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FIVE THINGS: SWANSEA CITY

5 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy rise to attack a corner.

Brighton & Hove Albion overcame Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and here are five things we learned from the game:

Away double

Albion secured their first back-to-back away victories in the Premier League, but also their first in the top flight of English football since doing so back in 1981, when they overcame Crystal Palace and Sunderland. If Albion are to go one better and record a hat-trick of top-flight wins, they’ll have to get the better of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Old Trafford after the international break.

Murray’s mint

At the age of 34, Glenn Murray continued to prove his worth in the Premier League, as he sneaked into the six-yard box to convert from Anthony Knockaert’s wonderful delivery. It took the striker onto four goals in three games, adding to his brace at West Ham United and equaliser against Southampton. The forward worked hard in both directions and received a well-deserved applause from the Albion faithful as Tomer Hemed replaced him in the 79th minute.

Wonderful Wales

Shane Duffy enjoyed a second successful trip to south Wales this season, as the Albion defender added another 1-0 victory to his collection, after his man-of-the-match performance for the Republic of Ireland against Wales last month. The 25-year-old gave a solid performance alongside Lewis Dunk in the heart of Albion’s defence, as the Seagulls kept their fourth clean sheet of the season.

Take a break

The Seagulls have now won, drawn and lost going into the opening three international breaks of the season. A 0-0 draw led into the first, before a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates at the start of October, but Glenn Murray’s winning goal at the Liberty Stadium ensured Chris Hughton’s team would head into November’s break in fine spirits.

Former Seagulls flying high

All of the goals in the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League were scored by former Albion players. Rajiv van La Parra, Steve Cook, and Sam Vokes all scored the decisive goals in 1-0 victories for Huddersfield Town, AFC Bournemouth and Burnley over West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and Southampton respectively.


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