Brighton Face Tough Test At Goodison Park

Brighton & Hove Albion face a tough test against the Toffees when both sides clash this weekend in the Premier League. The visitors have had an excellent last month that culminated with coach Chris Hughton named the Manager of the Month for the first time. The team won four games in all competitions, including their stunning victory against the Gunners last week. The results have also put them in a good spot ahead of the relegation battle.

For Everton, it has not been the same story. Manager Sam Allardyce is under pressure following a string of poor results. They recently lost to Burnley, with experienced defender Ashley Williams sent off. Eliaquim Mangala who joined from Man City is injured for the rest of the season. Everton expect Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori back from injury though. They would serve as a boost.

Ahead of the game, Everton have the advantage having only lost once at Goodison Park in nine games. Still, it would be a challenge to end Brighton’s seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions. If Brighton can get the desired results away then it would speak further on their strong mentality.

“This is the best form we’ve been in this season – but the next game is always the toughest. We’re in a position where the changes between a few games can make a big difference,” Hughton has said ahead of the game.

The Seagulls have seven points between them and the danger zone. Despite their strong form, it remains a challenge to get the result at Everton’s home, where they have always been stronger. Allardyce admitted that there has been a lot of pressure on them due to their last two results away from home. He adds that they will have to cope with the pressure and deliver at home, “where [their] bread and butter lie.”


Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed a deal with Fiorentina to land Senegalese striker KhoumaBabacar, according to reports.

The 24-year old made the move after the Serie A side accepted an improved bid from Falmer Stadium.

Fiorentina had initially rejected an £11.5 million bid but the agreed to a deal worth £16.6 million. The Seagulls wanted a striker to help them retain their top tier status this term. The player had fallen in the pecking order at the Italian side as Giovanni Simeone and Cyril Thereau arrived. Babacar wanted to stay and fight for a shirt at first but turned around to agree an England move.

The Fiorentina Academy product is expected to add fire to the Brighton ranks. He netted 14 times in 31 games last term. If he can better that tally for the Albion, they stand a decent chance of remaining in the Premier League by May 2018. Continue reading BRIGHTON SIGN BABACAR FROM FIORENTINA

Chris Hughton is in no hurry to get all his signings done

Chris Hughton is in no hurry to get all his signings done ahead of Brighton’s first game in the Premiership which happens to be against the Sky Blues.

It’s the first time that Brighton is going to feature in the English top tier and Hughton is feeling the need to enhance his squad so that it proves to be competitive through the season against the big boys.

Also as per the rules of the Premiership, each of the clubs need to submit their squads till 31st of August which is the closing date of the transfer window and the squads can’t be short of 25 players.

So that’s another reason why Brighton needs to make some new additions to the squad soon, but, Hughton is not getting desperate about the situation and is calm and composed.

He has been around for long enough to understand that patience is the key in transfer matters and one should never try to rush the signings. Continue reading Chris Hughton is in no hurry to get all his signings done


Premier League prospective new boys – following their promotion from the Championship – suffered serious setbacks from being confirmed winners of the league as they crashed 2-0 in the hands of Norwich City.

The goals were stunning as they came off the back of goalkeeper David Stockdale. Both goals came through Alex Pritchard and each hit the woodwork then scored upon hitting the back of the keeper.

Ahead of the game, many expected the newly promoted side to get the victory and lift the Championship title, with games to spare, after a late surge saw them draw away from Newcastle United. The scorer of both goals coincidentally was a prospect for Brighton & Hove Albion before he changed his mind and signed for Norwich last year.

Brighton fans had booed the player as the game started but his actions soon silenced them. Both goals which were identical were scored in the 18th and 39th minute but Brighton could not come back into the duel. Continue reading BRIGHTON LOSE AFTER TWO OWN GOALS

Chris Hughton disappointed with loss

Brighton manager Chris Hughton said that he was disappointed with his team loss in the game against Leeds United.

The only difference in the game according to him was Leeds finishing as he feels that his team has done enough in order to win the game.

Brighton would have overtaken Newcastle United at the top of the league if they had won the game and Chris Hughton said he is disappointed with the result.

Indeed both sides had only three shots on target, and Leeds United managed to score with two of those. On the other hand, Brighton strikers were guilty of missing some clear-cut opportunities that would have allowed them to win this important game.

Chris Hughton said that he knew that the game will become more open in the second-half and that they will get opportunities. He believes that his team controlled the game better in the second half and got enough chances to win the game but his strikers could not score from the occasion they obtain. Continue reading Chris Hughton disappointed with loss


Blackburn Rover manager Owen Coyle believes his team can head into Christmas happy with a win over Reading on Saturday.

