Tuesday 21 May 2019

Hughton in a flap as Seagulls are savaged

Brighton 0 Bournemouth 5

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA
Bournemouth's Callum Wilson celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

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Chris Hughton admitted Brighton self-destructed as they crashed to their heaviest defeat at the this venue. The shambolic Seagulls were thumped by Bournemouth and had Anthony Knockaert sent off for a senseless, reckless challenge early in the second half.

BBC pundit Dion Dublin branded Knockaert's late chop on Adam Smith "disgusting" and claimed it "could have been a career-ending tackle". Brighton were already 2-0 down when Knockaert's red mist descended thanks to goals either side of half-time from Dan Gosling and Ryan Fraser. David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas then also got in on the act to leave Brighton facing a relegation six-pointer on Tuesday night at home to Cardiff, who could cut the gap to just two points with a win.

"We have no choice, we have a game on Tuesday and everyone will be looking for a reaction," said Hughton. "There's not one player in that changing room who hasn't been through a bad defeat, an embarrassing defeat, a humiliating defeat, whatever you want to call it, and had to go again.

"That's the nature of the game. It's our worst overall performance and we have no choice but to be better."

Brighton's Bernardo (left) and Bournemouth's David Brooks battle for the ball. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA
Brighton's Bernardo (left) and Bournemouth's David Brooks battle for the ball. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

For Bournemouth, only a second win in 10 matches finally saw them break through the 40-point barrier.

"It has been a difficult run for us recently, so we knew the importance of this game, we were desperate to win," said manager Eddie Howe. "Some of our build-up play was trademark us, the style of play returned. It was great to see Dan Gosling score after a long period without a goal, and then in the second half we gelled and linked really well around the box and showed real quality."

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