Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League campaign began with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday 12th August 2017 at the Amex Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men would go on to win the title with an impressive 100 points, and their campaign would begin with a victory, as second-half strikes from Sergio Aguero and a Lewis Dunk own goal gave them their first three points of the season.
Seven days later, goals from Shinji Okazaki and Harry Maguire would condemn Chris Hughton’s men to a second defeat of the campaign as the Seagulls lost 2-0 to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, before a first win of the season arrived three days later.
Hughton rang the changes for the visit of Barnet to the Amex Stadium in the Carabao Cup second round, and a second-half strike from James Tilley – his first in senior football, ensured Albion progressed to the next stage of the competition.
A first Premier League point for the Seagulls was sealed in the final game of the month against Watford at Vicarage Road.
The home side saw Miguel Britos shown a straight red card for a challenge on Anthony Knockaert during the first half, and despite their numerical advantage Albion weren’t able to take all three points, but they were off the mark for the campaign nonetheless.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH:
Having replaced Anthony Knockaert at the break against the Bees, 19-year-old James Tilley notched the game’s only goal and in doing so, got off the mark in senior football.
The forward had made his senior Albion debut back in May 2015 against Middlesbrough, and 27 months later he got himself on the scoresheet to set up a third round tie with AFC Bournemouth the following month.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
James Tilley after scoring against Barnet in the Carabao Cup.
“My mum and dad were in the crowd, and it was brilliant for them to see that at the Amex.”