Brighton & Hove Albion’s tough start to the season continued, as they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City. On a rainy afternoon at the King Power Stadium, here are five things we learned.
Quicker out the blocks
Leicester City started the game energetically, after manager Craig Shakespeare had instructed his players to get, “a high-tempo start and to try and take the game to Brighton early doors,” after Albion’s resoluteness against Manchester City for 70 minutes last weekend. Finding their feet quicker next time out will be vital.
Knocking at the door
Despite playing only 30 minutes, Anthony Knockaert proved to be a bright spark for Albion. With the ability to beat his man and an eye for a defence-splitting pass, the Frenchman is crucial to Albion’s attacking creativity. Easing the Frenchman back to full fitness – as Hughton is doing – is paramount in the search of early points.
Progression in possession
Despite the home side’s victory, Brighton enjoyed more of the possession at the King Power Stadium. However, 55% of the ball led to just two shots on goal. Hughton said, “We’ve got to keep possession better. They’re not a side that really opened us up; they didn’t have great chances. But in the areas where they needed to keep possession, they were that little bit sharper and that’s what we need to learn."
Ready, set, go
Albion manager Hughton bemoaned the set-piece goal his men conceded in the 54th minute, saying, “We can’t be the type of team that concedes goals from set-plays. We know it’s going to be a tough season, we know we are going to need everything that we can get.” Making use of the height wielded by Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Glenn Murray and Dale Stephens will also be important at the other end of the field.
Bruno in vogue
Skipper Bruno has taken like a duck to water in his first two appearances in the Premier League. After a composed performance against Danilo and Kevin De Bruyne last week, he backed it up by limiting the productivity of the perpetual Marc Albrighton, combined with a 92% passing success rate and four crosses probing the Leicester back four.