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6 December 2017

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This weekend’s Premier League fixture sees Huddersfield Town welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the John Smith’s Stadium, with kick off scheduled for 3pm.

Last time out in the league, Town fell to a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park in what was Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin grabbed the goals for Everton.

The Opponent

Chris Hughton’s side arrive at the John Smith’s Stadium this Saturday on the back of a 5-1 defeat at home to Liverpool last weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion currently sit 12th in the Premier League table having acquired 17 points so far this season, just two more than Town.

The Seagulls come into the match with one win in five matches, which came at the start of November away at Swansea City.

Chris Hughton’s side was the 48th team to play in the Premier League after a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship solidified automatic promotion.

Town ran out 3-1 winners over Brighton in the same fixture at the John Smith’s Stadium last season when the two sides met in the Championship. Goals from Tommy Smith, Nakhi Wells and Elias Kachunga secured the three points for The Terriers that day.

Players to Watch

Having re-signed permanently for the Club back in January of this year to continue his second stint with the Club, Brighton’s leading forward Glenn Murray already has five goals to his name this season, including the consolation goal from the penalty spot in last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool.

After a stellar campaign saw him help Brighton to automatic promotion to the Premier League last year, Anthony Knockaert (below) has once again been in fine form this season, earning himself three Man of the Match performances.

The defensive partnership of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk has been an ever-present one for the Seagulls this season. Dunk has a total of 185 appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion since signing his first professional contract with the Club back in 2010 and has formed a solid partnership with Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy since his move to the Club in 2016 from Blackburn Rovers.

Izzy Brown makes his return to the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend after completing a season-long loan move to Brighton from Chelsea in the summer. Brown spent the second half of the 2016/17 season on loan with Town, during which time he scored four goals in 15 games for the Club.

New Signings

The summer transfer window saw Brighton bring in a whole heap of new faces to the Club.

Winger José Izquierdo and central midfielder Davy Pröpper have been huge assets for Brighton this campaign since joining from Club Brugge and PSV Eindhoven respectively. The Seagulls also completed deals for the double swoop of both Pascal Groß (below) and Markus Suttner from FC Ingolstadt, winger Soufyan Ahannach from Almere City, former Celtic starlet Josh Kerr and goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia. Brighton also acquired the services of free agent Ezequiel Schelotto.

The transfer window also paved way for several departures from the Amex as Vegard Forren, Elvis Manu, Chris O’Grady, Sebastien Pocognoli and David Stockdale all left the Club.

Brighton’s last starting XI vs Liverpool (4-4-1-1)

GK: Mathew Ryan

DL: Gaëtan Bong
DC: Shane Duffy
DC: Lewis Dunk
DR: Bruno

LM: Anthony Knockaert
CM: Dale Stephens
CM: Davy Pröpper
RM: Izzy Brown

CAM: Pascal Groß

ST: Glenn Murray

Town Team News

David Wagner is still without the services of Philip Billing (ankle), Jon Gorenc Stanković (knee) and Michael Hefele (Achilles) all through injury, whilst Rajiv van La Parra is unavailable through suspension.

The latest injury news will be revealed at the Head Coach’s press conference at 1.30pm on Thursday 7 December.

Brighton & Hove Albion Team News

Chris Hughton is only without the injured Steve Sidwell for this weekend’s match.

Ticket Information

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Fan Information

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Match Reports


9 December 2017

Town dominate to record deserved win

Steve Mounié netted a first-half brace to earn Town a huge three Premier League points as the Terriers deservedly broke the four-game winless streak with a fantastic performance against Brighton & Hove Albion.

An all-round display consisted of defensive duties being carried out to the highest degree alongside an offensive prowess that threatened the Seagulls on multiple occasions on the way to a well-deserved result.

Three changes were made to the side which started against Everton last time around. Chris Löwe's appearance from the off was the left-back's 50th League Huddersfield Town start, whereas Jonathan Hogg and Steve Mounié (the striker's last appearance coming in August's 0-0 draw with Southampton) were also recalled. Collin Quaner retained his place on the right for his first Premier League start at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Head Coach's alterations meant that Scott Malone, Danny Williams and Laurent Depoitre missed out, whilst Dean Whitehead and Joe Lolley earned respective spots amongst the substitutes.

Malone and Kasey Palmer were not part of the match day squad to face Chris Hughton's side; a team that contained a familiar face around these parts in Izzy Brown, who played a key role in the memorable promotion campaign from the Championship.

Picturesque scenes opened proceedings as snow began to fall simultaneously with the referee's whistle for kick-off, but the festivities of Town hunting for a precious three points began with the usual intensity, ensuring the yellow shirts of the Seagulls little time in possession.

A fellow promoted Club, the South Coast outfit were out to gain revenge in response to a 3-1 defeat on this ground in front of the Sky Sports cameras back in February. Glenn Murray's header was palmed away strongly by Jonas Lössl down to his left after leaping well, although the linesman's flag on the Britannia Rescue Stand side came as an early relief in any case.

Mounié came inches from opening his account on home turf minutes before that feat became reality. The Benin international took advantage of Shane Duffy's misjudged header to fire a volley bound for the bottom left-corner, but Australian 'keeper Mathew Ryan showed excellent athleticism to scramble across and provide the all-important save to maintain the deadlock.

