Brighton's Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan concedes 'worst goal ever' against Bournemouth

Beth Cruz
January 3, 2018

Bournemouth have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last ten matches in all competitions, with their last shut-out a goalless draw at Swansea in late November.

Steve Cook, with his clever back-flick header, equalised against his former club off a corner and the teams went into the half-time break with the scoreline reading 1-1.

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert opened the scoring in the fifth minute after finishing off a flowing move.

Brighton now have 23 points from 22 games, two more than Bournemouth who will still view the relegation zone with slightly more trepidation.

Albion got back in front early in the second half Izquierdo latching on to a loose ball and getting clear of the defence his beautifully weighted pass found Murray, who took his time, before smashing the ball home to put Albion back in front.

But some slapstick set-piece defending allowed Wilson to join Murray on six goals for the season.

It was the kind of miss that might have begun to prey on the minds of Hughton and his players had Brighton not added a second just three minutes into the second half. Knockaert scored from close range after an assist from Jose Izquierdo.

Knockaert saw Cook get in the way of a powerful left-footed strike in the 56th minute and Bournemouth's goalscorer thwarted the excellent Gross with similar bravery as Brighton looked to snuff out their opponents' hopes. A "clearance" bounced off Bournemouth defender Adam Smith before Wilson was able to poke home past Brighton keeper Maty Ryan.

Ryan Fraser scored twice in Bournemouth's 2-1 Premier League win over Everton a few days ago, but the Scottish worldwide will miss the Cherries New Year's Day clash with Brighton & Hove Albion through injury.

Bournemouth will go for the double over Brighton, having already beaten the Gulls in the reverse fixture by a 2-1 score at Vitality Stadium in September.

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