Neal Maupay hits the post as Brighton lose 1-0 to Brentford

Neal Maupay produced 90 busy minutes at the Amex yesterday.

But the width of the post prevented a goal against his old club later in the season.

A completely transformed Albion side took on a strong Brentford line-up and lost what it was worth, 1-0.

Maupay, the subject of a bid from Serie A’s Salernitana, had a full game for the home side, who made most of the running.

He did so as reports from Italy suggested Salernitana was making progress in signing one of their other summer targets, Andrea Pinamonti at Inter.

A very soft goal, the third gift they’ve handed out this summer, ultimately sent the Seagulls to defeat.

But there was a lot to enjoy about their football.

Maupay, Jan Paul van Hecke, Matt Clarke, Shane Duffy and Steven Alzate all had full games limited in the dying minutes.

The final dress rehearsal is this Saturday when Espanyol visits the Amex.

This game was a great opportunity for those who had limited minutes against Estoril and Reading to enjoy more playing time.

Graham Potter sent a team very similar to XIs who finished those two games.

Jason Steele was protected by a right-to-left back three of van Hecke, Duffy and Clarke.

Julio Enciso worked on the right flank and Kaoru Mitoma on the left. Adam Lallana patrolled in front of the defense with close support from Alzate.

Jeremy Sarmiento was licensed to roam up front while Deniz Undav and Maupay were in attack.

They faced a strong Brentford side as the serious business of the Premier League season draws near.

It quickly became clear that Enciso was facing the toughest physical test he had faced in pre-season.

But after being fouled a few yards from the right touchline, he showed his skill at set pieces.

A right footed free kick was whipped up with pace and dip and teasingly channeled between defender and goalkeeper David Raya.

It went all the way to Clarke at the far post and he headed it home – when the flag went for offside.

There were instances where Enciso drifted into pockets further down the field and Sarmiento came up on the right flank.

The Ecuadorian once saw a cross take a defender to safety and at times showed strength and skill on the ball.

But Maupay came the closest to scoring.

Eager to participate in the build-up, Undav brought him on target and saw his shot bounce off the post. As the attack continued, Mitoma tried to deflect a shot over Raya, who saved.

The Spanish goalkeeper had already produced a sharp stop to his left to turn behind an Undav shot.

Albion looked really good in possession for much of the half.

Steele had to make a save as he dived right to get past a shot from Shandon Baptiste, who sliced ​​in from the left.

Josh Dasilva curled a free kick over the bar late in the half.

Raya continued to enjoy a good afternoon after the break.

He was quick down to save from Undav and stretched over his head to ward off an attempt from Sarmiento, who had snapped up a sharp break from the right.

His direct run can be an asset to Albion this season, whether it’s from the start or as an effect late on.

Clarke’s header from a choppy cross from Lallana almost resulted in a goal, but van Hecke deflected the ball down the stretch.

A rare run for Florin Andone might have gotten him a goal if he’d struck more cleanly as it all fell to him.

And Undav dragged a try over the bar.

Perhaps Albion’s best act of the afternoon was fighting their way through what appeared to be a very well organized Brentford press with precision and patience.

It resulted in Enciso leading the ball over the goal with several players, notably Undav, just not catching it.

Alzate fell into the quarterback role previously filled by Lallana when the latter departed and much went through him.

The hosts efficiently fended off several set pieces and Kjell Scherpen saved a shot.

But a normal afternoon was cut short in the 78th minute when the Dutch keeper’s pass was intercepted and the Bees brought Ivan Toney to a quiet finish while the defenders struggled to come back.

Albion: Steele (scissors 60); Van Hecke, Duffy, Clarke; Enciso (Karbownik 60), Lallana (Kozlowski 60), Alzate, Mitoma (Moran 69); Sarmiento (Zeqiri 60); Undav (Andone 69), Maupay. Unused Subs: Jenks, Spong, Turns, Beadle.

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