Many assumed Brighton and Stoke City’s Premier League clash last night wouldn’t be one for the neutrals. Stoke can’t afford another defeat after a slow start to the season and Brighton will rely on defensive discipline and organisation to fend off the threat of an instant return to the Championship.
But Monday Night Football certainly didn’t disappoint. The Amex Stadium hosted a feisty, full-blooded and action-packed affair that produced four goals, debatable refereeing decisions and a few moments of sheer brilliance – particularly, Xherdan Shaqiri’s swerving pass for Stoke’s opening goal.
Come the final whistle, Dale Stephens picked up the Man of the Match award for his control of possession from the base of midfield. But in terms of ensuring an entertaining affair, it was his midfield partner Davy Propper who was the true driving force behind the entertaining 2-2 draw.
Indeed, the eight-cap Dutchman’s surging runs forward, completing the most dribbles of any player on the pitch, were a defining feature of Brighton’s attacking play and eventually resulted in their first goal as Propper’s driven cross found its way to Pascal Groß.
That was just one of three chances Propper created throughout the ninety minutes, which also saw a return of 65 passes only bettered by the aforementioned Stevens. But it was those ambitious breaks into the attack that injected the energy and dynamism into the match to make it such a high-octane, open and entertaining affair.
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