Substitute Alexis Mac Allister scored a late winner as Brighton began the new Premier League season with a comeback victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Argentine Mac Allister met Pascal Gross’ cross just two minutes after being introduced by manager Graham Potter as the Seagulls completed a five-minute turnaround.
In a meeting between the sides who finished immediately above last season’s relegation places, Neal Maupay had cancelled out James Tarkowski’s controversial second-minute header as he slid in to meet Jakub Moder’s cross.
It appeared as though Tarkowski’s early goal from Ashley Westwood’s corner would be ruled out after the Burnley defender pushed Maupay to the ground in the build-up, but a video assistant referee review went in the hosts’ favour despite Brighton protests.
Sean Dyche’s side went close to a second before half-time as Johann Gudmundsson struck the post with a fine, low effort from the edge of the penalty area and Ben Mee headed on to the crossbar from another set-piece.
Dwight McNeil cleared Shane Duffy’s effort off the line as a much-improved Brighton threatened after the restart, but Burnley were ultimately made to pay for their earlier misses as they equalled their club record of 11 league matches without a home win.
Potter’s inspired changes swing game
Brighton managed just nine victories last term when a lack of cutting edge in front of goal had threatened to pull them into the relegation places.
Based on their expected goals value in 2020-21, Brighton’s 41 points should have been 67 – the biggest points disparity in Europe’s top five divisions.
It is an area that must be improved if the former Swansea boss is to demonstrate meaningful progress up the table in his third season in charge, and he will be hoping the second-half showing at Turf Moor is a sign of things to come.
Potter’s substitutions swung the game as Brighton’s dominance on the ball was eventually converted into goals, Moder recording an assist for Maupay with his first involvement and Mac Allister delivering the decisive blow.
Burnley had several good opportunities to improve their position before the interval, but Jay Rodriguez was denied by Seagulls keeper Robert Sanchez at close quarters, with Gudmundsson and Mee striking the woodwork either side of that chance.
The Clarets failed to manage a shot on target in the second half, compared to six for Brighton, and crucially the Seagulls made their period of dominance count.
Burnley chairman Alan Pace said this week he had “no doubt” manager Dyche would agree a new long-term contract after steering the club 11 points clear of the bottom three last term – despite their 17th-place finish.
A sixth successive Premier League season is a remarkable achievement given the resources at Dyche’s disposal, and he will be keen to see an immediate response to this disappointing opening result.
Player of the match
Mac AllisterAlexis Mac Allister
with an average of 8.44
Squad number5Player nameTarkowski
Squad number1Player namePope
Squad number9Player nameWood
Squad number6Player nameMee
Squad number18Player nameWestwood
Squad number2Player nameLowton
Squad number3Player nameTaylor
Squad number4Player nameCork
Squad number19Player nameRodriguez
Squad number11Player nameMcNeil
Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson
Squad number27Player nameVydra
Squad number8Player nameBrownhill
Squad number10Player nameBarnes
Brighton & Hove Albion
Squad number10Player nameMac Allister
Squad number15Player nameModer
Squad number14Player nameLallana
Squad number24Player nameDuffy
Squad number8Player nameBissouma
Squad number5Player nameDunk
Squad number13Player nameGroß
Squad number11Player nameTrossard
Squad number20Player nameMarch
Squad number12Player nameMwepu
Squad number9Player nameMaupay
Squad number1Player nameSánchez
Squad number4Player nameWebster
Squad number17Player nameAlzate
- 5TarkowskiBooked at 13mins
- 7GudmundssonBooked at 9mins
- 4CorkSubstituted forVydraat 85′minutes
- 11McNeilSubstituted forBrownhillat 79′minutes
- 19RodriguezSubstituted forBarnesat 70′minutes
- 17AlzateSubstituted forModerat 72′minutes
- 12MwepuSubstituted forLallanaat 45′minutes
- 11TrossardSubstituted forMac Allisterat 76′minutes
- 9MaupayBooked at 26mins
- 10Mac Allister
Match ends, Burnley 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.
Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.
Attempt blocked. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.
Attempt saved. Jakub Moder (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Sánchez.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Adam Webster.
Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Burnley) header from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.
Robert Sánchez (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).
Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Jack Cork.
Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.
Substitution, Burnley. Josh Brownhill replaces Dwight McNeil.
Goal! Burnley 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alexis Mac Allister replaces Leandro Trossard.
Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Charlie Taylor (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jack Cork (Burnley).
Goal! Burnley 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jakub Moder.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jakub Moder replaces Steven Alzate.
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