Brighton Manager Hughton lauds ‘Impressive’ Balogun on EPL debut

Brighton Manager Hughton lauds ‘Impressive’ Balogun on EPL debut

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he is delighted with Leon Balogun’s debut performance as the Seagulls beat Manchester United 3-2 on Sunday.


The Super Eagles’ center-back came in for the Lewis Dunk who sustained an ankle injury in the 20th minute. And he was impressive as Brighton recorded their first win of the campaign.


Brighton surprisingly doubled their lead two minutes later through defender, Shane Duffy, who stoked in after United failed to clear a corner kick clumsily conceded by Eric Bailly.


The Red Devils halved the deficit on 34 minutes through Lukaku’s header from three yards out.


The former Chelsea youngster was left unmarked to pounce on a brave Luke Shaw volley which bounced on the turf onto his head.


Bailly’s evening went from bad to worse when he conceded a penalty from a clumsy tackle and Pascal Gross converted from the spot to give Brighton a deserved 3-1 lead at the break.


Jose Mourinho rang the changes at the break; Lingard, Rashford and Fellaini coming on to try and make a difference but the closest they got to a goal was Pogba’s long ranger which was diverted for a corner by Matt Ryan.


They finally did so from the spot, Pogba converting a penalty kick won by Fellaini in the last minute of added time.


Brighton saw out the last few minutes to claim a 3-2 win over the former champions.

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