Blackburn Rovers who play Reading in what would be their last home game of 2016, would be looking to win having tasted defeat twice this week.

The midweek loss to at Brighton see Blackburn Rovers return once again into the relegation zone; hence, the manager knows that a win over Reading on Saturday would give them a much needed boost to move up the table. Coyle said: “In the build-up to Christmas it would be great to sign off with a win; so it is an opportunity now to look, to bounce back quickly and go and look to win a tough game against Reading.”

Coyle praised reading for investing in their team and believes their form can be attributed to the fact that the club spent money to bring in players than can improve the team’s overall performance. He went on further to describe reading as a good technical team who like to pass and move the ball around. Continue reading COYLE: PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT IF WE WIN

Can Chris Hughton take charge of the English national side?

According to the head coach of the League One club Southend United, Phil Brown believes that Chris Hughton has what it takes to become the manager of the England national football team which is currently without any coach following allegations of malpractice which forced Sam Allardyce to resign his managerial position after only 1 game in charge.

Sam Allardyce was named as the manager of the England national side on July 22 of 2016 and he led the team to a 2018 qualification FIFA World Cup victory over Slovakia but a series of events occurred which resulted with Allardyce stepping down from coaching that team and now the Football Association (FA) is in search of someone who can calm things down and become a long term solution for everything that has been going on in recent weeks.

Phil Brown is the manager of Southend United and he has stated that Chris Hughton of Brighton & Hove Albion is a viable option.

“Chris Hughton comes to mind for me because of the great job he’s been doing in the English game. He’s a tactician and a technician and he’s been at some big clubs both as a player and as a manager.He knows how to deal with the stature of the players but there are a lot of good managers out there.Sean Dyche is another one but whoever gets the job has to be squeaky clean and if there are any skeletons in your closest then don’t apply.” Phil Brown stated. Continue reading Can Chris Hughton take charge of the English national side?


English Championship sides Norwich City, Brighton and Hove Albion, and new joiners Aston Villa are fighting for Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan, according to reports. Aston Villa are keen on returning to the Premier League as soon as possible.

They have gone lengths that hint that Roberto Di Matteo could have a chance, but other Championship sides wouldn’t have it. Rolan has been attracting interests from several clubs across Europe but after his brilliant start in the new campaign, French News outlet RMC Sport claim that representatives from Norwich, and Brighton and Hove Albion were watching the player in a game recently with the hope to sign him.

Rolan plays for Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1, and he has scored two goals in three games so far. Aston Villa were linked to the player all summer. The report says they are still interested in the 26-year old forward. However, they would have to battle their Championship counterparts to land the player this summer, or in the next.


English Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Ben Hall ahead of the coming season, according to a report from the BBC Sports.

The club didn’t disclose the transfer fee of the player. Hall, who is 19 years old, made 19 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in the last campaign. His new deal with Brighton is for two years, but he is set to play in Albion’s under-21 squad initially.

The player is a Northern Ireland Under-19 international and the Seagulls’ coach claims he would join the first team of the club with time. Chris Hughton told the website: “Ben is an excellent young prospect. His challenge is not only to progress but to be ready to make that step up into the first-team squad.”

Motherwell claim the player was offered several different deals to remain at Fir Park, which he joined form Dungannon Swifts in 2013, but he refused the deals to join Albion. Manager Mark McGhee told his club website: “We have been in discussions with Ben for the best part of five months,” “However, we have always been conscious that this may happen and, as such, have been working on a replacement, which we hope to announce soon.” Continue reading BRIGHTON SIGNS BEN HALL WHILE LUTON BUYS GLEN REA


English Championship side Brighton have resigned Bournemouth striker Glenn Murray on a season long transfer deal.

The player joined Bournemouth for £4 million in the last campaign on the deadline day as a matter of fact but he could only garner seven starts all season. When he was with the seagulls he netted 56 times in his three and half year stay. His effort and goals helped the club win the League One title back in 2011. He had joined the club back then from “Rochdale but made a major impact that convinced the club to give a second chance despite his poor statistics last season.

Club boss Chris Hughton said: “Everyone at the club, and the supporters, know what Glenn will offer us. He is a proven goal scorer and an excellent addition to the squad.”

The player who has played for Barrow, Carlisle, Stockport, Crystal Palace and Reading will join other additions Steve Sidwell and Ben Hall as new arrivals when the season kicks off. They hope to feature when the new season begins on August 6th. They are billed to start the forthcoming Championship season with a trip to Derby County. Continue reading BRIGHTON RESIGN BOURNEMOUTH STRIKER