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3 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross after scoring the winning goal against Watford.

December was Brighton & Hove Albion’s busiest months of the season, as Chris Hughton’s team had seven Premier League matches before 2018 got underway.


It proved to be a difficult opening to the month, as the Seagulls suffered their heaviest defeat of the season against Liverpool at the Amex Stadium - Jurgen Klopp’s team ran out 5-1 winners.

Emre Can’s opener and Roberto Firmino's brace put the visitors on their way to victory, and despite Glenn Murray pulling a goal back, Liverpool added another two through Philippe Coutinho and a Lewis Dunk own goal.

The Seagulls then faced back-to-back away fixtures at Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur, but no points were taken from either match, as Hughton’s men were twice beaten 2-0 on the road.

Albion produced an encouraging display at Wembley Stadium against Spurs, but Son Heung-Min’s late goal cancelled out any chance of an equaliser, despite the best efforts of Hughton’s team.

The Seagulls needed a result to end their three-match losing run, and a goalless draw against Burnley did exactly that - however it could have been a whole lot better at the Amex.

A first-half penalty was awarded to Albion and Murray had the chance of breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute, but the striker’s spot-kick rose over the crossbar to Burnley’s relief.

But a first victory of the month came in the following game when Watford visited the south coast, and it was a goal from Pascal Gross that secured all three points for the Seagulls in a 1-0 win.

Hughton’s side travelled to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day for a tough fixture against the 2016/17 Premier League champions Chelsea, and Antonio Conte’s men sealed a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso.

The month ended with a visit to Newcastle United, and the Seagulls were forced to settle for a point, as the sides played out an uneventful goalless draw at St James’ Park.


Thanks to a strike from Pascal Gross, Albion’s seven-game run without a victory came to an end just before Christmas, ahead of a daunting visit to Stamford Bridge.

With a number of players out injured, Watford visited the south coast in a vulnerable condition and the German’s low effort into the bottom corner made sure Albion took full advantage.


Pascal Gross said, “The worst thing you can do is think about why we haven’t scored or why we haven’t won - you just have to keep going and believe in yourself."

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