Two wins over Liverpool in 15 days

Two wins over Liverpool in 15 days

On Saturday 29 January 2023 it was 39 years to the day since Brighton beat Liverpool 2-0 at the old Goldstone Ground to knock the all-conquering Reds out of the FA Cup.

The Albion goals that day came from Gerry Ryan and Terry Connor. The headline on Monday’s Daily Mirror sports pages read ‘All Things Brighton Beautiful’ and the match report went on to say that Brighton are now Liverpool’s bogeyman after beating the Reds out of the FA Cup at Anfield a season earlier.

This time the challenge for Brighton was to beat Liverpool twice in 15 days. And thanks to genuine determination, hard work, unity and a willingness to never give up, they made it.

Still having a bad sprain to my right ankle I wouldn’t have been able to make the walk from the Amex parking lot to the East Stand so it was the sofa again for me.

Frustrating to say the least. But such a high-profile game meant plenty of coverage, with Johnny Cantor broadcasting as usual on BBC Radio Sussex and the game also being broadcast live on ITV.

Clive Tydlesley and Ally McCoist were the commentators, but more excitingly, my hero Glenn Murray was an expert. What a fantastic insight he brought in the Brighton win.

ITV showed a great interview with young Alexis Mac Allister ahead of the game. What an impressive young man he is who continues to show genuine loyalty and gratitude to Albion for how the club helped him become a World Cup star.

Everything was fine from the start. Naby Keita launched an early Liverpool attack and Adam Webster made an important block in a close encounter followed by a goal-line clearance by Lewis dunk.

Brighton also looked dangerous as they reclaimed the ball. A great play in midfield found its way to Solly March on the right.

He sliced ​​inside and put a low cross into the box which unfortunately fell flat on Evan Ferguson’s foot, meaning a weak Trent Alexander-Arnold shot was cleared off the line.

An attempt by Solly March flew over the bar. Kaoru Mitoma turned the ball to Ferguson, who played back to Mitoma to save a shot that Alisson didn’t parry cleanly.

Then the unbelievable happened, Mo Salah broke through the middle with the kind of chance we’ve seen so many times in the past. This time, however, he put the ball past Jason Steele’s post.

Cody Gakpo put a ball into Salah, with Tariq Lamptey stepping up this time to make an interception. The ball slid back to Steel and right on cue, the Albion goalkeeper smothered it. Great stuff from Steele, as always.

It quickly became a classic cup game as Liverpool scored their only goal of the game. Salah made the most of an out-of-position dunk, following a rebound from another player and slotting the ball through the gap left by Harvey Elliott.

The Liverpool youngster made no mistake and beat Steele to give the Reds the lead after 30 minutes.

Half-time was fast approaching but the support from Amex was superb and the crowd sounded in excellent voice, leading Albion to find an equalizer before the break.

Ibrahima Konate gave away a corner which Brighton played briefly. When the ball crossed into the penalty area, Alexander-Arnold guided it into space.

The room didn’t stay long, however. Speedy Gonzalez Tariq Lamptey raced for the ball and shot into a group of players. It caught Dunk and deflected past Alisson, giving Rick O’Shea a goal for Brighton.

The Albion attacked the North Stand in the second half and that seemed to inspire the players. Liverpool were the opposite and seemed to get more and more desperate as the game progressed. In the end, they resembled a group of bad players from a naughty boys’ school.

A dunk free-kick crept just outside the far post after Mac Allister was brought down on the first of a large number of fouls committed by the Reds.

Pascal Gross turned and shot a little too high over the bar after our Japanese bullet train Mitoma made a great build up and squirmed around the back before slamming through to Gross.

March landed in the net but couldn’t take the ball with him. The cross he just couldn’t convert came back from, yes, you guessed it, Mitoma.

Ferguson ripped one up from close range but couldn’t find the back of the net. At that point I figured it was only a matter of time before Brighton scored a second goal.

Liverpool must have thought the same thing as they got even more violent. Mac Allister was on his way to goal when Konate hit our world champion across the neck with his right elbow.

It happened just before the penalty area and Konate had already received a yellow card. How referee David Coote waved is a mystery.

An even worse foul came next from Fabinho. He came into play in the 85th minute and was booked in the 86th for pulling his studs just behind Ferguson’s Achilles.

Ferguson was in significant pain and unable to continue. Fabinho knew he should have been sent off, so much so that he laughed when the referee only showed a yellow card.

Five minutes of stoppage time was announced when Andrew Robertson turned up another dirty Liverpool tackle to stop Mac Allister.

Brighton never gave up at their best and they certainly wouldn’t be thrown off if Liverpool felt it was the only way to get a replay at Anfield.

Gross took the free kick and sent the ball to the far post. The running Pervis Estupinan rebounded the ball and chipped it back to the other side of the goal where Mitoma juggled a bit left to right and fired home.

On TV, the noise greeting the gate was so loud it sounded like an explosion. Things settled down when a VAR check was announced but after an agonizing wait it was ruled on the side and Brighton led 2-1 in the 92nd minute.

My sofa springs were still getting smashed and I had a tear in my eye when the game restarted. Liverpool would now have to do more than chop down the Albion and, despite all the red shirts frantically charging forward, Brighton held on to a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

We know we’re going to encounter Stoke City, nicknamed the Potters. It’s ironic that Brighton must defeat Potters to get one step closer to the FA Cup final. Maybe I’ll see the new Wembley before I sniff it! Fingers crossed.

Tony Edel @Noble1844Tony

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