Huddersfield 3-1 Brighton Player Ratings: Brilliant Brown


Terriers celebrate –

An impressive performance helped Huddersfield to a 3-1 win over Championship leaders Brighton on Thursday evening – but how did players on both teams score?

Huddersfield Town

Danny Ward – his poor decision to advance was not the only thing to blame for Hemed’s goal but given that Ward was otherwise untested, a clean sheet would have been the only thing to resemble a good performance. 4

Tommy Smith – got forward a lot and forced Murphy back, particularly in the first half hour. Combined superbly with Kachunga at times and deserved his goal. 9
Michael Hefele – due to his height, he posed a threat in the opposing penalty area in the first half. Lost Hemed for the goal. 6
Christopher Schindler – one or two perfect slide tackles, some timely interceptions too. Schindler was composed on the ball, at times drifting to the left touchline, such was the team’s expansive approach. 8
Chris Lowe – didn’t get forward as much as Smith but never tested by Knockaert. One poor back pass that led to a corner. 7

Jonathan Hogg – often dropped in between the centre-backs, allowing them to split. Looks rejuvenated this term, adding defensive nous to a forward-thinking midfield. 7
Aaron Mooy – pulled strings in midfield with remarkable intelligence. Played some precision passes into the final third – sadly one of them went to the opposition in the wrong final third. 8

Elias Kachunga – drifted inside dragging Pocognoli with him, thus creating space for Smith. Had good control in tight areas. 9
Izzy Brown – found a lot of space in front of the Brighton back-four and was heavily involved throughout. Town fans will hope his injury is not serious. 9
Van La Parra – in an energetic display, Rajiv caused problems both down the left and when cutting into central areas, as he did for Wells’ goal. 8

Nahki Wells – stretched play with superb pace and movement, interchanging with the three attacking midfielders. A firm finish to put the Terriers back in front. 8

Kasey Palmer (on 71) – lively and forced a save from Stockdale with his late drive. 7
Joe Lolley (on 77) – instigated breakaways and always chased the ball back if he lost it. 7
Collin Quaner (on 83) – added pace and power in his short time on the pitch. 6

Brighton & Hove Albion

David Stockdale – shipped three in the first half and could only parry Wells’ cross to Kachunga. Didn’t exactly redeem himself after the break, but made a few good stops, notably from Palmer’s drive late on. 4

Bruno – looked rash early on, stuggled against Van La Parra and never offered anything going forward. Better defensively after the break, moving to centre-back after Dunk’s dismissal. 4
Shane Duffy – some good last ditch defensive work that helped stop Huddersfield create more clear cut chances. Blame for the team’s performance should lie elsewhere. 5
Lewis Dunk – remains one of the best centre-backs in the Championship, but this was not his day. Sent off for a second yellow after a strong challenge in the second half. 2
Sebastien Pocognoli – often forced inside due to the movement of Kachunga. Only got forward to put in a cross on one occassion, which won a corner. 4

Anthony Knockaert – Brighton didn’t have the grip on midfield required for him to have an impact. A victim of the lack of control, even if he was partly responsible for it. 3
Oliver Norwood – could not keep hold of the ball and too passive without it, meaning Brown and others received possession in front of the defence. 2
Beram Kayal – a lack of game time among other factors means he is miles off the midfield gladiator we saw last season. 2
Jamie Murphy – his problem was not that he didn’t track back, but more that he didn’t get stuck into Smith and Kachunga when he did. As arguably the quickest player in the team, Brighton could have used him as an outlet in possession. 3

Glenn Murray – did not close defenders down with any intent, meaning Hefele and Schlinder had time on the ball. 3
Tomer Hemed – latched onto Mooy’s backpass to tap home the opener, but otherwise anonymous. 4

Steve Sidwell (on 45) showed some battling qualities and versatility when filling in at right-back. One of the reasons Brighton didn’t concede in the second half. 6
Chuba Akpom (on 63) put himself about and provided more energy than Hemed, but lacked the service to produce anything of substance. 6
Solly March (on 63) – anonymous, but not helped by the long-standing struggles of his fellow midfielders. 4