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El-Abd’s Albion put the BURN in Burnley
Gus Poyet’s men showed their might and intent of pushing for promotion to the Premier League away to Burnley on Saturday.
Brighton fan Tom Phillips recaps the Seagulls’ brilliant victory…
The Pharaohs’ very own Adam El-Abd, who made his 300th appearance for the club the previous weekend, played the entire match for the Seagulls, and with the sheer class of Scotsman Craig Mackail-Smith, Brighton sealed an impressive 3-1 victory at Burnley. Indeed, the players showed their brilliance and discipline with some marvellous free-flowing football that would attract all fans of the sport.
Gus Poyet released a “statement of intent” on transfer deadline day for Albion’s push for Premier League status; with the signings of David Lopez (Athletic Bilbao), Dean Hammond (Southampton), Stephen Dobbie and Andrea Orlandi (both Swansea); it’s clear no place is safe in the Seagulls’ starting XI.
The game started off in traditional Championship manner – uncontrollably. In 15 minutes, shots were pinging left, right and centre, while Andrew Crofts, who rejoined the club from Norwich in August, controlled the midfield battle (before going off with a muscular injury).
Brighton’s attacking play paid off. After 18 minutes, Craig Mackail-Smith (CMS) smacked a 20-yard worldy strike into the bottom right-hand corner. Fantastic move. 1-0 Albion!
Now back to our English-born Egyptian international, Adam El-Abd. The guy is a rock. In my opinion, every team needs a player like El-Abd. Why? He never gives up, winds opponents up, and is never afraid to make a crunching challenge. King Fut will soon have a complete Player Profile on Adam El-Abd.
We return to the game, and in true Albion tradition, we lose the lead against the run of play. Gordon Greer own goal, 1-1. Sympathy due, he couldn’t do anything more, just trying to fulfil his defensive duties.
Great same-old Albion under Gus. Dominate possession, take the lead, concede, and leave disapp… Wait. What?! Craig Mackail-Smith SMACKS IN an impeccable training routine move with a flying volley.
We don’t seem to get enough of CMS. I hope you don’t either!
What does El-Abd do?! Takes down the Scotsman and cue a massive 8-man bundle. True team spirit shown by the boys! The Pharaoh was unbelievable in marking the in-form Charlie Austin of Burnley, as he only got a single chance on target, and that was only in the second half, when Adam wasn’t marking him! Truly a display of class in defence.
The domination didn’t stop there, oh no. In fact, Albion went on to smack 10 shots on target – something that hasn’t been achieved since the start of the year. It was a pleasurable sight to say the least, especially since some Albion fans don’t particularly like Burnley manager Eddie Howe. Well, I don’t; and I thoroughly enjoyed going to the game.
Typical captain moment from Greer as he resurrected himself like a Phoenix from the ashes – 88th minute header, no chance for the keeper! The Scotsman was Gus’ number one target in his first season at the Albion, snapping him up for £250,000 from then, League One rivals Swindon Town, and was immediately appointed club captain.
This was also a terrific start for debutant Orlandi, a deadline day signing from the Premier league club Swansea. The Spaniard provided sublime delivery from the corner, assisting Greer’s final goal.
Overall, a truly superb team performance that the Championship will definitely fear! Only the Charlton and Peterborough demolitions a couple of seasons ago can top this performance for me.
With the 3 points from the thrashing of Mido’s Barnsley and now this solid win at Turf Moor, there is no question that the next couple of months will make this season one hell of a roller-coaster ride!
Brighton’s next two npower Championship matches are against Sheffield Wednesday and Watford after the international break.
Tom Phillips is a Brighton season ticket holder who’ll be regularly providing Brighton and Adam El-Abd reports on King Fut. He’ll soon be writing on the Poyet factor behind El-Abd’s success and how the recent Egypt international has silenced his critics in true style. You can follow Tom on Twitter (@Tom_Philzo).