Brighton maintained their good restart to their Premier League campaign yesterday evening by earning a point away to third-placed Leicester.
It could have been even better for the Seagulls had Neal Maupay not fluffed his lines with an early penalty that was comfortably saved by Kasper Schmeichel. However, in a match that saw the Foxes dominate possession, a share of the spoils reflected a solid return for Graham Potter’s side as they built on their weekend win over Arsenal.
Teenager Tariq Lamptey came in at right-back for his Brighton debut and won the plaudits of his manager along with the Seagulls’ social media team, who described him on Twitter as “a clear winner” of their man of the match award.
Another Brighton player whose contribution went unnoticed but was still valuable to their overall performance was midfielder Dale Stephens, who was recalled to the starting XI after only making a brief substitute appearance in Saturday’s defeat of the Gunners (as per WhoScored).
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The 31-year-old gave a diligent and industrious display at the base of midfield, winning four of his duels and making three successful tackles – the joint-most of anyone in Potter’s line-up. An interception and two clearances also highlighted the unglamorous yet important work that he got through at the King Power Stadium. [via Sofascore]
Stephens’ display wasn’t just all about his unselfish defensive work, though – he also impressed with his use of the ball. With three key passes, he had as many as the rest of his team-mates put together, while three of his five long passes were accurate and he also had the highest number of accurate passes among Brighton’s team with 27 (from 34 in total, giving him a 79.4% success rate). [via Sofascore]
The Seagulls are six points clear of the drop zone with seven matches to play, a far more comfortable position than a week ago but still not out of the woods in the relegation battle. More performances like the dogged and imaginative one given by Stephens at Leicester should see them retain their Premier League status for another year.
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