Brighton into the FA Cup Fifth Round with Blackpool win

The Seasiders were conquerors of West Brom in Round Three but Neil Critchley’s side found themselves just edged out on the south coast.

Brighton did create the better chances earlier on as defensive pair Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster both nodded over.

And just as the Seagulls looked to be finally exerting control, midfielder star Yves Bissouma crashed home a magnificent opener.

However, despite struggling to make any inroads in the first 45, Blackpool levelled before the break, as Gary Madine scrapped home Luke Garbutt’s cross.

But Brighton refused to be deterred after the restart as Steven Alzate curled home a brilliant second.

Graham Potter’s side probably could and should have made it safe in the final 10 minutes as Neil Maupay tested Chris Maxwell but in the end they had enough to squeeze over the line.

Full Time from the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 2 Blackpool 1

Graham Potter believes Aaron Connolly will be better for current goal struggles

Republic of Ireland international Connolly has registered just once all season and was guilty of a glaring miss in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with bottom club Sheffield United.

Albion are desperate for greater firepower as they bid to move away from the wrong end of the table having scored only eight times in their past 10 games.

Potter is confident, however, that the 20-year-old can overcome recent struggles.

“He’s a young player that is learning his trade in the toughest league in the world,” said Potter.

“All forwards miss chances, it’s part of the life of a striker.

Danny Welbeck and Solly March are the only Albion players to have found the net from open play in the past seven games, with Pascal Gross contributing two penalties during that period.

Brighton face West Ham at 14:15 on Sunday as The Seagulls look for their first win in 5 league games.

Potter expects a tough test from David Moyes’ Hammers and, despite his side’s unconvincing form, feels his players will approach the game with confidence.

“It will be a difficult game, because David Moyes’ teams are always very well-organised and strong from set-pieces.

“They’ve got the points they have because they can mix the game up well and they’re a strong side.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge.” Said Potter ahead of the clash.

Premier League Preview: West Ham United v Brighton

The Hammers have seen their form tail off in December with David Moyes winning just once this month.

But despite that indifferent run of results, Moyes is like to keep faith with the bulk of his stars against the Seagulls with Said Benrahma the only likely change.

As for Brighton, Graham Potter’s team have slipped down to the brink of the drop zone of late and the visitors are in desperate need of a result here.

Goals have been the real issue for Potter over the last run of matches, and he could bring Danny Welbeck in from the start.

But it’s bad news for flying full back Tariq Lamptey who misses with a thigh problem.

And Kick Off in this one is at 2.15pm on December 27th at the London Stadium.

Sheffield United held to frustrating 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton

But a late goal from substitute Danny Welbeck held the luckless Blades to a 1-1 draw.

Both sides struggled to get into a rhythm in the opening half hour with Aaron Connolly scuffed effort and David McGoldrick’s clever free kick the only real chances.

But a slow burner of a tie drifting to half time, Chris Wilder’s task was made even harder as John Lundstram was sent off for a lunge at Joel Veltman.

United were forced to dig in after restart before Jadon Bogle buried his first Blades goal on the hour.

McGoldrick did brilliantly to hold the ball up and slip in the former Derby man to smash past Robert Sanchez.

The Seagulls were swift in their response with Adam Webster bringing the best from Aaron Ramsdale and Connolly headed a gift-wrapped chance over the bar.

But with all the pressure being applied the Blades goal, they eventually cracked with five minutes left, as Welbeck sharply turned home a loose ball.

Brighton substitute Alireza Jahanbakhsh did almost net a bizarre own goal in added time but the Blades bad luck struck once again.

Full Time at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Sheffield United 1

Premier League Preview: Leicester City v Brighton

Brendan Rodgers’ side returned to winning ways at Sheffield United last weekend and he could stick with an unchanged team against the Seagulls.

James Maddison has shaken off a knock and should be OK to start and despite Timothy Castagne returning to training this week, James Justin should keep his place.

