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FIVE THINGS: STOKE CITY

21 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Five things we learned from Albion's draw with Stoke.

Cornered in
Known for their physical presence, Stoke packed the six-yard box at corners, making the task of man-marking a difficult one. The Albion defence were eventually undone for the Potters’ second goal when Choupo-Moting won the first ball, heading it into the path of Kurt Zouma to equalise. Chris Hughton said, “The set pieces were tough to defend. We showed resilience to come back from that type of blow. But we came back and that's important.”

Predatory Pascal
Pascal Gross continues to shine as he netted his third goal of the season, turning in Davy Propper’s low cross. The German has now played a part in eight of Brighton’s 13 Premier League goals, recording five assists and three goals. Having signed for just £3m, Albion’s number 13 is a serious contender for signing of the summer. Post-match, he signposted his efforts on the training ground as the labour for his fruits: “So far I have done well. I try hard every training session. We are also a good team and we fight every game for our points.”

That’s the way, Jose
Jose Izquierdo’s electric pace was causing the Potters all sorts of problems and forced right wing-back Mame Biram Diouf to tuck in and defend. On the hour mark, the former Club Brugge man finally got on the scoresheet with a low drive under Grant for his second goal of the season. The Colombian completed two take-ons and three crosses alongside his well-taken strike.
 
Good character
The Seagulls showed great spirit to twice come back twice from behind. Considering the home side were dominating the early exchanges it hurt the morale to concede first. For that to be repeated once more at half time was another blow. The boss said: “Credit to us, when you concede a goal just before half time, it changes the team talk, but they came out and were desperate to get back in this game.”

Five in a row
Albion are now unbeaten in five Premier League games. The Stoke performance was also the first time a side has scored two at the Amex since table-toppers Manchester City won 2-0 on the opening day. Dale Stephens reflected on the rise in standards the side holds for itself, saying: "Performances have been good, but we've not been beaten tonight and we're disappointed - that shows how far we've come."


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