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2018/19 SEASON REVIEW: SEPTEMBER

2 June 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray celebrates his late equaliser away to Southampton back in September.

Brighton & Hove Albion twice came from behind in the second month of the campaign, securing two dramatic 2-2 draws in the process.

Albion 2 Fulham 2

The first match of September saw the Seagulls host Fulham at the Amex Stadium, and after Glenn Murray was brought down early on inside the penalty area, Pascal Gross had the chance to give the home side the lead from the penalty spot.

But Marcus Bettinelli saved the German’s effort and it was then the away side who went ahead through Andre Schurrle two minutes before half-time, as the German fired home from inside the box.

Aleksandar Mitrovic doubled the west Londoners’ advantage after the restart after Maty Ryan had saved the striker’s original effort, before Glenn Murray pulled a goal back five minutes later after being teed up by Anthony Knockaert inside the area.

The forward would then draw the Seagulls level with six minutes to go from the penalty spot, as Mitrovic was penalised for handball, which ensured the spoils were shared on the south coast.

Southampton 2 Albion 2

Just over a fortnight later the Seagulls made the short trip to face Southampton at St Mary’s, and it was the home side who took the lead through Pierre Hojbjerg’s long-range effort ten minutes before half-time.

Danny Ings doubled the advantage after the break, before Shane Duffy scored his second goal of the season just two minutes later, heading in Knockaert’s free-kick from the right-hand side to halve the deficit.

James Ward-Prowse then bundled over the Irish defender inside the area in added time to give Murray the chance to score his second penalty in as many matches, and the striker made no mistake as he converted past Alex McCarthy to spark wild scenes of celebration in front of the travelling Albion contingent.

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Albion 1 Tottenham 2

Tottenham Hotspur were the side’s penultimate opponents of the month, and Harry Kane put the north London side ahead in the first half after the away team had been awarded a penalty for a handball from Kieran Trippier’s free-kick.

Erik Lamela then doubled the advantage against the run of play in the second half at the Amex Stadium, as the Argentinian fired home Danny Rose’s cross from the left - the home side had twice gone close through Duffy and Knockaert moments beforehand.

The Frenchman pulled a goal back deep into added time, cutting in from the right and firing into the far corner – and the wide man had another chance with virtually the last kick of the game, but Gazzaniga saved his effort to secure victory for the visitors.

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Manchester City 2 Albion 0

The final game of September saw the side travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City, and it was the eventual champions who took the lead just before the half-hour mark courtesy of Raheem Sterling, who tapped in Leroy Sane’s cross at the back post after a quick counter-attack.

Sergio Aguero would put the match beyond doubt with 25 minutes left to play, exchanging passes with Sterling before finishing coolly from inside the penalty area to bring the month to a close.


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