Brighton finally picked up their first three points in their debut Premier League season, by beating West Brom 3-1 at the Amex.
Pascal Gross scored two goals on the day, one before and one after half time, before Tomer Hemed rounded off a good seagull’s performance and more importantly the win.
Gross wrote his name into Brighton’s history books as he scored their first ever goal in the Premier League, it only took 315 minutes to score it. Gross has put himself at the forefront of Brighton’s attack and if they are to stay up he will play a major part in them doing so.
In what was a quiet first half suddenly sparked into life when Shane Duffy tapped in form close range after baggies keeper Ben Foster spilt Solly March’s strike. However Duffy was judged to be offside and the goal didn’t stand.
However the Brighton fans could celebrate properly just before the break when Gross put the ball firmly in the back of the net. The German cutting in onto his left foot, and while his shot needed a deflection to go in, Gross will certainly be saying it’s his historic goal. It was Brighton’s first in the Premier League, and their first top flight goal since 1983.
The 26 year old then got his second of the game three minutes into the second half, hitting a brilliant strike from 25 yards out. Gross found Hemed for Brighton’s third to cap a brilliant day off for the German and Brighton on the whole.
It was a dominant display by Brighton who had, had as many shots on target in this game as they have had in their previous three games before this one.
James Morrison tapped in late on for West Brom, however it was a poor performance by Tony Pulis side who have been for the most part impressive and solid so far this season.
Pulis normally has a good record against newly promoted clubs, this being his first defeat to one since 2012 when he was Stoke manager and lost 2-1 to QPR. He had previously gone eleven games without losing to a newly promoted side.
Next up for Brighton is a trip to struggling Bournemouth on Friday night under the lights, while the baggies are at home and will face West Ham next Saturday.