The substitutes for Brighton scored both goals as they came from behind to win 2-1 against Burnley. They scored five minutes apart with almost both their first touches of the game. The hosts got off to a flying start when James Tarkowski headed past Robert Sanchez in the Brighton net. The goal was scored after one minute and 43 seconds on the clock was cleared by VAR.
Burnley dominated the game for most of the first half with the visitors unable to cope with their physicality and aerial threat. After the break, Brighton switched to a back five and started to see more of the ball. Neil Maupay scored the equalizer after getting on the end of a Jakub Moder cross. Another substitute Alexis mac Allister was at the end of a Pascal Gross pass to complete the comeback.
Burnley: Pope (6), Lowton (6), Taylor (5), Cork (6), Tarkowski (7), Mee (6), Gudmundsson (6), Wood (6), McNeil (6), Westwood (6), Rodriguez (6)
Subs: Barnes (6), Brownhill (6), Vydra (NA)
Brighton: Sánchez (5), Webster (6), Dunk (6), Bissouma (7), Maupay (7), Trossard (6), Mwepu (5), Gross (7), Alzate (7), March (5), Duffy (6)
Subs: Lallana (7), Mac Allister (7), Moder (7)
Man of the match: Neal Maupay
Burnley boss Sean Dyche: “Very strong performance in the first half, we asked lots of questions and created enough to be one up, as we were, probably two and could have been three on a different day.” he added after his Burnley side lost to Brighton. “They started brightly in the second half, but only for five or so minutes and then we calmed the game down. Really, they’ve got two great goals from their point of view – but two really ugly goals from ours.”
Brighton boss Graham Potter: “The subs, absolutely, played their part. It was a fantastic team performance, especially in the second half.” he added. ”We got off to the worst possible start and then Burnley made it difficult for us – we probably rode our luck a bit, to be honest. If you look at the first half, the things they do well, they did well, and we suffered a little bit.”