Brighton & Hove Albion claimed their first-ever away victory in the Premier League during the third month of the season, as Chris Hughton’s team picked up five points from four matches.
Victory over Newcastle United at the end of September was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the beginning of October, when goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi made the difference.
But the Seagulls returned to the Amex Stadium a week later and extended their unbeaten home run to four matches, despite being denied all three points in the 90th minute.
Anthony Knockaert fired his first Premier League goal of the season in the 82nd minute to give Albion a narrow lead against Everton, but the visitors were awarded a penalty in the closing stages.
Wayne Rooney stepped up and confidently dispatched the penalty past Mathew Ryan to secure a share of the spoils and prevent the Seagulls from securing a hat-trick of league home wins.
But the late disappointment was all but forgotten when Hughton’s men made their first visit to the London Stadium - a memorable night which saw the Seagulls win their first Premier League game on the road.
Glenn Murray headed home the opener from Pascal Gross’s free-kick, before Jose Izquierdo curled a wonderful effort past West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart to make it 2-0 before the break.
Murray added a third goal in the second half from the penalty spot, and the Seagulls climbed further up the Premier League table in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
The month ended with another 1-1 draw at the Amex, and again it was Murray who found the back of the net for Hughton’s side, after Steven Davis gave Southampton an early lead on the south coast.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH:
The Seagulls enjoyed a memorable night at the London Stadium, as Glenn Murray’s brace and a goal from Jose Izquierdo claimed a 3-0 victory against West Ham United.
Izquierdo’s stunning strike was his first for the club, and Murray bagged the first and second of his 14 goals for the Seagulls across all competitions during the 2017/18 campaign.
The victory moved Albion into tenth position in the Premier League, as Hughton celebrated his 100th match as a Premier League manager with all three points.
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Chris Hughton said, “They’ve been outstanding. Lewis Dunk has developed hugely as a player over these years, not just under me but before as well. He’s found a partner in Duffy, they know each other’s games and are good friends as well.”