Brighton & Hove Albion played five matches in the month of February during the 2018/19 campaign, two of which were in the Emirates FA Cup as the side reached the quarter-finals of the competition for a second consecutive season.
Albion 0 Watford 0
The month began with the Seagulls hosting Watford at the Amex Stadium, and it was the home side who began the game brightest, bumping into what would turn out to be a man-of-the-match performance from Ben Foster in the Hornets’ goal.
The keeper’s best save of the opening period came from a Jurgen Locadia header at the back post, and he was in similar form after the restart, denying the Dutchman again in the second period.
Florin Andone drew the goalkeeper into another smart stop soon after, and Yves Bissouma drilled an effort narrowly over as the spoils were shared.
West Brom 1 Albion 3 (AET)
Albion headed to the Midlands for their Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay looking to secure a spot in the last 16 of the competition – but fell behind with 13 minutes left of normal time to play.
Kyle Bartley capitalised on a ball into the area not being cleared, and the central defender poked home at the far post to give the home side the lead.
But no sooner had they fallen behind, the Seagulls were level once more – And one skipped clear of the home defence after taken advantage of a breakdown in communication and calmly slotted home to send the tie into extra time.
Glenn Murray put the visitors into the lead in the 104th minute after good work from Locadia, before adding a well-taken second goal of the night three minutes from time to send the Seagulls into the hat for the last 16.
Albion 1 Burnley 3
Albion contested their second league game on home soil in as many weeks but fell behind to a 26th minute goal from former striker Chris Wood at the Amex Stadium – despite going close through both Solly March and Pascal Gross in the opening exchanges on the south coast.
March and Shane Duffy then found Tom Heaton in fine form in the visiting goal, before Wood added a second for him and the Clarets after the restart as he slotted beyond Maty Ryan.
Ashley Barnes then added a third from the penalty spot after Ryan was adjudged to have fouled the forward as he entered the area, and despite a late goal from Duffy the Seagulls were unable to get anything from a frustrating afternoon.
Albion 2 Derby County 1
The side’s Emirates FA Cup campaigned continued with another home tie against Sky Bet Championship opposition – this time pitting the Seagulls against Frank Lampard’s Derby County on the south coast in the last 16 of the competition.
Anthony Knockaert fired the Seagulls in front after 33 minutes, latching onto Bissouma’s well timed ball into the area from the right and sweeping the ball home to put Albion ahead.
The home side’s lead was to be doubled before the interval, as Locadia reacted quickest inside the area after Bissouma had seen a fine effort come back off the post – poking the ball into the empty net.
Ashley Cole pulled one back late on for the visitors, but it was Albion who saw the game out to book themselves a place in the quarter-finals.
Leicester City 2 Albion 1
February ended with a trip to face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium – the same setting of Albion’s first Premier League away game from the previous campaign.
Demarai Gray put the Foxes ahead after ten minutes when he slotted the ball under Ryan, with the Australian stopper also having to get down well to another effort from the midfielder soon after to keep the deficit at one goal.
Knockaert was brilliantly denied by Kasper Schmeichel in the home goal at the other end before the break, before Murray fired over from close range inside the area after the restart as the Seagulls continued to press for an equalising goal.
But they were to be hit with a sucker punch soon after, as Jamie Vardy capped off a quick move from the hosts to double their advantage on 63 minutes, latching onto a through ball from James Maddison and finishing well.
Davy Propper would get the Seagulls on the scoresheet three minutes later, firing beyond Schmeichel well for his first goal for the club, but the visitors couldn’t go on to find a leveller and ended up on the end of a narrow defeat.