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PREVIEW: GROSS TO MISS SOUTHAMPTON

28 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross is set to miss Saturday's game.

Brighton & Hove Albion are back in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they host Southampton at the Amex Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

Chris Hughton’s team entertain the Saints in their first Premier League match in three weeks following their Emirates FA Cup quarter-final and the latest international break, and will be looking to build on the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in their last top-flight contest.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side sit one place and three points before Albion heading into the game, having run out 2-1 winners over Tottenham Hotspur on home soil last time out.

The corresponding league fixture last season saw the two teams play out a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium. Steve Davis headed the visitors into the lead after seven minutes into the game as James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick bounced back off the woodwork.

But Glenn Murray headed home shortly after the restart past Fraser Forster to level the scores and mean the spoils were shared.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Hughton revealed that he would be without Pascal Gross for the game this weekend, and that Florin Andone will be assessed on Friday after training with the team on Thursday morning.

The away side have been able to welcome Danny Ings back into training over the last fortnight, Hasenhuttl confirmed in his pre-match press conference. 

FORM

The Seagulls have won four of their last five matches in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last three.

Emirates FA Cup victories over Derby County and Millwall respectively have sealed the club’s place in the last four of the historic competition for only the second time in 36 years, whilst March began with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium thanks to Andone's header.

A week later, goals from Murray and Anthony Knockaert sealed an impressive 2-1 victory over Selhurst Park in the side’s last league contest against Crystal Palace. 

The Saints have won two of their last five across all competitions, with the aforementioned victory over Spurs last time out seeing late goals from Yan Valery and Ward-Prowse cancel out Harry Kane’s first half opener on the south coast.

A narrow 3-2 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford followed a 2-0 home success over Fulham thanks to goals from Oriol Romeu and Ward-Prowse in the final week of February – the side’s last away win in the league was the 2-1 victory away to Leicester City in the middle of January.

LAST TIME OUT:

MILLWALL 2

Pearce 70, O’Brien 79

ALBION 2

Locadia 88, March 90+5

Albion win 5-4 on penalties after extra time. 

Albion: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Propper, Kayal (Izquierdo 73); Knockaert (Locadia 73), Murray, Jahanbakhsh (March 67).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Burn, Bong, Bruno.

LAST TIME OUT: SOUTHAMPTON

SOUTHAMPTON 2

Valery 76, Ward-Prowse 81

SPURS 1

Kane 26

Southampton: Gunn (GK); Yoshida, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand Valery, Romeu (Sims 45), Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Hojbjerg; Austin (Long 45, Armstrong 73)

Subs not used: McCarthy (GK); Stephens, Targett, Slattery.

PLAYER TO WATCH: James Ward-Prowse

James Ward-Prowse has netted six times so far this term, with three of those coming in his side’s last three contests.

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All of his goals have come inside 2019, and his impressive recent form saw him called up to the England squad, where he earned his second cap in the 5-1 win over Montenegro.

The 24-year-old graduate of the Staplewood academy has amassed more than 200 first team appearances, and it seems as though the midfielder is thriving under the new Austrian manager’s guidance.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION BEATEN BY SOUTHAMPTON

30 March 2019

Sponsored by

Paul Hazlewood
Bernardo in action against Southampton at the Amex Stadium.
  • Albion lose 1-0 to Southampton
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike proves the difference
  • Seagulls sit five points clear of the drop zone
  • Albion travel to Chelsea on Wednesday

Brighton & Hove Albion were unable to add further distance between themselves and the bottom three, after a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at the Amex.

Despite a late push in search of an equaliser, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s goal early in the second half brought the Saints level on points with Albion, who have a game in hand.

Chris Hughton named an unchanged side from the last Premier League outing against Crystal Palace, but the lively start at Selhurst Park three weeks earlier was not replicated in the opening stages in Falmer.

Hojbjerg almost had the first opening in the 15th minute, before Nathan Redmond’s shot stung Maty Ryan’s palms after some neat footwork on the edge of the box.

