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Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - December 16, 2017 Burnley manager Sean Dyche applauds the fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - December 16, 2017 Brighton manager Chris Hughton before the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Brighton 0 Burnley 0: Glenn Murray rues missed penalty in forgettable stalemate

It is an exciting time to be a Burnley fan. Fifth in the league and with Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool to play over the festive season, they are in unchartered waters. This was a little less exciting and manager Sean Dyche was satisfied to leave his Christmas trip to the seaside with a point after weathering Brighton’s first-half storm. “The overriding thing is three clean sheets and seven points in a week. That’s a fantastic return,” said Dyche. “We’re not the real deal but I think we’ve moved forward. We don’t swagger into places. We haven’t earned that yet,” he added, as ever keeping his feet well and truly anchored to the ground. Brighton were the better side, ­particularly in the first half, which would have been reflected on the scoresheet had Glenn Murray not fired his penalty so high, it nearly left the Amex Stadium. “I think it was more of a tangle than a foul. From a distance you can see why he’s given it,” said Dyche. Murray’s was clearly Brighton’s best chance, though Anthony Knockaert also hit a post and Nick Pope saved ­brilliantly from Lewis Dunk’s header. Chris Wood had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside Credit: reuters This result is far more costly for the hosts than the visitors. Chris Hughton’s side are now without a win since Nov 4 and have scored only once, ironically a penalty, in six games. “When somebody misses a penalty that is part and parcel of the game. There’s no point in saying anything ­because he would be very disappointed himself,” said Hughton, adding that this game was “a missed opportunity”. This was the first meeting between these sides in the top flight and it is ­unlikely to live long in the memory. The stadium announcer fluffed his lines as the teams emerged for kick-off to set the tone for Murray’s similarly i­ndecipherable set-piece. Brighton were rewarded for their ­efforts when Chris Kavanagh awarded them a penalty as Murray tangled legs with James Tarkowski, while heading away from goal. The decision looked harsh, but ­Murray blazed the spot-kick over the bar with Dyche still busy remonstrating with the fourth official on the touchline. There had been few early openings for either side, though Dunk’s volley would have threatened the goal if it had not smacked into the back of his ­team-mate, Pascal Gross, after 12 ­minutes. Burnley were improved in the second half, though there were very few chances for either side. Dunk set Knockaert free down the right and the Frenchman raced towards goal, only to shoot unconvincingly past the far post. Though Burnley were on the back foot, Chris Wood did find the net after an hour, but was judged offside following Scott Arfield’s initial shot. Wood then latched on to another through ball and tried to chip Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan but the Australian was equal to it. Brighton were unable to maintain the momentum they had created earlier and Dyche’s men seemed happy to settle for a point, which keeps them on the coat-tails of the league’s elite. “I’m very conscious of how difficult this league is,” said Hughton. “Teams around us and even below us have more experience than us and have spent more money than us.  “We’ve just got to find this formula to get the goals that we need to win football matches.”

Brighton 0 Burnley 0: Glenn Murray rues missed penalty in forgettable stalemate

It is an exciting time to be a Burnley fan. Fifth in the league and with Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool to play over the festive season, they are in unchartered waters. This was a little less exciting and manager Sean Dyche was satisfied to leave his Christmas trip to the seaside with a point after weathering Brighton’s first-half storm. “The overriding thing is three clean sheets and seven points in a week. That’s a fantastic return,” said Dyche. “We’re not the real deal but I think we’ve moved forward. We don’t swagger into places. We haven’t earned that yet,” he added, as ever keeping his feet well and truly anchored to the ground. Brighton were the better side, ­particularly in the first half, which would have been reflected on the scoresheet had Glenn Murray not fired his penalty so high, it nearly left the Amex Stadium. “I think it was more of a tangle than a foul. From a distance you can see why he’s given it,” said Dyche. Murray’s was clearly Brighton’s best chance, though Anthony Knockaert also hit a post and Nick Pope saved ­brilliantly from Lewis Dunk’s header. Chris Wood had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside Credit: reuters This result is far more costly for the hosts than the visitors. Chris Hughton’s side are now without a win since Nov 4 and have scored only once, ironically a penalty, in six games. “When somebody misses a penalty that is part and parcel of the game. There’s no point in saying anything ­because he would be very disappointed himself,” said Hughton, adding that this game was “a missed opportunity”. This was the first meeting between these sides in the top flight and it is ­unlikely to live long in the memory. The stadium announcer fluffed his lines as the teams emerged for kick-off to set the tone for Murray’s similarly i­ndecipherable set-piece. Brighton were rewarded for their ­efforts when Chris Kavanagh awarded them a penalty as Murray tangled legs with James Tarkowski, while heading away from goal. The decision looked harsh, but ­Murray blazed the spot-kick over the bar with Dyche still busy remonstrating with the fourth official on the touchline. There had been few early openings for either side, though Dunk’s volley would have threatened the goal if it had not smacked into the back of his ­team-mate, Pascal Gross, after 12 ­minutes. Burnley were improved in the second half, though there were very few chances for either side. Dunk set Knockaert free down the right and the Frenchman raced towards goal, only to shoot unconvincingly past the far post. Though Burnley were on the back foot, Chris Wood did find the net after an hour, but was judged offside following Scott Arfield’s initial shot. Wood then latched on to another through ball and tried to chip Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan but the Australian was equal to it. Brighton were unable to maintain the momentum they had created earlier and Dyche’s men seemed happy to settle for a point, which keeps them on the coat-tails of the league’s elite. “I’m very conscious of how difficult this league is,” said Hughton. “Teams around us and even below us have more experience than us and have spent more money than us.  “We’ve just got to find this formula to get the goals that we need to win football matches.”

