Brighton talking points

On Saturday Huddersfield Town played out a creditable 1-1 draw with fellow Premier League new boys Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium. The result means the Terriers now sit four points above the relegation zone with five games left to play, but what did we learn from the game?



Squeaky-bum time


Saturday's game was littered with mistakes from both sides, in fact the hosts should have taken the lead inside the first minute when the Huddersfield defence stepped up too early and presented Davy Propper with an excellent chance, which he squandered.


Both goals in the game came from mistakes, the first, Brighton's opener was a goalkeeping mistake from Jonas Lossl and the equaliser came about from some incredibly sloppy passing from Brighton's Shane Duffy. What does this tell us though?


It tells us that the nerves of the relegation battle are getting to everyone, not just Huddersfield but Brighton as well. Whilst both sides played well in periods, the players were obviously battling some real fear on the pitch. The relegation run-in will be full of ups and downs and we can expect more mistakes and nervy play, not just from Town but from everyone.


One swallow does not a summer make


Jonas Lossl made a horrific error in the first-half when he let Solly March's daisy cutter beat him and rebound of his shoulder into the goal, but that doesn't tell the full story of his performance on Saturday. The towering Dane may have cost his side a goal but he more than made up for it with his all-round performance.


Without some of his fine saves - most notably from a one-on-one with Izquierdo - Town would have lost the game comfortably. Although Lossl has made several costly blunders this season, he has also saved his team-mates on many occasions, and hopefully he can maintain his concentration for the final five games and cut out the errors.


Bravery returns


There's no hiding the fact that Town have been poor in recent games, in the team's last outing against Newcastle United they were so shackled by the fear of exposing themselves that they didn't manage a single shot on target.


Yet on Saturday the squad showed great bravery - yes they made mistakes - but they also showed attacking intent and a willingness to take risks in order to win the game. Whilst the game plan wasn't executed perfectly it was refreshing to see a Town team play without the handbrake on again, they'll need more of that in the game to come.


Points mean prizes


When Davy Propper was sent-off with fifteen minutes remaining there was a real expectancy of Town to go on a score a winner. Despite Collin Quaner's best efforts, that did not happen. But equally Huddersfield didn't lose the game, and that's very important at this point of the season.


Following Davy Propper's dismissal the hosts had several good chances to take the lead but were scuppered by Jonas Lossl and some last-ditch defending. Whilst the failure to beat ten men can be lamented, the gaining of a point could prove invaluable at the end of the season.

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