.
 
Please visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets for availability and to book your seats.

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