We asked four long-time Albion fans for their thoughts on the 2-0 win at West Ham.
And we moved on to their early assessment of newly arrived left-back Pervis Estupinan.
What were your thoughts on Albion’s performance at West Ham?
Colin Beales: I don’t think we should be surprised to take a point from West Ham, but Albion put in another really solid team performance that will give us some more away points. West Ham started pretty well but goals change games and the penalty certainly seemed to give us something to build on. Hearing the West Ham fans booing their players at half-time showed the obvious frustration we caused. It’s great to see us progressing to second and a comfortable win.
Tim Ayling: Another tactical master class from Potter executed to perfection by the boys. At no point was I particularly worried about West Ham and it was a matter of time. Nice to score with just two shots on target after last week’s misses.
Alan Brownings: A really good performance. We kept them out for the first 15 minutes of each half and took our chances well when they came.
James Heasman: I thought Brighton was excellent. We really have a well-coordinated team that likes to carve out the ball or play a more direct style. The fact that everyone is so relaxed on the ball and understands tactical adjustments throughout the game just goes to show what an excellent manager Graham Potter is. We felt completely comfortable.
Who was your pick among the Albion players?
Colin Beales: So many good performances from Sanchez when needed, Dunky protecting the lines, Gross and Trossard through to Danny up front. However, if I had to name one, I would pick Alexis Mac Allister, who is brilliant in his new role in midfield.
Tim Ayling: So many to choose from. Webster was great, Mac Allister had his best game of the season, but Welbs probably made the difference. He was a constant thorn in their side.
Alan Brownings: Danny Welbeck again led the line very well and won the penalty. He seems twice as strong this season and a different class.
James Heasman: Everyone played their part well. Webster was back at his best, Dunk literally “belonged” to Antonio but I thought Alexis Mac Allister was great and is another player we need to keep on a long-term contract.
Early thoughts on Estupiñán – and the tactical options his presence might open up?
Colin Beales: It’s very early days but it’s been quite surprising how well he’s fitted in, especially in attack. I’m not sure if he tested particularly well defensively. A promising start that I’m sure will give Graham some headaches in the coming season.
Tim Ayling: He looked rock solid and good going forward. He will allow us to switch back to a back four if we don’t have another left-back. More great deals.
Alan Brownings: He seems to be a really good replacement for Cucurella and is showing signs of real promise. He’s going to cause problems for a few people.
James Heasman: He’s made a very promising start and brings a more natural balance to the team, especially when we switch four at the back. Additionally, he’s clearly good at crossing, so he might offer an alternative full-back option. Another good job by the recruitment team.
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