The Albion made hard work of beating City but did so to stay 4 points clear. We have won all our games by only a one goal margin but it’s a massive improvement from last season. Praise is due to Chris Hughton for the players he got in and an effective style of play which may not appeal to the purist but does achieve results. The holding midfielders Kayak and Dale Stephens play deep and I the absence of Murphy there is not much widths so crosses were the commonest route to goal which City coped with easily.
The Seagulls dominated the first half and might have scored 4 but it was City that trooped in at half time 1 goal up. Sam Baldock was the main culprit. In the Argus he said he did not want to be judged by his scoring which is just as well as he muffed two very bankable chances. Hemed too might have scored a brace.
To much cheering the goalscoring hero of the promotion side of Micky Adams, Bobby Zamora came on in the second half. Baldock finaly found his scoring touch though the final touch may have been a defender ‘s before Zamora lashed home a sumptuous volley to achieve all 3 points.
There has been some discussion in our 1901 club on renewal. It works out at £63 per game,a lot for a championship team but we take the view that the price remains stable for the 5 years of the contract and if in that time the Seagulls achieve promotion that is good value. What do Bayern Munich and Brighton no longer have in common? Brighton are still unbeaten after 11 games.