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AUGUST IN REVIEW: FIRST TEAM

6 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Fans can now cast their vote for the 2018/19 Player of the Season award.

Brighton & Hove Albion played three times in the Premier League and once in the Carabao Cup during the first month of the 2018/19 campaign.

The season began with a 2-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road, as Roberto Pereyra’s brace gave the home side three points.

The midfielder volleyed the Hornets into a first-half lead ten minutes before the break, before scoring again nine minutes after the restart to give Javia Gracia's men a victory on the opening day.

Eight days later Manchester United visited the Amex Stadium – just as they had done in the final home game of the previous season, in a game that had seen Chris Hughton's men seal Premier League survival, and it was Albion who were once again victorious in front of the Sky Sports cameras on the south coast.

A free-flowing move ended in the Seagulls opening the scoring on 25 minutes, with Glenn Murray grabbing his first goal of the new season. 

The striker made a clever run to the near post and flicked Solly March’s cross over David De Gea to hand Hughton’s side the lead, before Shane Duffy doubled the advantage just two minutes later with his first-ever Premier League strike, firing home from inside the area.

 

Romelu Lukaku would pull a goal back for the visitors seven minutes later, before Pascal Gross’s penalty in front of the North Stand gave the home side a restored a two-goal cushion at the interval. 

The second half was quieter, and despite Paul Pogba’s injury-time penalty for Jose Mourinho’s side, it was the Seagulls who claimed their first three points of the season with a 3-2 win.

Merseyside was the destination for Albion in the final league contest of the month, with Liverpool providing the opposition.

A valiant showing at Anfield was however in vain, as Mohammed Salah’s first-half goal was the difference between the two sides as Jurgen Klopp’s team hung on for victory. Albion pushed hard in the closing stages for an equaliser and Gross forced a superb save from summer arrival Alisson in the home goal – but the hosts went away with the win.

Southampton visited the Amex Stadium in the final week of the month for a Carabao Cup tie, and it was a game that saw the quartet of David Button, Ben Barclay, Will Collar and Viktor Gyokeres all make their first-team debuts for the club.

It took a late goal from visiting forward Charlie Austin to win a contest that had seemingly looked destined for a penalty shootout to round off the month of August.


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