Albion were getting a lot of joy down the right-hand side early on, as Yves Bissouma proved to be a powerful nuisance in midfield, while Martin Montoya linked up play well from full-back. The Spaniard bombed forward in the 23rd minute after some neat interchange on the wing and charged goalwards, but his menacing cross was cleared by the Saints defence.

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After Bissouma tore through the centre of the pitch and fired wide from 20 yards, the visitors broke quickly in the 34th minute, and Danny Ings received the ball in space just inside the penalty area. The striker opened his body to bury it past Ryan’s left, but was intercepted by Bernardo.

The Brazilian came to the rescue again five minutes later, as Dale Stephens lost possession in midfield and James Ward-Prowse advanced with pace.

The England international squeezed a pass to Stuart Armstrong, who daringly waited to hit it on the half-volley, but that slight hesitance gave Bernardo time to once again throw his body in front of the ball, in what was the final half-chance of a muted first half.

In contrast, the second period did not take long to come alive. After some neat interchange on the left wing, Redmond approached the Albion penalty area with pace and slipped a ball to Hojbjerg. The Dane was under pressure, but managed to poke past the on-rushing Ryan in front of the away supporters.

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Albion responded with intent, piling up field for Anthony Knockaert’s free-kick which found Lewis Dunk, who headed over. Knockaert then tried his luck with a long-range effort, but saw it narrowly sail wide of the far-left post.

Southampton would have doubled their lead in the 61st minute if it wasn’t for Dunk’s awareness. Chasing an equaliser, Hughton’s men left themselves exposed and Ryan Bertrand latched onto a loose ball, 18 yards out.

The left-back screwed an effort destined for the bottom right corner, leaving Ryan stranded, but Dunk slid in just before the line to prevent a second.

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Determined to take something from the game, Albion stepped up the tempo in the final 20 minutes. Following some concerted pressure through consecutive corners, Montoya received the ball on the right and cut inside, before unleashing a swerving left-footed shot which crashed against the crossbar.

Albion then had a strong penalty shout waved away soon after when Davy Propper was seemingly tugged down as he tried to pounce on Angus Gunn’s failed collection from a cross. Referee Michael Oliver waved away Albion’s appeals.

Both Solly March and Jurgen Locadia were introduced late on to try to salvage a draw but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men secured all three points.

ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Propper (Locadia 74), Stephens, Bissouma; Jahanbakhsh (March 62), Murray, Knockaert.

SUBS NOT USED: Button, Bong, Burn, Kayal, Izquierdo.

LOTTERY RESULTS

1901 CLUB LOTTERY

1ST PRIZE £1000 230845
2ND PRIZE £100 SHOP VOUCHER 235968
3RD PRIZE BOTTLE OF WHISKEY 234801
4TH PRIZE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE 233893
5TH PRIZE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE 235637

ALBION HAT TRICK

1ST £500 4734
2ND £50 2948
3RD £25 1826

1ST GOAL TIME 53 MINUTES

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Ticket News

PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V SOUTHAMPTON

29 March 2019

Patrick Sullivan
The pre-match brief for Albion v Southampton

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Southampton to the Amex in the Premier League on Saturday 30th March, kick-off 3pm.

The match sponsor for this fixture is Brighton Tools & Fixings, the ball sponsor is REESINK Turfcare and the kit sponsor is GAP Solutions.

This game is in support of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year.

Since 1993, Kick It Out has worked throughout the football, education and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.

Fans attending matches at the Amex can report incidents of discrimination directly to a steward, or via the Kick It Out app. These incidents are then communicated to the club to investigate.

Another way of reporting an incident of discrimination and anti-social behaviour directly to the club is via our dedicated hotline number which is 07880 196442.

We will also be supporting The Premier League’s ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign at tomorrow’s match which sits neatly alongside the fantastic work of Kick It Out.

Travel Information

All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.

Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that services to and from Falmer will be enhanced both pre and post-match. Please note that there will be a bus replacement service operating between Three Bridges and both Lewes and Brighton respectively due to the Brighton Mainline Improvement project.

Don’t miss the match, plan ahead – sign up for alerts at Brightonmainline.co.uk.

