Brighton & Hove Albion experienced a mixed run of fortunes in January, as the club progressed to the Emirates FA Cup fifth round, but a patchy run of league form saw the Seagulls extend their winless run to six games.
The month began with an eventful New Year’s Day clash with AFC Bournemouth at the Amex.
Anthony Knockaert gave Albion a fifth-minute lead, before former Seagull Steve Cook headed the Cherries back onto level terms with 33 minutes played. Glenn Murray then re-took the lead for
Albion three minutes after the re-start before Callum Wilson bundled the ball home in the 79th minute to make it 2-2.
The Seagulls were back at the Amex a week later in the Emirates FA Cup third round, as goals from Dale Stephens and Murray either side of Bakary Sako’s equaliser sealed Albion’s progress to round four.
Back-to-back league defeats followed at the hands of West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea respectively. Goals from Johnny Evans and Craig Dawson gave the Baggies a 2-0 win at the Hawthorns, before Eden Hazard’s brace and a goal each from Willian and Victor Moses earned Chelsea a 4-0 victory at the Amex.
Murray scored his third goal of the month when his last-minute strike claimed a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at The Riverside, as George Friend’s clearance ricocheted off the Albion frontman and sealed a place in the fifth round.
The month’s action concluded at St Mary’s, where Albion shared the spoils in a hard-fought 1-1 draw away at Southampton. Murray continued his fruitful month after giving Albion the lead from the penalty spot, but Jack Stephens headed home from James Ward-Prowse’s free kick to ensure the game ended with the points shared.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
Albion overcame rivals Crystal Palace 2-1 at the Amex to claim a first win of 2018.
Stephens broke the deadlock in the 25th minute after latching onto Ezequiel Schelotto’s cross and seeing his close-range strike squirm past Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal.
Despite Albion’s dominance, Palace struck next when Sako his long-range strike clip in off the post in the 69th minute.
But Murray ensured Albion had the last laugh when the ball clipped in off his knee from Uwe Huenemeier’s headed back across goal with 87 minutes gone.
It wasn't all good news though, as Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown was forced off with a knee injury and would not feature for the club again.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Glenn Murray after the win over Palace,"That was one for the fans, it meant a lot to them and it's good to get a win.”