Brighton secure historic first Premier League win
The Seagulls cruised to a 3-1 victory over West Brom. securing their first win in the top flight for 34 years11 September 2017 | Sally Freedman
Before the game between Brighton and Hove Albion FC and West Bromwich Albion many pundits tipped Brighton to lose. WBA had only conceded one goal all season and Brighton were yet to score. However, it was the Seagulls who put an exemplary attacking display in their match-up.
Pascal Gross scored the opener in the last minute of the first half after he converted a Solly March cross from close range. Gross was on fire just three minutes into the second half too when he drove forward after a pass from Tomer Hemed and scored from long range with a neat diagonal finish.
Hemed then had his favour repaid when he headed in an inch-perfect cross from Gross to make it 3-0.
West Brom fought hard in the second half and eventually broke Brighton's resilient defence, when substitute James Morrison squeezed his shot past defender Shane Duffy on the line.
Brighton’s boss, Chris Hughton, was full of praise.
“I think we thoroughly deserved it. The scoreline reflected the game. They were always going to put us under pressure. “There were some really good performances. We're feeling a lot better now after our first win but we need to take this one forward.
“It's a good platform to build on but we are very conscious of how difficult this division is.”
Positively, Brighton showed their fans that they can compete in this division and I’m sure the victory will help silence those fans who were only last week so angry with the club for being unable to secure a striker in the window. Many fans were certain that the team wouldn’t be able to score goals without the signature of a new striker. However, Brighton had as many shots on target in this game (six) as they had in their first three Premier League games combined. Brighton swept aside established opponents with aplomb and can hold their heads high. Aussie keeper, Maty Ryan said there was no better feeling!
Ryan was still celebrating Albion's first Premier League victory with friends and fans ten minutes after the final whistle.
“It's something I enjoy doing if I can give back. It wasn't that long ago that I would be at a sporting event and if you got a photo with one of the stars, shook their hand or whatever, you would go to school all week, talking about it to your friends.
“If I can please people with a photo or high five or with the kids then it's just nice to give back. They have come to support us and it's great to celebrate the victory with them.”
Confidence amongst fans and players will certainly be high as they travel to take on fellow south coast team Bournemouth on Friday who are yet to record a victory.
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