5 Things We Learned From Brighton's Pre-Season 1-1 Draw at Norwich City

Yesterday saw Premier League new boys, Brighton, take on Norwich City at Carrow Road in front of 12,000 fans.


Many Brighton fans may have expected a convincing win over the East Anglian side, now that the two teams are a division apart. However, this was far from the case as the game ended 1-1, with Norwich comfortably the better side for much of the game.


So what did we learn from this pre-season fixture?

1. Brighton May Need Another Quality Goalkeeper

Mathew Ryan was brought in by the Seagulls from Valencia this summer to replace the often unreliable David Stockdale. 


There was no stopping Marley Watkins' fantastic equaliser in the 42nd minute, with the 30-yard-strike clattering of the cross-bar before nestling in the back of the net. However, the Australian played the full 90 minutes for Brighton and looked unconvincing throughout.


Ryan seems quite short for a Premier League keeper at only 6-feet-tall and Norwich's new signing Mario Vrancic almost took advantage of that by attempting a lob from the half way line. If it hadn't of gone just over the bar, it would've beaten Ryan, with the keeper scrambling.


Ryan also looked unconvincing at set plays, as he didn't dominate his area, not coming out to claim aerial balls or catching crosses when he should have.

2. James Maddison Could Be a Future Star

20-year-old James Maddison stole the show at Carrow Road. The youngster completely ran the game in the first half especially, collecting the ball from all areas of the pitch and re-distributing it with a range of accurate passing.


The Englishman displayed a vast array of talent and looked fast and confident on the ball, with an excellent touch and passing ability. In previous Norwich games Maddison has also proven to be a set piece specialist. 


He was on loan at Aberdeen for much of last season, but he will be hoping to get more game time this season under new manager Daniel Farke.

3. Scoring Goals Maybe a Problem for Brighton This Season

Although Brighton's highly rated new signing from Ingolstadt, Pascal Gross, scored a fantastic diving header, Brighton still seem to lack attacking threat.


Apart from that goal, Brighton created almost no further goal scoring opportunities throughout the game and looked to be missing a target man.


Although Gross clearly has an eye for goal, Glenn Murray went missing in the game looked off the pace when he came on. As a result, Chris Hughton may well need to add attacking quality to his team before the new season starts.

4. Norwich Are Dark Horses for Promotion

Norwich fans will be very pleased with how their team performed yesterday. The side looked as good as any fan could hope, as they frankly dominated Brighton for much of the game and really deserved to win.


Despite only four players that were in Norwich's squad last season starting the game yesterday, they already looked tight knit group, despite having to integrate a host of new signings.


Norwich looked very good in possession at times, playing flowing two-touch football with a range of accurate passing. New signings such as Vrancic, Reed and Zimmermann all looked comfortable in the game, however Norwich could still do with an another attacking threat upfront.

5. Brighton Remain Premier League Underdogs

Frankly, Brighton deserved to lose to Norwich yesterday, they never had control of the game and lacked any real attacking threat against a Championship side.


They also had what many fans would think was a full strength squad, apart from the absence of Anthony Knockhaert, but seemed to lack anyone of real outstanding quality on the pitch.


Although Brighton limited Norwich to only a few clear chances in the game, they looked weak in midfield and attacking areas and surely need to invest further in the transfer window, if they want any chance of staying in the Premier League next season.

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