Player Ratings – Brighton
Lee Grant – 5
Poor for Brighton’s first when just falling to the ground, rarely called into action otherwise.
Mame Diouf – 5
Was nowhere to be seen when Izquierdo was running at us, got the ball into decent positions going forward but did nothing with it.
Kevin Wimmer – 6
Good challenge on Murray in the early stages but was caught out of position a few times, not as bad as some made out.
Kurt Zouma – 6
Had problems dealing with Izquierdo throughout and was at fault for Brighton’s second equaliser with a pathetic excuse of a headed clearance. Did make some good challenges and found himself in the right place at the right time with his goal.
Ryan Shawcross – 7
Caused Brighton numerous issues from corners and forced a good save from Ryan himself, was very lucky not to cost us a penalty but the strongest defender on the day.
Erik Pieters – 6
Defensively sound on the day apart from one incident near the end when he completely sold himself. Going forward was useless, every cross was wasted.
Darren Fletcher – 6
Wasting possession from open play and his delivery from set pieces was inconsistent, far from his best.
Joe Allen – 7
Noticed an improvement with Allen recently and last night was no different, drove forward with the ball well and covered a lot of ground. Passing was pretty good and linked up well with the front three.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 7
What a ball for Moting, was unlucky not to score himself just before coming off.
Maxim Choupo Moting – 7
A little luck with his touch but good finish nevertheless. Managed to head the ball across to Zouma who converted for our second.
Ramadan Sobhi – 7
Forced save from Ryan after some good linkup with Allen, made some good forward runs and tracked back pretty well.
Peter Crouch – N/A
Rarely had any touches when coming on to break the bench warmer record.
By Glenn Urwin
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