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Ward error costly as Brighton inflict a first defeat!

6 games, 16 points. And there’s a positivity around Town that hasn’t been here for a long long time. There was effectively no pressure on David Wagner’s men going into a very difficult away trip to Brighton on Tuesday night. The Amex has hardly been a happy hunting ground for Town in recent years, but the home side had lost their last two games. David Wagner named an unchanged side from the one that won at Elland Road, despite fitness concerns over Schindler amongst others.

This game was arguably the most tactical that Town had been involved in this campaign, with Chris Hughton setting his side up to try and stifle the away side. Both sides seemed content with the other having the ball in non-dangerous areas, and solid defensive displays meant chances were at a premium. The first major chance came from Brighton who broke from a Town cross and Jamie Murphy went one on one with Danny Ward, and the goalkeeper came out on top. As for Town, Kachunga provided the main threat, with a couple of half chances, but the teams were cancelling each other out. The game opened up more in the second period through attacking substitutions by both managers. Both sides had chances following the break, with Brighton’s Dunk heading into the side-netting, and Payne firing a shot at Stockdale. As the game looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw, Brighton grabbed a goal with 10 minutes to go. Knockaert’s shot somehow squirmed through Danny Ward’s grasp, and the home side led. In true Wagner style, Town through everything at Brighton in the latter stages but couldn’t find the equaliser that their battling performance deserved. The mistake by award was costly but there were certainly positives to take from the fact that Town were 10 minutes away from a point against a strong promotion contender. It is now onto Saturday and a home game against struggling QPR.

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