Brighton Hove & Albion recorded their first-ever Premier League victory with a 3-1 scoreline against West Bromwich Albion at the Amex yesterday, and here are five things we learned.
Premier League calibre
Before today, the Seagulls hadn’t scored a Premier League goal in their opening three games. The tables were finally turned on Saturday, as Brighton made club history by recording their first ever Premier League win in style, scoring three well-taken goals before West Brom’s consolation.
Pascal Gross put in a superb man-of-the-match performance against the Baggies, scoring twice and making one assist. His brace put Albion 2-0 in front, before his perfectly-weighted cross to the near post set up Tomer Hemed to make it 3-0 with a header.
The Amex is rocking
The Amex has not heard a much louder roar than the one that the home crowd made in the 45th minute, as Gross stabbed in Albion's first-ever Premier League goal. Seagulls fans have had to wait until matchday four to see the Albion score, but the elation and feeling within the stadium when the ball hit the back of the net almost made it all feel worth it.
Another positive to take was the Seagulls’ steeliness once West Brom pulled a goal back. The players didn’t panic and managed to hold out for the last 15 minutes of the game whilst the Baggies tried to force their way back into the contest. Mathew Ryan also made a crucial save in added time as Brighton held on for the win.
Breaking down barriers
It’s not often that a team can score three goals against a Tony Pulis side, but Chris Hughton's men did just that. Pulis’s teams are often known for their dogged determination and rugged defensive tactics, but Albion's attacking prowess proved to be too much in the end.