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Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Tim Krul has played down the neck injury which forced him off after 45 minutes on Saturday.

The Seagulls stopper fell awkwardly in the first-half of the FA Cup clash with Coventry City which left him needing treatment. However, Krul moved quickly to allay any concerns of a serious injury with the 29-year-old poised to return to the Brighton bench next weekend. "I just stiffened up at half time. I’m a bit of robot now!" he revealed. "They have looked after it and said it was fine. It was just a bad landing." Krul was making only his fourth start since arriving from Newcastle, but despite his impressive performances in domestic cup competition, he has found it difficult to displace Aussie international Matt Ryan who joined for an undisclosed record fee in the summer. Veteran keeper Niki Mäenpää will provide back-up if Krul fails to recover in time for the game against Swansea City.
Source: The Argus
Feb 19 - 12:20 PM

Brighton have secured an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Manchester United as a reward for beating League Two side Coventry City at the weekend.

Brighton started with a second string side, giving a debut to record signing Jurgen Locadia and a first start to Ulloa on his return to the south coast. Only Stephens and March were retained from their league draw with Stoke City 7 days earlier. Locadia opened up his Brighton account after just a quarter of an hour having already hit the woodwork. He finished well after some poor marking left him with a lot of space to finish a low cross from deep by Knockaert. Dale Stephens headed home in the second half to double the lead from a corner by Suttner - he seemed to be the target man for crosses by the Seagulls at set pieces. Again light marking could be blamed for Brighton's third. This time Ulloa was there to head home a Bruno cross. Jonson Clarke-Harris scored a consolation goal to give the travelling support something to cheer but Coventry couldn't mount an unlikely comeback.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 19 - 3:46 AM

Brighton hung on to claim a crucial point from Stoke City on a 1-1 score line on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead through Jose Izquierdo, who fired past Butland after bit of quick interplay with Dale Stephens. He lead for the Seagulls was deserved but The Potters struck back through Xherdan Shapiro who notched up his sixth of the season and second goal in two PL games. Stoke had the better chances late on but couldn't convert. Knockaert did enough to clear a header by Diouf off the line but more important Mat Ryan saved a penalty by Charlie Adam after Jese had won it for Paul Lambert's side. Brighton Bol their place outside but close to the relegation zone but Stoke remain in the bottom three.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 10 - 12:45 PM

Brighton manager Chris Hughton will have an abundance of riches to choose from amongst his forwards for the visit to Stoke on Saturday.

Jurgen Locadia is yet to feature for the south coast club since arriving for a record fee in January having landed at the club with a hamstring injury, though he is now ready to take to the field. He will be fighting for a place with Glenn Murray and Leo Ulloa, with the former likely to keep his starting berth. Hughton said: "I am yet to make final decisions. It’s just good to have him (Locadia) in the squad. As with all players, some take that little bit longer to settle in." With a brutal battle for survival on the agenda between now and the end of the season, Hughton appears like he plans to be ruthless if strikers aren't scoring: "If you could guarantee me that anybody, or Glenn, can stay in the team and score the goals to make sure we stay in this division then of course I would absolutely take that. We brought in the competition we have to give us options but players are going to be disappointed."
Source: The Argus
Feb 9 - 8:42 AM

Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross scored second-half goals as Brighton won for the first time in 2018 with a 3-1 victory over West Ham.

Brighton had not won a league match since beating Watford in late December but jumped out to an early lead when Glenn Murray raced onto and converted Anthony Knockaert's through-ball. Javier Hernandez pulled West Ham level on the half hour mark with a rocket into the top corner, but Izquierdo restored the Seagull's lead on 59 minutes with a superb curled effort from the edge of the area. Having been the better side throughout, Gross capped off a strong performance with a forceful strike from 20 yards with 15 minutes remaining. The win takes Brighton up to 13th in the table, meaning they now sit level with West Ham on 27 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 3 - 12:49 PM

After Solly March was tripped up by Wesley Hoedt in the box, Murray made no mistake from the spot to score his seventh Premier League goal

The result keeps the struggling Gulls above Southampton in the table but they should consider themselves lucky. The best chance for Southampton came through a gaffe from Matt Ryan that saw Pierre-Emile Højbjerg send the ball careening off the bar in the 31st minute. Jack Stephans was unmarked as he found an equalizer in the 64th minute from a James Ward-Prowse freekick.
Jan 31 - 5:11 PM

Brighton have signed Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The deal marks a return to the Argentine's previous club whom he left three and a half years ago for £8 million. After a stellar first season at Leicester under Simon Pearson, Ulloa's game time for the Foxes became more and more limited until this season where he has only made a handful of appearances as a sub in the PL. Brighton were Ulloa's first and only other club in English football. He scored 26 goals in 58 appearances for Albion during his tenure at the then-Championship club.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 29 - 8:37 AM

Brighton's experienced backup centre-back Uwe Huenemeier admits that his long term future may not be at the AMEX.

The German is not seeking a move away in the current window but he is realistic about his chances winning back a starting berth with Dunk and Duffy going from strength to strength at the moment. "I have already been in touch with the club a little bit. I think they are still quite happy with me, having an experienced player like me," he said, He went on to explain that he is still a leader on the training ground for the club as he was when he arrived. "Do I want to carry on like that, be around, on the bench, in the stands? So we have to see how the situation develops." The veteran's contract expires at the end of the season and the chance to return to Germany where his kids are living is certainly an option for him.
Source: The Argus
Jan 27 - 11:24 AM

Brighton have reportedly had £6 million bid for Bristol City centre-back Aden Flint rejected.

