Brighton confirmed actual attacking want but had been pressured to accept a point towards a Burnley side who by no means actually looked like scoring on Friday evening.
The opening 4 minutes saw Tariq Lamptey sky a good likelihood and Matt Lowton hit the bar with a cross, but we then had to wait nearly half an hour for some more pleasure. Danny Welbeck found himself in on goal twice but could not find a method by means of Nick Pope, who single-handedly kept Burnley stage on the break. It was all Brighton.
Burnley threatened to get more involved after the break but it was Brighton who loved the better possibilities. Pascal Gross and Neal Maupay had a handful of good efforts early within the second half but neither might find a method by means of the Burnley wall.
Brighton pressed and pressed and pressed but finally lacked the standard wanted to declare all three points.
Mat Ryan (GK) – 6/10 – Had a few routine saves to make but spent most of the game as a spectator.
Adam Webster (CB) – 6/10 – Had a battle on his fingers with Burnley’s strikers and infrequently looked under too much stress. Struggled within the air but made up for it on the bottom.
Ben White (CB) – 6/10 – Combined some stunning brief passing with some spectacular long passing. Looked a little nervy.
Joel Veltman (CB) – 7/10 – Spent most of his time attempting to get involved within the attack, seemingly copying Chris Wilder’s overlapping centre-back tactic. It labored fairly properly.
Tariq Lamptey (RM) – 7/10 – Could have scored after a few seconds. Constantly charging across the pitch to create possibilities, even switching over to the left when the space opened up.
Yves Bissouma (CM) -7/10 – Stopped Burnley of their tracks time and time once more. Looked comfortable recycling possession and giving the ball to his inventive teammates.
Pascal Gross (CM) – 6/10 – Comfortable on the ball and requested a few questions of Burnley’s defence, but usually lacked the final ball.
Dan Burn (LM) – 7/10 – Watching a 6’7 centre-back charging down the wing won’t ever not be bizarre, but Burn pulled it off properly. Was involved in a lot of good moments down the left.
Adam Lallana (AM) – 8/10 – Star of the show. Drifting round all around the pitch to get the ball and showcased a stage of class that no person else on the pitch possessed. Looked very harmful.
Neal Maupay (AM) – 7/10 – Deployed barely deeper and looked to be having fun with the extra freedom. Found some good areas but did not do much with them.
Danny Welbeck (ST) – 7/10 – Some wonderful motion to pull Burnley’s defence out of position. Could have had a few goals but found Pope too large to overcome.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh – N/A
Aaron Connolly – N/A
Nick Pope (GK) – 7/10 – A busy night time for Pope, who made a handful of spectacular saves to stop Brighton from working away with this one.
Matt Lowton (RB) – 4/10 – Hit the bar with a cross early on but all the things went downhill after. Couldn’t handle Burn and Maupay.
James Tarkowski (CB) – 6/10 – Had a powerful battle with Welbeck and often got here out on the shedding end, but managed to do sufficient to keep Brighton out.
Ben Mee (CB) – 7/10 – Had an early scare but shortly regained his composure, making a number of very important interceptions to try and keep Brighton at bay. Highlight was a improbable last-ditch challenge on Lamptey early on.
Charlie Taylor (LB) – 5/10 – Tormented by Lamptey all evening but found himself in a lot of good areas to sweep up the hazard.
Dwight McNeil (RM) – 3/10 – Couldn’t get into the game by any means. Had to spend most of his time as a second full-back, and unsurprisingly, wasn’t superb.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 4/10 – Lost the midfield battle to Bissouma. Looked uncomfortable when attempting to advance forward and struggled to protect his defence.
Josh Brownhill (CM) – 6/10 – Gave Burnley a much-needed midfield outlet to assist them fend off stress, but struggled to flip that into something of note within the final third.
Robbie Brady (LM) – 6/10 – Looked like he needed to make a actual distinction, throwing in cross after cross, but ended up over-hitting most of his deliveries. Can’t fault the trouble.
Chris Wood (ST) – 3/10 – Feeding on scraps in attack. Won a handful of headers but by no means had any likelihood of controlling the ball. Had no assist from his team-mates.
Ashley Barnes (ST) – 3/10 – Asked a few questions of Brighton’s defence early on but spent most of his time complaining when he could not get a shot away.
Jay Rodriguez – 5/10
Matej Vydra – N/A
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