Watford 1 Huddersfield 4: Terriers secure precious win as both teams reduced to 10 men in pulsating clash

David Wagner hailed an “extraordinary” performance as Huddersfield Town banished their away-day blues in an incident-packed game at Watford. After seven successive blanks on their travels, Huddersfield ended a run of 648 minutes without scoring since the opening day of the season with their first four-goal haul in the top flight since 1956. The margin of victory was every bit as emphatic as it looked as Huddersfield lived up to their Terriers nickname by snapping at Watford’s heels from the first whistle. “To be so focused and strong mentally that you believe in yourself and what you’re doing even though we had such a bad away run, this is something extrordinary and makes me even more proud,” said Wagner, the Huddersfield manager. “This is exactly what this team is all about. They know exactly that what happens to us, can happen to a club like us. “The players looked fresh and we were very intense – we looked fast and it was good that we had a lot of fresh legs on the grass. I was impressed with what the players showed, even if I wasn’t surprised because I think we performed on a comparable level against Brighton at home a week ago.But to do it away at Watford – they’re a top team. We met them in a good situation for us because of the suspension and injury problems they have.” Troy Deeney is sent off by Michael Oliver Credit: REUTERS Elias Kachunga’s opener for Huddersfield was a highly controversial effort as referee Michael Oliver appeared to allow two offsides following Aaron Mooy’s hook back into the danger area. Kachunga then departed to a serious injury to his left knee before his replacement, Tom Ince, crossed for Mooy to make it 2-0 in the 23rd minute. There was only 29 minutes gone when Watford captain Troy Deeney was sent off for a tackle from behind on Quaner. The offence looked like it should have been a booking rather than a straight red. Oliver had been in charge when Deeney received a retrospective three-match ban for gouging Stoke’s Joe Allen and he did not appear to want to give the Watford captain a second chance this time. Watford manager Marco Silva refused to criticise the officials, however. “It’s not only the referee, it’s the officials, but I don’t want to talk about them – nothing,” he said. “Of course I have my opinion, but I don’t want to talk about it at the moment.” Watford, who had Tom Cleverley and Marvin Zeegelaar suspended for this game, have now had four players sent off this season, more than any other team in the Premier League. But Silva insists there aren’t disciplinary problems with his players. “No, I am sure about that. Until now you can talk about the red card for Richarlison, but as for the others, no,” he said. But he revealed Deeney had been to see Oliver about his red card. “Troy went to see the referee and he [Oliver] said ‘I gave you the red card not because of the tackle, but the speed [of it]’,” he said. Of the “offside” first goal, Silva added: “It’s not my job to talk about things I cannot control. My job is to do my best and keep working hard because the Premier League is not easy.” Huddersfield kept their foot on the gas after the break, and Laurent Depoitre drilled in their third goal. Huddersfield were reduced to 10 men in the 62nd minute when Jonathan Hogg, the former Watford midfielder, was sent off for a second bookable offence for a kick on Richarlison. Watford took advantage by pulling one back six minutes later when Abdoulaye Doucoure rifled home an unstoppable shot from 30 yards. But Huddersfield made sure when Mooy drove home a penalty in the 89th minute after Doucoure pushed Depoitre from behind.

Watford 1 Huddersfield 4: Terriers secure precious win as both teams reduced to 10 men in pulsating clash

David Wagner hailed an “extraordinary” performance as Huddersfield Town banished their away-day blues in an incident-packed game at Watford. After seven successive blanks on their travels, Huddersfield ended a run of 648 minutes without scoring since the opening day of the season with their first four-goal haul in the top flight since 1956. The margin of victory was every bit as emphatic as it looked as Huddersfield lived up to their Terriers nickname by snapping at Watford’s heels from the first whistle. “To be so focused and strong mentally that you believe in yourself and what you’re doing even though we had such a bad away run, this is something extrordinary and makes me even more proud,” said Wagner, the Huddersfield manager. “This is exactly what this team is all about. They know exactly that what happens to us, can happen to a club like us. “The players looked fresh and we were very intense – we looked fast and it was good that we had a lot of fresh legs on the grass. I was impressed with what the players showed, even if I wasn’t surprised because I think we performed on a comparable level against Brighton at home a week ago.But to do it away at Watford – they’re a top team. We met them in a good situation for us because of the suspension and injury problems they have.” Troy Deeney is sent off by Michael Oliver Credit: REUTERS Elias Kachunga’s opener for Huddersfield was a highly controversial effort as referee Michael Oliver appeared to allow two offsides following Aaron Mooy’s hook back into the danger area. Kachunga then departed to a serious injury to his left knee before his replacement, Tom Ince, crossed for Mooy to make it 2-0 in the 23rd minute. There was only 29 minutes gone when Watford captain Troy Deeney was sent off for a tackle from behind on Quaner. The offence looked like it should have been a booking rather than a straight red. Oliver had been in charge when Deeney received a retrospective three-match ban for gouging Stoke’s Joe Allen and he did not appear to want to give the Watford captain a second chance this time. Watford manager Marco Silva refused to criticise the officials, however. “It’s not only the referee, it’s the officials, but I don’t want to talk about them – nothing,” he said. “Of course I have my opinion, but I don’t want to talk about it at the moment.” Watford, who had Tom Cleverley and Marvin Zeegelaar suspended for this game, have now had four players sent off this season, more than any other team in the Premier League. But Silva insists there aren’t disciplinary problems with his players. “No, I am sure about that. Until now you can talk about the red card for Richarlison, but as for the others, no,” he said. But he revealed Deeney had been to see Oliver about his red card. “Troy went to see the referee and he [Oliver] said ‘I gave you the red card not because of the tackle, but the speed [of it]’,” he said. Of the “offside” first goal, Silva added: “It’s not my job to talk about things I cannot control. My job is to do my best and keep working hard because the Premier League is not easy.” Huddersfield kept their foot on the gas after the break, and Laurent Depoitre drilled in their third goal. Huddersfield were reduced to 10 men in the 62nd minute when Jonathan Hogg, the former Watford midfielder, was sent off for a second bookable offence for a kick on Richarlison. Watford took advantage by pulling one back six minutes later when Abdoulaye Doucoure rifled home an unstoppable shot from 30 yards. But Huddersfield made sure when Mooy drove home a penalty in the 89th minute after Doucoure pushed Depoitre from behind.

Dyche credits Burnley's resolve in battling Brighton draw

Sean Dyche saw "good signs" in Burnley's scoreless draw away to an out-of-form Brighton and Hove Albion.

Murray 'normally very reliable' from the spot - Hughton

Chris Hughton gave support to Glenn Murray following the striker's poor spot-kick in Brighton and Hove Albion's stalemate with Burnley.

Brighton and Burnley see out goalless stalemate on the south coast

Brighton and Burnley see out goalless stalemate on the south coast

Brighton and Burnley see out goalless stalemate on the south coast

Brighton and Burnley see out goalless stalemate on the south coast

Brighton 0 Burnley 0: Glenn Murray rues missed penalty in forgettable stalemate

Brighton 0 Burnley 0: Glenn Murray rues missed penalty in forgettable stalemate

Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Burnley 0: Murray pays the penalty for Seagulls

Brighton and Hove Albion shared the spoils with Burnley despite chances for both sides to find a winner.

Pochettino eager to keep Lamela in Tottenham starting line-up

Mauricio Pochettino says he was delighted Erik Lamela was able to play 70 minutes against Brighton, and highlighed the midfielder's importance to his Tottenham side.

Pochettino eager to keep Lamela in Tottenham starting line-up

Mauricio Pochettino says he was delighted Erik Lamela was able to play 70 minutes against Brighton, and highlighed the midfielder's importance to his Tottenham side.

Pochettino eager to keep Lamela in Tottenham starting line-up

Mauricio Pochettino says he was delighted Erik Lamela was able to play 70 minutes against Brighton, and highlighed the midfielder's importance to his Tottenham side.

Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Brighton manager Chris Hughton applauds the fans after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Manchester United hit with double injury blow with Marouane Fellaini out and Eric Bailly facing long lay-off

Jose Mourinho has suffered a double injury set-back with Eric Bailly requiring ankle surgery that will rule the defender out for up to three months and Marouane Fellaini sidelined until next month with a knee injury that has already kept the midfielder out for three weeks. Bailly has missed United’s past eight matches and Mourinho revealed the decision had now been taken for the Ivory Coast centre-back to undergo an operation on his ankle, although he is confident the defender will play again this season. “Eric is going for surgery – the decision is made. I don’t say [he’s out] for the season but it it’s for the next two or three months,” said the United manager, who is also without defender Marcos Rojo (head) for Sunday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion. “But now we have [Phil] Jones back and we have [Chris] Smalling, even [Daley] Blind, so it’s a position we have good cover in but of course we’ll miss the player.” Bailly's ankle surgery will keep him out for two to three months Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Fellaini has missed United’s past five matches after aggravating a knee problem originally sustained on international duty with Belgium in early October and the club have decided the midfielder requires a longer period of rehabilitation in order to make a full recovery. The 30-year-old suffered third degree medial collateral ligament damage that forced his substitution for Belgium against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Oct. 7 but he suffered complications upon his return against Chelsea a month later. He played through the pain barrier to feature against Newcastle, Basel and Brighton but the situation has only worsened and he will now miss the entire festive programme in a blow to Mourinho.

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