Less than 18 hours after ProSoccerTalk posited that positive Brighton and Hove Albion’s lack of luck must be coming to an end, Graham Potter’s hosts smashed the post five times and had VAR award a penalty after the final whistle had blown.
Sorry, Seagulls supporters.
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The match ended when Neal Maupay’s handball was spotted after the Seagulls had leveled the match at 2 deep in stoppage time, Bruno Fernandes scoring the decisive penalty in a 3-2 for the visitors to the Amex Stadium.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side was lucky on a day they were out-attempted 18-7, while Potter could simply muster, “That’s football” regarding the posts and extremely late VAR drama.
That said, he does wonder how the match got to the eighth-minute in the first place. Hashtag Fergie Time.
“I’d say we deserved something from the game,” Potter sad. “I would say that’s an understatement.”
Potter said he “didn’t know where the extra time came from,” adding: “I thought we scored with the last kick of the game. … We are bitterly disappointed to concede the way we have, at the time we have.”
Expected goals site Understat says Brighton won the xG battle 2.98-1.58.
Brighton winger Leandro Trossard was responsible for three of the five posts struck by the losing side.
“Unbelievable, the feeling I can’t describe, we were the better team today,” he said. “We deserved at least a point, it’s a shame. There were five minutes added on and we played at least seven. Sometimes it’s just not your day.”
Even for a side as snakebit as the Seagulls, Saturday’s loss is a sick one.
xG map for Brighton – Manchester United
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