Brighton & Hove Albion opened their second season in the Premier League with a trip to Vicarage Road on the opening day of the campaign, and although it wasn’t the desired performance and result, the Seagulls bounced back in tremendous fashion a week later.
Watford 2 Albion 0
With a handful of new faces in the squad, including Bernardo, Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Albion came up against Watford and almost took the lead when Dale Stephens fired just wide from inside the box.
But after 35 minutes Roberto Pereyra volleyed the Hornets in front, and when the winger added a second after the break, the Seagulls were unable to produce a response and left Vicarage Road empty-handed.
Albion 3 Manchester United 2
Looking for a reaction, the Seagulls returned to the Amex Stadium for the visit of Manchester United, who they had beaten 1-0 on the south coast just a few months earlier to retain their Premier League status.
Albion stunned Jose Mourinho’s side with two goals inside the opening half hour, with Glenn Murray beating David de Gea with a clever finish, before Shane Duffy slammed home his first Premier League goal.
Romelu Lukaku replied for the Red Devils, but Pascal Gross converted from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time to reopen Albion’s two-goal advantage.
The Seagulls defended well to keep their lead intact throughout the second half, and although Paul Pogba scored a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time, it proved to be only a consolation as Albion secured a memorable win.
Liverpool 1 Albion 0
Despite an impressive display from the Seagulls at Anfield, a 23rd-minute effort from Premier League joint-top goalscorer Mohamed Salah was just enough to deny Albion a share of the spoils.
Leon Balogun and Bissouma were handed their first starts in the Premier League, but after the latter was caught in possession, the hosts broke quickly to find Salah and the Egyptian cooly opened the scoring.
Pascal Gross had a glorious chance to nick a late equaliser for the Seagulls in the 88th minute, but the German’s header from Martin Montoya’s cross was well-saved by Liverpool shot-stopper Alisson.
Albion 0 Southampton 1
Albion’s Carabao Cup opener against Southampton at the Amex saw three under-23 players — Will Collar, Ben Barclay and Viktor Gyokeres — handed their first-team debuts.
David Button and Jahanbakhsh were also given their first starts for the club after joining in the summer, while young striker Aaron Connolly took his place on the bench.
Gyokeres had a couple of chances to break the deadlock for Albion, while Bernardo came to Button’s rescue late on with a clearance off the goal line, but it was Charlie Austin’s 88th-minute strike that booked Southampton’s place in the next round.