Tommy Smith followed up with a dangerous cross towards the far-post after a half-clearance from the visitors, but the skipper's delivery sailed over the heads of his teammates inside the penalty area.

Town continued to work their chances swiftly and the opener arrived in due course.

Chris Löwe's pacey corner was met by a glancing near-post Christopher Schindler flick which flashed across goal and was eventually bundled home by a gracious Mounié. The celebrations showed the front man's delight to have netted for the first time at the John Smith's Stadium, running to Schindler and the set piece taker.

Brighton hit back with a chance of their own. Murray worked space at the far-post before seeing a Blue and White shirt heroically clear his effort for a corner. The resulting corner fell kindly to centre-back Shane Duffy, but the Irishman hacked at thin air with an attempted half-volley which allowed the Terriers to effectively get rid of any looming danger. As it turned out, that was to be Brighton’s best chance of the day.

Superb tenacity in midfield to dispossess Murray with a perfectly timed slide tackle from the typically dogged Jonathan Hogg resulted in Collin Quaner being played in down the right channel. ‘Big Coll’ beat his marker with a low cross, but goal-scorer Mounié couldn't manage to get in the right position to fire home at Ryan's front-stick.

Town's still created clear opportunities after the opener, with the next arriving as a result of a peach of a Löwe cross. The advanced full-back whipped a tempting delivery into the path of Mounié, but somehow the striker failed to make an adequate connection.

Mounié displayed brave characteristics at the other end in order to divert away Propper's thunderous attempt from the edge of the area before Kachunga outsmarted Murray deep inside Town's half to win a valuable free-kick, which relieved partial Albion pressure stint.

The big striker soon found himself at the other end, doubling Town's lead with a precise header.

Another corner was initially cleared, but Aaron Mooy collected and jigged past Dunk to deliver a deep left-footed cross. That ball was nodded back into the danger area by Zanka, with Mounié on hand to nod home through a cluster of players - which seemed to delay the reactions of Mathew Ryan in the Brighton goal.

Town's record-signing from Montpellier had netted both his first and second goals in the opening 45; a brace which handed the Terriers with a firm command of the encounter at the break after looking solid and composed at both ends.

Chris Hughton introduced winger Solly March at the interval and that move came close to paying off as the sub laid Bruno in down right-hand side before a cross was agonisingly missed by former loanee Brown towards the far-post.

Town's own ventures of the second half began with Tom Ince having a flurry of chances. The match had by now become extremely stretched with both sides committing men forward, and Ince found a clear route through the heart of the Seagulls' defence - only to be caught by a recovering Lewis Dunk.

The visitors were under the cosh once again shortly after Ince's siege as Quaner strode forward before squaring to Ince, who had taken up a menacing position on the penalty spot. Town's number 22 saw his tame effort hastily booted away, however.

As the stretched pattern remained in-tact, Brighton kept pouring yellow shirts forward, only to see Dutch central-midfielder Davy Propper blaze high and wide into the travelling support behind.

Albion would have a combination of good goalkeeping to thank to ensure that Town were only two goals ahead. Firstly Ryan produced a magnificent save with quick reflexes at the near-post to keep out Ince's sharp flick from Tommy Smith's drilled cross, before Steve Mounié fired well off-target as a result of a neat Collin Quaner cut-back to the edge of the 18-yard box.

Brighton well and truly had their backs to the wall in the face of a resurgent Terriers team. Ryan showed excellent reflexes yet again soon after, this time to deny Kachunga's shot from sneaking in, before Zanka mistimed his attempted half-volley in the area from the resulting corner.
Mounié's eventful afternoon rolled on, this time with an attempted square to Ince being cleared by Lewis Dunk on the slide. Both Town players - and most of the crowd in the Fantastic Media Stand - to call for potential shouts of handball.

As the hour mark approached, the Terriers' coaching staff would have been supremely impressed with the way Town hadn't gone into a shell and consolidated the dangerous two-goal lead. Town were on the front foot and still taking the game to the Sussex visitors, and there was no sign of that faltering anytime soon.

Tommy Smith had a great afternoon and went close to netting his first goal of the season with a beautiful curler bound for Ryan's bottom right corner, but the ball would roll disappointingly round the wrong side of the post.

Ince still had to wait for his first competitive Terriers goal after blasting over from an angle from Mounié's slide-rule ball and, despite a tireless performance, the former Derby man just couldn't catch a break to find the net. Next opposing skipper Bruno made a mess of a sliding interception, which allowed Tom to square up with Suttner one-on-one. He beat the defender onto his left but a defiant Ryan between the Seagulls' sticks batted away the final effort to let the visiting defensive ranks of the hook on yet another occasion.

Town’s team (4-2-3-1)
Jonas Lössl; Chris Löwe, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Zanka, Tommy Smith (c); Jonathan Hogg, Aaron Mooy; Collin Quaner, Tom Ince (Joe Lolley, 86'), Elias Kachunga (Danny Williams, 89'); Steve Mounié (Laurent Depoitre, 85')

Unused subs:
Joel Coleman, Martin Cranie, Florent Hadergjonaj, Dean Whitehead

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