Brighton 0-0 Leeds: A point apiece in the Premier League as missed chances prove costly
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Neal Maupay of Brighton & Hove Albion shoots whilst under pressure from Diego Llorente of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Leeds United at American Express Community Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Brighton & Hove Albion and Leeds United played out an entertaining goalless draw on a piercing winter evening on the South Coast as the winless run continues for the home side. 

The Seagulls have now failed to achieve victory in eight successive league outings in the Premier League after a fantastic start to the season left the club competing at the top of the table. 

Manager Graham Potter could only watch as the side hit the woodwork on three occasions.

Leeds appeared overpowered by Brighton's robust football, especially in the first half, although grew into the game after the break and came close through Tyler Roberts twice in the closing stages. 

The result sits Albion eighth place despite the winless run, whilst Leeds remain just one place above relegation - with just two wins across 13 fixtures this season.

  • Story of the match

Brighton opened the match with aggression, seeking to strike early and grasp a lead to protect against their struggling opposition.

This so nearly came after just five minutes, with the energetic Tariq Lamptey impressing once again and planting a precise cross into Neal Maupay's path, who scuffed a simple shot over the bar from yards out.

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Leeds grew into the half after being somewhat overpowered in the initial period, gaining a foothold and levelling possession as attempts were made to bypass the Brighton backline.  

The home side continued to press for an opener, coming close on two further occasions through strikes from Leandro Trossard and Jakub Moder, only to be foiled by the post on both occasions. 

Albion manager Potter cut a stern figure on a spiteful evening on the South Coast, clearly discontented with yet another performance brimming with hope but lacking a decisive touch. 

After the break, with the teams level, Leeds improved and started to find success stretching the home defence and initiating forward thinking moves.

Stuart Dallas provided United's first shot on target of the affair after 55 minutes, sending a looping strike into the centre of the goal but failing to thwart the Robert Sanchez, who parried the shot away from danger.

Despite their best efforts, Leeds ultimately found themselves falling into a pattern reminiscent of the first half, and often had multiple bodies placed in the defensive half with incentive on preventing the Brighton press.

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This approach was largely effective, with the home side only finding the target twice despite 16 efforts throughout the game. 

Leeds yet to lose back-to-back fixtures in the division this season and were defensively solid and resilient in taking a point from the AMEX before a vital week in the division. 

  • Key takeaways

Lamptey a serious player

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Tariq Lamptey. The young full-back has captured the attention of fans across the country with his ferocious pace and deft movements, serving as an offensive focal point down the right flank. 

His creative aptitude was consolidated by five chances created during the first half alone; should form be maintained - and maybe bettered in the coming months - Lamptey will no doubt become a prominent figure in English football.

Clinical talisman paramount 

Old patterns resurfaced on a harsh winter afternoon in the Premier League. Yet again, Brighton exhibited attacking incentive and yet again, the clinical touch agonisingly evaded the side.

After four victories from a possible five to commence the campaign, Brighton have now gone eight matches without claiming three points - albeit, only twice have they been beaten in this period. 

Hopes high despite winless run 

Brighton and Leeds have had contrasting success across the opening stages of the 21/22 campaign, with Albion settling in the upper echelons of the table whilst injury-stricken United flirted with the relegation places.

The point differential is now closing as the season enters the mid-point, but the difference in quality and confidence was apparent. 

Brighton have faith in their ability, and their manager, and will no doubt find that elusive victory in their grasp once again if levels of cohesion and fluidity are maintained. 

  • Next time out

Leeds return to Premier League action on Tuesday, as prepare for the visit of a Crystal Palace side with only three defeats in 13 matches this season. 

Brighton return to the field one day later, with a challenging fixture in London against West Ham United the contest - the respective sides have both done well to set themselves in good stead thus far, and a ferocious fixture is expected. 

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