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9 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray in action against Huddersfield Town.
  • Steve Mounie nets first-half double for Huddersfield
  • Maty Ryan makes string of second-half stops
  • Izquierdo and Propper go closest in second period
  • Result leaves the Seagulls 13th in the Premier League 

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium.

A first-half brace from Steve Mounie had the hosts ahead at the break, and although Albion put in a better second-half performance, they left Yorkshire empty handed.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the starting eleven that faced Liverpool seven days earlier – Markus Suttner replaced Gaetan Bong and Ezequiel Schelotto came into the side in place of Anthony Knockaert.

There were also places on the bench for the duo of Sam Baldock and Uwe Huenemeier as Hughton rotated his squad.

The first chance of the game fell to the Seagulls, but Glenn Murray’s powerful header from Dale Stephens’ cross from the right was flagged offside – although it needed a good save from Jonas Lossl nonetheless.

The hosts fashioned their first opportunity eight minutes in, as Mounie volleyed goalwards after Shane Duffy’s header had run loose – but Maty Ryan was down to his left well in the Albion goal to strongly parry the effort. 

With their tails up, the Terriers took the lead on 12 minutes – and it was Mounie who converted.

Chris Lowe’s in-swinging corner from the right was flicked on by Christopher Schindler and the ball was bundled home by the unmarked striker at the far post.

At the other end, a Pascal Gross corner was knocked down by Duffy but Stephens missed his kick as the ball ran loose.

The hosts then doubled their advantage as Mounie scored again for the Terriers three minutes before the break.

Ryan punched clear another Lowe corner but as the ball was swung back into the area, Mathias Zanka nodded it back across the box and Mounie had another simple finish from close range.  

Solly March replaced Schelotto at the break and the substitute was involved straight away as he laid the ball on for Bruno to cross at the byline – but Zanka cleared the danger before Gross then saw an effort well blocked. 

Davy Propper was the next Seagulls player to take aim from the edge of the area, but his volley sailed well over Lossl’s crossbar.

Huddersfield’s captain Tommy Smith then delivered a cross five minutes before the hour mark, but as Tom Ince flicked the ball towards goal, Ryan did well to block before Bruno cleared.

Ince and Ryan locked horns again soon after but once again the Albion keeper came out on top as he denied the midfielder at his near post.

Jose Izquierdo then replaced Gross in Albion's second change, before March beat two men before cutting inside and firing over.

Izzy Brown made way for Tomer Hemed with 17 minutes left to play, then Ince fired across goal and over having beaten Lewis Dunk in a one-on-one from the edge of the area.

Izquierdo's low effort was easily gathered by Lossl, and Murray then curled one into the keeper's grateful clutches on 80 minutes.

Bruno misjudged a through ball to allow Ince to draw Ryan into another smart save, before Terriers boss David Wagner withdrew Mounie for Laurent Depoitre and then the lively Ince for Joe Lolley.

Danny Williams was the home side's final change as he replaced Elias Kachunga, and that was to be the last action of the afternoon.

The result leaves Albion in 13th position in the top flight, and next on the agenda for Hughton's men is a trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno ©, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner; Brown (Hemed 73), Stephens, Propper, Schelotto (March 45); Gross (Izquierdo 63), Murray.

Subs not used: Krul, Huenemeier, Kayal, Baldock.

Huddersfield line-up: Lossl; Smith ©,  Zanka, Schindler, Lowe; Hogg, Mooy, Quaner, Ince (Lolley 87), Mounie (Depoitre 85), Kachunga (Williams 89).   

Subs not used: Coleman, Whitehead, Cranie, Hadergjonaj.

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