Philip Ian Murray
Despite leading three times we are glad to come away with a point
Away to Brighton was going to be a difficult fixture as they have been playing well despite losing their manager and several key players. There is also the long running feud between both Chairmen who have not spoken to each other in nearly 20 years. Brighton were the team most likely to score and during the match had 33 attempts at goal with 15 on target with Raya having to make quite a few saves. Yet it was us who went ahead in the 10th minute with a bullet header by Jansson from a cross by Jensen. They equalised in the 21st minute but within two minutes Toney had restored our lead following a nice through ball from Mbeumo. Brighton again came back at us and equalised and we went in at half-time two goals apiece. Early after the restart a Mbeumo free kick found Pinnock who put us ahead again. It wasn’t until the 90th minute when Hickey handled in our area giving them a penalty (he did almost exactly the same thing two minutes later but VAR did not think it was a pen) and they equalised with the game ending 3-3. I was hoping for a point and we got one. Our defence was not at its best today and this may have been due to reverting to a back three, Jansson starting for the first time in many months or a combination of both.