Captain Gross leads Brighton to victory over Brentford

6 Dec 2023

Midfielder provides a goal and an assist as Seagulls end three-match home winless run

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Pascal Gross starred for Brighton & Hove Albion as the Seagulls beat Brentford 2-1 to end their three-match home winless run in the Premier League.

How the match unfolded

Despite Brighton controlling the opening stages, it was Brentford who opened the scoring in the 27th minute from the spot.

Jan Paul van Hecke dragged Vitaly Janelt to the ground inside the box and Bryan Mbeumo converted the penalty with great composure, sending Jason Steele the wrong way.

However, it did not take Brighton long to respond as Gross equalised four minutes later with a brilliant finish from the edge of the box.

Kaoru Mitoma drew three Brentford players before feeding the ball to Gross, who had the time and space to take a touch before firing the ball into the bottom-right corner.

Mitoma’s assist means he now has more direct goal involvements than any other Japanese player in Premier League history, with 19.

Brentford suffered another blow when Mbeumo was forced off with an ankle injury in the 40th minute, but the Cameroonian's replacement Yoane Wissa nearly put the Bees ahead. His effort was cleared off the line by 18-year-old right-back Jack Hinshelwood.

Hinshelwood then put the Seagulls ahead in the 52nd minute with his first Premier League goal, rising highest to head the ball across Mark Flekken and into the far corner from Gross’s cross.

Hinshelwood goal v Brentford

It was the 18th Premier League goal scored by a Brighton teenager in 2023, the most in a single year since 25 found the net for Liverpool in 1998.

Brighton pushed for a third goal, with Simon Adingra going close twice, but they settled for a 2-1 win.

Roberto De Zerbi’s side stay eighth but move on to 25 points. Brentford stay 11th on 19 points.

Premier League table

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
7 West Ham WHU 27 -4 42
8 Newcastle NEW 27 +12 40
9 Brighton BHA 27 +5 39
10 Wolves WOL 27 -3 38
11 Chelsea CHE 26 +1 36
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Did you know?

Brighton are only the fifth side to both score and concede in each of their opening 15 matches of an English top-flight season, and first since Wolves in 1934-35 (16).

Brighton and Hove Albion have scored in 31 consecutive Premier League matches, only the fourth team to ever score in more than 30 games in a row, along with Arsenal (55 between May 2001-Nov 2002), Manchester United (36 between Dec 2007-Nov 2008) and Liverpool (36 between Mar 2019-Feb 2020).

Brighton’s Facundo Buonanotte became the joint-second youngest non-European to make 20 Premier League appearances (18 years, 348 days), level with Victor Anichebe who was exactly the same age in 2007 for Everton on his 20th appearance. Only Alejandro Garnacho (18 years, 328 days in May) has reached that total at a younger age.

Among teams to have taken at least five Premier League penalties, only Swansea City (95%, 20/21) have scored a higher percentage of them than Brentford (94%, 16/17). Mbeumo has scored all five of the penalties he’s taken in the competition for the Bees.

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