Park & Rides: Both Brighton Racecourse & Mill Road will be open from 12pm.

Car Parks: All parking at both the Bridge (Car Park B) and at Sussex University (Car Park C) has now sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day.

All vehicles accredited to park at the University of Sussex must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate; however, please be aware that due to roadworks along the Southern Ring Road, the University will have a traffic light system in operation.

Village Way will be extremely busy and congested, and supporters are advised to avoid this area both pre- and post-match, unless they have pre-booked parking.

Buses: Brighton & Hove Buses will be operating a full Saturday service within the travel scheme, therefore free travel is available to supporters on production of a match ticket, but please check the club's website for areas within the bus travel scheme.

Parking: There is no local street parking available for football supporters, as all areas have a residents' parking scheme in operation, and enforcement officers will be on patrol.

Seagull Travel: Seagull Travel will be running their usual matchday services from various locations, and spaces are available to pre-book via their website.

Drop-offs & Pick-ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way, or at Woollard Way (entrance to the Bridge car park), and supporters are advised to use our official drop-off and pick-up point located at University of Sussex, where our drop-off point is in Car Park 5, located by the Sports Hall.

This drop-off/pick-up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex Stadium. There is also a free shuttle bus in operation.

Opening & Closing Times

The Club Superstore will be open from 9am and will close at 6pm after the game. The shop is also closed during the match.

The ticket office will open from 9am until half-time. The ticket office will be closed during the second half, but will re-open for 30 minutes after the match.

Dick’s Bar is open from 12pm until kick-off and then after the match until 7.30pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.

All concourses will open at 1pm. East, South and West concourses will close at 6.30pm post-match. The North concourse will close at 7.30pm.

All of the 1901 Club Lounges and restaurants will open at 12.30pm.

All lounges will close at 6.30pm, with the exception of Mayo Wynne Baxter and iTalk, which will both close at 7.30pm. All restaurants will close at 7pm.

Please note all bars will stop serving 15 minutes before the scheduled closing time.

The Fanzone and food outlets will be open from 12pm. The outside bar will close at 2.15pm.

In the 1901 Club lounges, Dick’s Bar and concourses, the TV screens will be showing Fulham v Manchester City pre-match, and West Ham United v Everton post-match.

Ticket Office

Please note this game has now sold out. However, there are a limited number of tickets available through the official ticket exchange available to supporters with a purchase history. Please visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets for more information. Please note tickets must be booked in advance.

Club Superstore

Tomorrow’s match is our last home game before the FA Cup semi-final, so allow some additional time to come and see our range of Wembley merchandise in the superstore before or after the match. The store is open 9am until 6pm.

The two external retail outlets will also be open for this fixture. They are situated at the south-east approach T-junction, and north-west corner, stocking a range of souvenirs — but for your Wembley merchandise we recommend a visit to the Club Superstore.

We will also be offering 20% off leisurewear both in-store and online to conclude Albion’s March Madness campaign.

1901 Club Lounge Dress Code

We would like to take this opportunity to remind members that the dress code for the 1901 Club is smart business attire for all guests, male and female.

Acceptable attire includes smart jeans, smart boots, clean trainers and canvas shoes. Please note that ripped jeans, shorts and flip-flops are not permitted. Hospitality guests dining in either restaurant will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas.

Men must wear a collared shirt or polo shirt. Football shirts, polo-neck and turtleneck sweaters are not acceptable.

Only guests aged under 14 may wear Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirts. Away team colours or shirts are not permitted under any circumstances. Please ensure your guests are aware of and adhere to the dress code as entry will not be permitted if they are not dressed accordingly.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to reseat 1901 Club members or their guests in general admission areas of the stadium if refused admission to the 1901 Club.

Prohibited Items

In light of recent high-profile incidents where a range of items – including capped water bottles – have been thrown on to the pitch at a number of matches around the country, we are reminding all Brighton & Hove Albion and visiting supporters that bottles with tops on them are prohibited at the Amex Stadium.

Our stewards will be strictly enforcing this policy, and bottle tops will also be removed from drinks sold inside the stadium.

The full list of prohibited items can be found here.

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