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FIVE THINGS: SOUTHAMPTON

30 October 2017

Bennett Dean
Davy Propper leaps to contest an aerial duel with Manolo Gabbiadini.

Brighton & Hove Albion extended their unbeaten run to three games against Southampton at the Amex on Sunday, and here are five things we learned from the game.

Resurgent Murray

After Sunday’s equaliser, Glenn Murray has now scored 14 Premier League goals, half of those have come with his head. The striker worked hard to retain possession at the Amex, drawing a number of fouls, before showing the quality needed from close range to head past Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Murray has shown his reliability in front of goal in the previous two games, as he came into the side for Tomer Hemed, who will now look for his own chances to return.

Badly kept secret

Pascal Gross started the season relatively unknown to the masses but is now picked by 16.3% of players on the official Premier League Fantasy football. His two goals and five assists have not gone unnoticed, with only David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne creating more goals in the league this season.

Chris Hughton praised the German, saying: “In Premier League terms, there is not an awful lot you can get for £3 million. I have to praise the scouts for making me aware of him.”

Great expectations

Since the step up to the top flight, Albion have performed above expectations. Speaking after the game against Southampton, stalwart Lewis Dunk spoke about the important start to the season: “We were coming into the unknown. To get 12 points from 10 games is a good return for us.”

Spreading their wings

Southampton’s full-backs barely got a moment’s rest, as Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo tested their mettle all game, with the pair whipping 11 of Albion’s 21 crosses into the opposition box. Izquierdo spoke of his penchant for cutting in on the left, saying: “I prefer the left side and going directly inside to shoot. I’m trying to have an association with Pascal [Gross] and Davy [Propper] to attack effectively.”

Home sweet home

Since the opening day loss to table-toppers Manchester City, Brighton have gone four games unbeaten at home, picking up eight of their 12 points. Before the game, injured midfielder Steve Sidwell explained how integral a solid home record is to avoid relegation: “At home we back ourselves against anyone, it's been a bit of a fortress in the past few years."


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