Brighton’s first European campaign in the Europa League has been steady rather than spectacular.
In their first game against AEK Athens at the Amex they lost 2-3.
However they recovered in the febrile, hostile atmosphere of the Stade Velodrome against Olympique Marseilles (OM).
At one stage two-nil down they fought back to 2-2. After that they did the double over Ajax.
Last night’s victory in a dull game assured Brighton a place in the play-offs and if they beat OM in the Amex on 14th December they will win their group and qualify automatically.
It’s been a learning curve with a strain on resources.
Brighton have injury problems with wide men Lamptey, Estupinan and March out as are Adam Webster and Danny Welbeck
So you need a squad in depth and coach de Zerbi must be delighted that Josef Moder is back.
Ex-Liverpool players Adam Lallana and James Milner provide valuable experience.
Kouru Mitoma, Lewis Dunk and Pascal Gross are regulars, otherwise de Zerbi rotates.
The fans are enjoying the experience except for some being subjected to tear gas in Athens.
Over at Sussex CCC there has been another high profile resignation: wicketkeeper coach Sarah Taylor.
The number of departures troubles members and supporters and stability is required.