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2018/19 SEASON REVIEW: DECEMBER

8 June 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Leon Balogun celebrates his goal against Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion began the busy month of December with back-to-back Premier League victories, including a memorable night against Crystal Palace, before ending 2018 with another three points at the Amex Stadium.

Huddersfield Town 1 Albion 2

Albion got off to a nightmare start at the John Smith’s Stadium when Zanka headed home inside the opening minute of the game, but a 32nd-minute straight red card for Steve Mounie invited a comeback from the Seagulls.

Shane Duffy attacked Solly March’s cross with a bullet header to equalise in first-half stoppage time, before Florin Andone scored his first Premier League goal in the 69th minute from another March delivery.

Albion 3 Crystal Palace 1

Glenn Murray kept his cool from the penalty spot to put Albion ahead against their bitter rivals on the south coast, but a 28th-minute red card for Duffy meant the Seagulls would play the majority of the contest with ten men.

Despite this, Leon Balogun volleyed home with his first touch moments after coming on, and Andone raced through on goal in first-half stoppage time to stun the Eagles with a brilliant solo effort.

Luka Milivojevic pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 81st minute, but it was too little too late and the Seagulls ran out 3-1 winners on a atmospheric night at the Amex.

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Burnley 1 Albion 0

Four changes were made to the side that visited Turf Moor, as Bruno and Balogun came into defence, while Anthony Knockaert and Andone were deployed out wide and up front.

James Tarkowski put the Clarets ahead shortly before the break, and Jurgen Locadia had Albion’s best chance to equalise late on, but the Dutchman’s header looped over the target, meaning the Seagulls would leave Lancashire empty-handed.

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Albion 1 Chelsea 2

The visitors arrived at the Amex after sealing a 4-0 victory on the south coast the previous season, and the Blues found themselves comfortably ahead again when Pedro and Eden Hazard fired home inside 33 minutes.

March hooked the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 66th minute to restore hope, but despite a much-improved second-half display from the Seagulls, Mauricio Sarri’s side held on for the points.

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Bournemouth 2 Albion 0

There were three changes for Albion’s trip to the Vitality Stadium shorty before Christmas — Locadia, Andone and Yves Bissouma all came into the side, with Locadia starting out wide.

But a brace that came either side of half-time from David Brooks put a share of the spoils out of sight for the Seagulls, especially after Lewis Dunk’s 73rd-minute sending off for a second yellow card.

Albion 1 Arsenal 1

Duffy, Dale Stephens and Murray returned for Arsenal’s trip to the Amex on Boxing Day, but the Seagulls got off to a disappointing start when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring after just seven minutes.

However, in the 35th minute, Locadia raced onto Davy Propper’s searching pass and rounded Gunners shot-stopper Bernd Leno to equalise, which proved enough to earn a point for the Seagulls against top-six opposition.

Albion 1 Everton 0

With Maty Ryan away for the Asia Cup, David Button came into the side for his Premier League debut against the Merseyside club, while Dunk and Andone also retuned for the Seagulls.

Despite the Toffees hitting the woodwork twice after the break, a tight affair was decided by Locadia’s close-range strike on the hour mark, which meant Albion would end 2018 on a high.


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