After a testing few weeks, this was precisely the sort of efficiency that Graham Potter required. Brighton’s first victory in 12 Premier League matches, courtesy of two spectacular objectives from Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay within the house of eight minutes, lifted them again into the highest half of the desk.
Whereas Brentford – who had begun the sport degree on factors with their opponents – put in a sometimes dedicated show that often threatened to spoil Brighton’s social gathering, they might don’t have any complaints in regards to the high quality of the strikes that did for them right here. Each objectives have been the end result of a stunning 10-minute spell from Potter’s aspect simply earlier than half-time which hinted that there may very well be loads extra to come back from this group when he has a full squad to select from.
“It felt like a end result that was crucial for us,” stated the Brighton supervisor. “We’ve been on a irritating run however objectives change all the things.”
The hosts had made 4 adjustments to the aspect that began their final match on 15 December, with Adam Webster again from harm to interchange captain Lewis Dunk. Brighton’s seek for a primary league victory for the reason that 2-1 conquer Leicester on 19 September had included eight attracts, whereas their earlier 5 matches yielded solely two objectives. Maybe that and the late kick-off time have been each contributing components to the variety of empty seats there have been on an unseasonably delicate night on the south coast.
Brentford had gone greater than two weeks since their final league fixture after a Covid outbreak within the squad and have been delighted to welcome again high scorer Ivan Toney as one among 5 adjustments, with former Arsenal academy participant Dominic Thompson handed his full league debut. Seven factors from their earlier 4 league matches have ensured that Thomas Frank’s aspect are properly heading in the right direction to attain their goal for this season and they began right here like a group stuffed with confidence.
A decent offside name towards Bryan Mbeumo within the fourth minute after Thompson’s clipped move ahead was a logo of their attacking intent, with Shandon Baptiste then seeing his goalbound shot broad through a deflection. Brighton’s lack of innovative has been a rising concern for Potter after their glorious begin to the season and the closest they got here to testing Álvaro Fernández within the opening half hour was a Dan Burn header that looped off the crossbar. Enock Mwepu ought to have performed higher together with his effort from contained in the penalty space but it surely missed by a long way.
Nonetheless with the imposing Mwepu proving an ready deputy for the suspended Yves Bissouma, Brighton started to dominate possession in midfield and nearly discovered a means by on a few events due to some intricate passing strikes. It was through a extra direct method that the house crowd was lastly dropped at life as Mwepu’s ball ahead meant Trossard didn’t have to interrupt stride earlier than dinking the ball over the onrushing Fernández and into the empty web. Trossard additionally got here shut shortly afterwards when his free-kick flew simply over the crossbar, with Brentford then compelled right into a change as Mbeumo limped off.
Issues then received even higher for Potter earlier than half-time when Trossard discovered Jakub Moder on the left and his driving run infield gave Maupay time and house to twist residence his seventh objective of the season. Out of the blue Brighton have been rampant.
Trossard didn’t emerge for the second half as a precaution after Potter stated he felt tightness in his hamstring. He was changed by Danny Welbeck, coming back from a thigh harm for his first look for the reason that draw with Crystal Palace in September. Brentford additionally made a change on the break as they tried to discover a means again into the competition, with Frank Onyeka introduced on in an try to offer some help for the remoted Toney.
Mwepu’s good by ball nearly created one other opening for Maupay however Brighton’s momentum had stalled and Brentford sensed a possibility. It took two glorious saves inside a minute from goalkeeper Robert Sánchez to take care of their two-goal cushion, with the primary denying Baptiste after his shot had taken a depraved deflection. The second was simply pretty much as good as Sánchez dived to his proper and pushed Ethan Pinnock’s header on to the submit. To not be outdone, his Spanish compatriot Marc Cucurella by some means managed to keep away from the crossbar as he leapt to clear one other header from Pinnock that had looped over Sánchez.
“We tried to place strain on them on the end however after they scored their objectives made it troublesome for us to get better,” stated Frank.