Brighton’s form has dipped in the last month, with Graham Potter’s team winning just once since September.

Potter has experimented with different systems to try and change that run of luck and he is expected to rotate once again against the Foxes.

Neil Maupay, Leandro Trossard and Davy Propper could all come in to start with Aaron Connolly, Danny Welbeck and Solly March potentially dropping out.

And Kick Off is set for 7.15pm tomorrow night at the King Power Stadium

Brighton fightback to secure 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool

Graham Potter’s side looked to be heading for defeat in the closing stages before Pascal Gross tucked home a 93rd minute spot kick.

Jurgen Klopp was left incensed by the decision at full time, but in truth, his side struggled to close the game out on the south coast.

The Seagulls were the better side in the opening half hour, with Aaron Connolly wasting a golden opportunity to put them in front.

However, the Irishman made amends on 22 minutes, as his industry inside the box won a penalty from Neco Williams.

But despite being handed another perfect chance to take the lead, Neil Maupay failed to test Alisson, as his poor penalty flew past the post.

Liverpool did shake themselves into life after the break, as Diogo Jota netted his ninth Reds goal to edge them ahead on the hour.

Mo Salah slipped him in on the edge of the box and the former Wolves man slalomed past two Brighton challenges and fired past Mat Ryan.

The game turned scrappy in the final quarter of an hour and with Liverpool unable to find a second, Brighton snatched a late point.

Andrew Robertson appeared to clip Danny Welbeck inside the area and Gross kept his cool to smash home.

Full Time at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 1 Liverpool 1

Brighton fight back to secure 2-1 Premier League win at Aston Villa

Goals in either half from Danny Welbeck and Solly March secured a vital three points for the Seagulls as Dean Smith’s Villa slip to a third defeat of the season.

Neither side created much in a busy opening quarter of an hour before Welbeck showed an ice cool calmness to put the visitors ahead.

Villa’s attempt to play a high offside trap were exposed by Adam Lallana’s through ball and Welbeck strode on an confidently chipped past Emiliano Martinez.

That early breakthrough opened the game up at both ends, with Bertrand Traore firing a brilliant chance against the post and Neil Maupay bringing the best from Martinez.

Villa worked hard to turn the tide after the restart, and Ezri Konsa deserved edged them level on 47 minutes.

Traore’s deep free kick evaded a line of Brighton defenders and Konsa bravely slid home at the back post.

But just as Villa looked on course to wrestle control of the game away from Brighton, March produced a brilliant strike on the hour.

Pascal Gross switched play to him on the edge of the box and with Villa unable to recover in time, he whipped a fantastic effort past Martinez.

But just as the game seemed to be drifting to a quiet end, referee Michael Oliver put himself right at the centre of the action in added time.

Firstly, he sent off Tariq Lamptey for two tired tackles on Jack Grealish before controversially awarding Villa a 93rd minute spot kick.

He originally awarded a penalty for March’s late challenge on Trezeuget inside the box, but in yet another VAR talking point this season, he opted to overturn the decision and hand Brighton all three points.
Full Time at Villa Park it’s Aston Villa 1 Brighton 2

Brighton held to 0-0 Premier League draw at home to Burnley

On a night of few chances on the south coast, Brighton can count themselves unlucky not to nick a win, whilst Burnley struggles continue.

The Seagulls were on top from the start in this one, as Tariq Lamptey’s effort just cleared the bar and Nick Pope denied Danny Welbeck.

Burnley did carve out one first chance, albeit with a huge slice of luck, as Matt Lowton’s deflected cross crept past Mat Ryan.

But the crossbar was to save the Australian’s blushes before the break.

Graham Potter’s side maintained the momentum after the restart as the hosts pushed for a breakthrough.

But it wasn’t to be the Seagulls night, as Mike Dean waved away two penalty shouts, and Neil Maupay wasted a late chance to win it.

