Brighton demanded extra time to secure their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when Neal Maupay’s attack in the 97th minute completed a 2-1 comeback victory against West Brom.
The Seagulls should have taken the lead after 18 minutes when Danny Welbeck was sent through by Solly March, but the former Arsenal man could not find the balance and cut his effort straight at West Brom’s goalkeeper David Button.
The home team threatened shortly after the Brighton goal. Matt Phillips did well on the edge of the box before recording a rushing Jake Livermore, but the midfielder’s effort was blocked for a corner.
The half ended with a late storm from Brighton, which should have seen Graham Potter’s side rewarded. Maupay came close with a header when Odel Offiah returned the ball into the area from a corner.
The Frenchman then went even closer when a mix-up in Baggie’s defense allowed Welbeck to free his attacking partner, but with only Button to beat, the forward could not break the deadlock.
The Seagulls had to pay just 90 seconds into the second period when West Brom took the lead.
Phillips was faster to the loose ball than Shane Duffy and his nodding kick sent Karlan Grant through on goal. The 24-year-old, who ran towards the goal, lifted his head and rolled the ball over to Callum Robinson at the far post that stuck into the net.
Brighton got a lifeline with just over 20 minutes left to play when West Brom defender Cedric Kipre got his marching orders. Just seconds after receiving a warning for a foul on Maupay, the 25-year-old could not complain when he pulled down Leandro Trossard in a promising position for his second yellow card.
From the resulting free kick, Duffy volleyed over from blank space to increase the frustrations among the traveling Seagulls faithful.
Brighton’s patience, however, was rewarded with ten minutes left when two of Potter’s substitutes merged. The Seagulls linked neatly from a Marc Cucurella pass on the field and when Jakub Moder held on to Evan Ferguson’s pass, the Polish national team player crushed his effort beyond Button at his nearest post to send the competition to extra time.
West Brom were visibly flagged when they wrestled with their man inferiority, and Brighton punished them sadly just seven minutes into extra time.
Mother – whose start swung the game in Brighton’s favor – passed over the goal and Maupay swept the ball into the bottom corner after a clever dummy from Trossard to fool Baggie’s defense.
Ferguson thought he had added a third for Brighton just minutes later when he bundled the ball over the line from a Mother attack over the goal, but the lineman was quick to raise his flag for offside when the Seagulls looked the rest of the game.
This is how Potter’s men rated it.
Veltman competes for the ball / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages
Kjell Scherpen (GK) – 5/10 – Could do little to prevent West Broms opener.
Joel Veltman (CB) – 7/10 – Brighton were strong on their right side thanks to the Dutchman’s defensive assurance.
Shane Duffy (CB) – 3/10 – His lack of mobility was revealed for West Brom’s opening goal.
Dan Burn (CB) – 4/10 – A galloping presence down the left wing, but he was slow to react in the lead until West Brom’s goal.
Mars fights for the ball / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages
Odel Offiah (RWB) – 4/10 – Placed in an unknown wingback role, which shows some bright flashes.
Enock Mwepu (CM) – N / A – Forced off after 25 minutes with the hamstring.
Pascal Gross (CM) – 6/10 – Brighton kept ticking in midfield, but he was easily held by West Brom.
Steven Alzate (CM) – 7/10 – A dynamic presence in midfield that always wants to run beyond West Brom’s back line.
Solly March (LWB) – 7/10 – Perfect performance, take care of the ball in tight spaces to allow Brighton to break through West Brom’s pressure.
Maupay celebrates / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages
Danny Welbeck (ST) – 4/10 – His energy in the front line was useful, but he lacked sharpness in front of goal.
Neal Maupay (ST) – 6/10 – spurred a promising one-on-one opportunity in the first half, but he did the right thing in extra time.
Mother Celebrates / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages
Alexis Mac Allister (CM) – 6/10 – A lively presence, but his decision-making in the last third failed.
Marc Cucurella (LWB) – 6/10 – Made an immediate impact, drove to the byline to create a good opening for the Seagulls.
Leandro Trossard (ST) – 7/10 – His pace led to Kipre’s red card in the second half and his glorious stupidity assisted Maupay’s extra time.Evan Ferguson (CM) – 7/10 – Seagulls loyalists chanted his name after a fantastic cameo.
Jakub Moder (ST) – 9/10 – His introduction saved Brighton’s blushes, scored goals and assisted each side of the full-time whistle.
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