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10 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion get ready for another set-piece at the John Smith's Stadium.

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.

Brown reception

The Chelsea loanee received a warm welcome from Huddersfield’s supporters at the John Smith’s Stadium, after making his first return since playing 21 games for the Terriers last season in the Sky Bet Championship. Brown was given a standing ovation from the home fans and had his name sang from the stands - a nice show of appreciation towards the 20-year-old.

Set-piece defending

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.

Consistent spine

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.

Baldock back

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.

Caution free

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.

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