The 28 year-old centre-back stands at 6ft 6in and is currently a key part of the Robins side who are pushing for promotion to the Premier League. He recently came to prominence as a titan in the Bristol side which put it up to Manchester City over two legs in the Carabao Cup. He is known for his goalscoring even though he lines out in defence, having notched up 34 goals across 187 league games at Bristol since he signed there in 2013. In spite of their reputations, Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk have not been as effective as expected from set pieces, and perhaps Chris Hughton wants to make more use of Pascal Gross' ability at set-pieces. In the summer, Flint was pursued by Birmingham City but ultimately the club failed to meet Bristol's £10 million valuation. Perhaps Brighton was have to exceed that old asking price to secure their man.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 25 - 6:54 AM

Brighton have rejected a move by Championship club Fulham to signing midfielder Oliver Norwood on a permanent deal.

The Northern Ireland international is currently on loan at the London club, where he has five goals in 26 appearances so far this season. The Argus report that Fulham's bid to secure the loanee's signature fell well below Brighton's valuation of the player. It is thought that Albion are unsure of selling Norwood whilst uncertainty pervades about what league they will be in next season. Norwood has 18 months to run on his current contract with Brighton.
Source: The Argus
Jan 25 - 6:45 AM

On Friday it was announced that Brighton had completed the signing of Jurgen Locadia from Dutch club PSV, but what else is there to know about the club-record signing?

Locadia is a 25 year old Dutch player who is yet to be capped by his country in spite of three call-ups to the national team squads. In Seagulls manager Chris Hughton's words, Locadia "is a strong, powerful and quick centre-forward", the type of player who has been on the club's shortlist for a long time. Hughton hopes that his addition will increase their attacking options for the rest of the season. In 82 Eredivisie starts and 45 substitute appearances, he notched up 45 goals and 34 assists. He scored nine in 16 league outings this season for the Eredivisie leaders. Having lined out for such a high-flying club, he is unlikely to replicate those stats. He is also reportedly recovering from an injury to his upper leg and may not be available for a week or two. Chris Hughton is sure to give an update on his fitness ahead of Brighton's next PL game next week.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 22 - 10:26 AM

Brighton fell behind by two goals early and could not find a way past Chelsea's backup keeper as the Seagulls were thrashed, 0-4.

Chris Hughton went with a five man defense instead of the usual four, but it would seem a 10-man defense would not have made a difference today as Brighton would concede twice inside the first six minutes. To their credit, the home side and their supporters did not lose their competitive spirit and came close on several occasions to cutting the deficit in half and making a game of it. Many of those occasions involved Ezequiel Schelotto, who was delivering balls in from his wingback role as well as cutting into the area himself, nearly drawing a penalty twice. Tomer Hemed had a header from two yards out stopped and the post was hit a couple of times. Schelotto did show promise from a fantasy perspective if he can get an extended run in the side.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 9:51 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion skipper Bruno Saltor is optimistic in spite of the mounting pressure as the south coast side slip towards the drop zone.

Last weekend's 2-0 loss to West Brom sent the Seagulls tumbling down the PL table from 12th to 16th, and they are now just three points outside the relegation zone. They will need to turn around their form quickly as they have won just once in their last twelve games. Speaking to The Argus, Bruno said: "We knew it wasn’t going to be easy to be in the Premier League... We have been fighting for the last few seasons and we keep fighting." Albion face Chelsea this weekend in another tough test, though their chances have been boosted after Morata and Pedro were both sent off in The Blues' midweek cup game and the pair are now suspended for the visit to the AMEX.
Source: The Argus
Jan 18 - 5:58 AM

Izzy Brown has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after confirming he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] during the opening exchanges of Monday night’s FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace.

The Chelsea loanee was making his first start since early December but lasted barely six minutes after failing to recover from a Jeffrey Schlupp challenge. Brown had a shot blocked by the Palace defender which left both players down on the turf, and despite receiving lengthy treatment, he left the pitch in agony moments later. On Tuesday, Brown revealed via his personal Instagram account that he would play no further part in 2017/18 after a scan confirmed the extent of his injury. ‘Not the news I wanted to hear, I have torn my ACL and it will need surgery to fix. I will come back fitter and stronger and hopefully be ready for next season. Thank you to everyone at Brighton’. Typically, recovery from this type of injury is around 8-9 months which means Brown is a major doubt for the start of next season.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 9 - 3:34 PM

Brighton and Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth played a lively first match of 2018 but the Seagulls will feel the more disappointed with the 2-2 final, having lost the lead twice.

It was an entertaining game with both sides throwing caution to the wind in a very open contest. Brighton got off to the dream start on five minutes, when a lovely buildup finished with a low ball from Jose Izquierdo across the face of goal that Anthony Knockaert was able to guide home with ease. The Cherries would level the score and nearly take the lead just before the break, but Mathew Ryan made a fine save to keep it 1-1. Just three minutes into the next half, it was Izquierdo again playing provider, this time sliding a ball across to Glenn Murray who scored from close range. To their dismay, the Seagulls would fail to keep the lead again in front of the home crowd and settled for a point.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 9:29 AM


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