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2016/17 SEASON REVIEW: FEBRUARY

12 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy celebrates his equalising goal at Griffin Park.

February included three games against Brighton & Hove Albion’s closest promotion rivals at the time - Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town and Reading - and the month began with a Thursday night fixture at the John Smith’s Stadium in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
 
Unfortunately, the Seagulls were beaten 3-1 as the Terriers produced an inspired performance in front of their home supporters, as goals from Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga swung the game in Huddersfield’s favour after Tomer Hemed cancelled out Tommy Smith’s opener.

Another away trip followed for Chris Hughton’s team, and it was another enthralling contest that saw the Seagulls take a point against Brentford at Griffin Park. David Stockdale produced his third penalty save of the season to prevent the Bees from going three goals ahead, as Solly March and Shane Duffy scored to level the game at 2-2.
 
Brentford looked to have broken Albion hearts in the 94th minute when Konstantin Kerschbaumer found the back of the net from long range, but there was still time for Hemed to level the game at 3-3 with a bullet header deep into stoppage time, as Albion’s supporters celebrated the Israeli’s 97th-minute goal.

Albion returned to winning ways with a convincing 4-1 victory over Burton Albion at the Amex, as Hemed (2), Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray all got their names on the scoresheet. Hemed then scored in his fourth consecutive game to peg back Ipswich Town at the Amex, but the Seagulls were unable to find a winning goal, as the game finished 1-1.
 
Without a win in their previous four away games, Albion travelled to Barnsley in search of all three points, and that’s exactly what they got. Baldock was the match winner at Oakwell, as the striker scored an impressive brace and celebrated his goals with a memorable ‘Mario Kart’ celebration.
 
But the month ended on a sour note, as Newcastle United emerged triumphant in a top-of-the-table clash at the Amex, after two goals in the final ten minutes from Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez cancelled out Murray's opener from the penalty spot.


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