Full Time on a low-key night at the AMEX Stadium it’s Brighton 0 Burnley 0

Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Brighton

Mourinho has promised big changes to his team following that loss in Belgium with up to six new faces in line to start against the Seagulls.

Toby Alderweireld and Matt Doherty are certain to return in defence with Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also pushing for a starting place.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min started on the bench against Antwerp and Spurs’ in form duo will be looking to continue their impressive recent form.

Brighton on the other hand are wildly out of form with Graham Potter’s side without a win in their last five matches.

And Potter has no new updates on the injury front with Alireza Jahanbaksh and Davy Propper still sidelined and skipper Lewis Dunk still suspended.

Kick off is a late one tomorrow night with a 7.15pm start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Premier League Preview: Brighton v West Brom

The visitors have picked up just two points on their return to the top-flight with hard fought draws against Chelsea and Burnley in recent weeks.

Slaven Bilic’s side were unlucky not to beat the Clarets last weekend and the Croatian boss is set for minor changes with Irish international duo Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson both expected to return to the side.

The hosts are also struggling for form heading into this one with Graham Potter’s side picking up one point in their last three games.

The Seagulls rallied late on at Crystal Palace last weekend and match winner Alexis MacAllister come in to start in this one.

Lewis Dunk misses out through suspension with Joel Veltman set to fill in and Pascal Gross and Aaron Connolly should also come back in.

Kick off is 5.15pm on Monday night at the AMEX Stadium.

Brighton secure late 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace

Wilf Zaha’s first half penalty looked to have decided a dull M23 derby, but Alexis MacAllister’s late strike nicked a valuable point for the Seagulls.

Neither side were to create much too in scrappy opening quarter with Brighton working hard to keep dangerman Zaha off the ball.

But despite managing to shackle him in open play, there was nothing the visitors could do to stop him scoring from the spot on 17 minutes.

Tariq Lamptey nudged over Michy Batshuayi inside the box and the Ivory Coast international calmly tucked past Mat Ryan.

That setback disrupted Brighton’s confidence with Neil Maupay wasting a pair of half chances either side of the break.

With Graham Potter’s side struggling to breakthrough Palace’s military style defence they needing a late slice of luck.

Palace defender Joel Ward gifted possession to Maupay inside the box and he squared for substitute MacAllister to force home.

Brighton’s late rally was almost undone by a red card for skipper Lewis Dunk but in the end Potter’s visitors just held out.

FULL TIME AT SELHURST PARK IT’S CRYSTAL PALACE 1 BRIGHTON 1

In form Everton overpower Brighton in 4-2 Goodison Park win

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been excellent in the opening weeks of the season, and goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and James Rodriguez sealed a 4-2 win at home to Brighton.

The super confident hosts dominated this one right from kick off, with Seamus Coleman and Calvert-Lewin testing Matt Ryan earlier on.

And with Graham Potter’s side unable to lay a glove on their hosts in the opening stages, the Blues edged themselves in front after a quarter of an hour.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s quick thinking from a corner caught Brighton out, he swung a cross into the back post, and the on-fire Calvert-Lewin bulleted a header home.

But as the Blues struggled to find a quickfire second, Jordan Pickford gifted the Seagulls an equaliser.

Leandro Trossard’s deflected strike caused problems for the England keeper and Neil Maupay reacted quickest to tap home his mistake.

But Brighton’s parity didn’t last long, as Mina spared his keeper’s blushes before the break, nodding home Rodriguez’s free kick.

Ancelotti’s side were in no mood for complacency after the break, as Rodriguez raced onto Alex Iwobi’s pass to make it 3-1.

Brighton rallied in the final half hour, but Rodriguez punished them on the break once again as the former Real Madrid man tucked home Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pass.

Yves Bissouma did bag a spectacular consolation in added time, but in the end Everton were more than good value for all three points.

FULL TIME AT GOODISON PARK IT’S EVERTON 4 BRIGHTON 2