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Brighton 2 Manchester United 3

The Seagulls can count themseves unlucky to lose this one.

Leandro Trossard struck the frame of the United goal three times and the VAR decision that Neil Maupay handled the ball led to a winning United penalty after the final whistle.

Still, the Seagulls, who have played well in every game this season, can draw heart from another convincing performance.

When Chris Hughton was sacked I felt it was not just a harsh decision but a mistaken one, as he had taken the Albion from the bottom three of the Championship to 4 seasons in the Premier.

Now I have to concede the decision was correct. The squad was ageing and needed overhauling. The football was dire.

It was brave of the board to appoint the relatively unknown Graham Potter,  a journeyman footballer who had earned his managerial stripes in Sweden.

The trend was to appoint millionaire ex-players of the previous generation like Stevie Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Scott Parker.

Now Brighton play brighter football in a different 5-3-2 system.

Youngsters like right back Tariq Lamptey – bought from Chelsea for £3m – and defender Ben White are acquiring favourable attention.

The more senior players of the Hughton era are being released like Shaun Duffy to Celtic and last week Dale Stephens to Charlton.

Stalwart and club captain Lewis Dunk did sign a 5 year contract.

It’s difficult to recruit around the £20m mark as you will not get much of a Premier player for that.

They did acquire Adam Lallana but I still doubt his capacity to play 90 minutes.

Belgian Leandro Trossard brings a touch of the unexpected with his flair.

He has a fine shot unlike Solly March who would be a great player if he could score.

I like Ali Jaranbaksch who also has much skill but found the initial transition from the the Dutch Eredivisie to the premier too daunting.  At the moment he is an impact sub but he might well make the step up.

In midfield Albion miss the vigour of Dutchman Davy Propper.

With matches already lost against Manchester United and Chelsea it’s not been the easiest of starts but we won handsomely at Newcastle.

Finally a word for the Sussex Sharks who play Lancashire in the T20 Blast this Thursday.

It would have been lovely to see the game with my mates in the Players  Club but it’s not to be.

With Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer playing in the IPL the pace attack is depleted.

We still can call upon speedsters George Garton, Tymal Mills and Ollie Robinson, spinners Danny Briggs and Will Beer did their bit to contribute to qualification from the Southern Division.

I am confident we will be at Finals Day on October 3rd

About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts