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2018/19 SEASON REVIEW: MARCH

19 June 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert celebrates with his teammates after his goal at Selhurst Park.

Brighton & Hove Albion enjoyed three wins from four matches in the month of March during the 2018/19 season – including two vital Premier League victories.

Albion 1 Huddersfield 0

Huddersfield Town were the visitors to the Amex Stadium for the first match of the month, and a second half header from Florin Andone proved to be the difference between the two sides.

The Romanian forward rose highest inside the area to nod Anthony Knockaert’s cross past Jonas Lossl in the visiting goal to spark scenes of wild celebration on the south coast and clinch the side’s first league win of the new calendar year.

Crystal Palace 1 Albion 2

Seven days later Albion made the journey up the A23 to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and the outcome was the same as the Seagulls picked up what would prove to be another vital three points off their rivals come the end of the campaign.

Glenn Murray latched onto a long ball over the top in the first half, and when James Tomkins misjudged the flight of the pass, the striker kept his cool in spectacular fashion to angle a perfectly cushioned volley into the back of the net against his former club and give Albion the lead.

Luka Milivojevic would equalise from the penalty spot for the home side five minutes after the restart, but the Seagulls would retake the lead 14 minutes from time, and in some style.

Dale Stephens produced a trademark cross-field pass to find Knockaert over on the right-hand side, and the Frenchman skipped past the challenges and attention of the home defence to thunder in a shot off the far post – it was a strike that would turn out to be a very worthy winner of the club’s ‘Goal of the Season’ award for the campaign.

Millwall 2 Albion 2 (Albion win 5-4 on penalties AET)

London was once again the destination eight days later, as the Seagulls took on Millwall in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup at The Den, with a place at Wembley Stadium at stake for the winners in the last four.

Second half goals from Alex Pearce and Aiden O’Brien looked to be sending Neil Harris’s men through to the semi-finals, but what was to unfold soon after will live long in the memory for Seagulls supporters.

Jurgen Locadia fired home on the turn with two minutes of normal time remaining to halve the deficit, before Solly March’s free-kick found it’s way into the back of the net with virtually the last kick of normal time soon after to send the tie into an extra 30 minutes.

After the scores were level after extra time, it came down to a penalty shootout to decide the dramatic contest.

Locadia, March, Davy Propper, Stephens and Lewis Dunk all converted for the Seagulls after Murray had seen the first spot-kick of the shootout saved – Maty Ryan also saved from Mahlon Romeo before Jake Cooper fired over the crossbar to mean Albion were on their way to Wembley Stadium.

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Albion 0 Southampton 1

The month ended with Albion hosting Southampton at the Amex Stadium, but it would be the away side who headed back along the south coast with three points - Pierre Emerick-Hojbjerg’s goal eight minutes after half-time was the difference between the sides as he slotted beyond Ryan to give the Saints a 1-0 win.


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