Rafa Benitez seemed to be upset on the touchline nearly for the whole game last night which is strange for Rafa.
But maybe it was the refereeing again which wasn’t great and it was Robert Madley – one of the youngest referees in the Premier league at just 31 – who had given Brighton a soft penalty after 14 minutes.
But Rafa managed to get the job done and brought on both Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez in the second half and both players made an impact and of course Ayoze Perez scored that dramatic winner in the last minute of the game.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline last night at Brighton
That followed great build-up play from Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu and after the game Brighton manager admitted the winning goal had real quality.
This is what Rafa said to BBC Sports after the game:
“I said before this was just an important game but we have to play a lot of them.” “It’s three points but there are lots of games and lots of points.”
“You could see we needed to change little bit to get more impact.”
“It gave us fresh legs and different movements, but I was pleased with the players that had been on the field.”
Since we were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at Blackburn in the first game of the year on 2nd January we have played 9 Championship games and won six of them and drawn the other three – so that’s 21 points from the last 9 games.
Coming up next are two crucial games at Huddersfield and Reading and we cannot get too carried away with those games both coming up in the next six days.
Two wins in those games are what we need.