After Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten 2-0 by Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium yesterday, here are five things we learned from the first top-flight meeting between the sides.
For the second game running, the Seagulls conceded the opening goal from a set-piece, as Tom Ince’s free-kick was flicked on by Christopher Schindler and Steve Mounie dispatched at the back post. Emre Can headed Liverpool in front last time out in the 30th minute, but the Terriers took an earlier lead on Saturday, which put Chris Hughton’s team behind after just 12 minutes.
Matthew Ryan, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Dale Stephens, Davy Propper and Pascal Gross all started their 16th Premier League game of the season - the only six players to start every league game for the Seagulls. Despite there being lots of changes out wide, the core of Albion’s team has remained unchanged since the opening game against Manchester City in August.
After playing a handful of games for Albion’s under-23s in the last few months, the striker returned to take his place on the substitutes’ bench at the John Smith’s Stadium. The forward is closing in on his first Premier League appearance after a frustrating start to the season, and it could come at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening against Tottenham Hotspur.
With both Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray both on four yellow cards, the pair came through the game without picking up a suspension-unlocking fifth caution of the season. Lewis Dunk and Bruno have both accumulated three yellow cards so far this campaign, but also got through another 90 minutes without a booking - as referee Stuart Atwell didn’t have to go to his pocket once for either side.