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  • Writer's pictureBilly Mulley

4 observations made as Luton Town fall to defeat at Brighton in Premier League opener

Over 3000 Hatters made the trip to the south coast for the club's first-ever Premier League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion's Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Eventually falling to a 4-1 defeat against an exciting and fantastically well-drilled Brighton side, the occasion represented a celebration of exactly how we have come in recent seasons, whilst there were certainly positives to take.

Here, we run through four observations made during the loss at the Amex Stadium...

Effective on the counter-attack

It is no secret that the Hatters had to endure lots of Brighton possession and were penned in deep positions for a large part of the 90 minutes, however, and particularly in the first half, there were bright moments on the counter-attack.

Issa Kabore and Ryan Giles caused some difficulties for the Seagulls defence from crossing positions and you get the feeling that the wing-back position becomes even more of an important area for Luton this season.

The Hatters will cause mayhem for teams this season if they are able to break quickly and work positions for Kabore or Giles to threaten.

Mistakes will be punished

It is a feeling that we have experienced before but there always tends to be a noticeable shift in how relentless an attack are when we have won past promotions, and Saturday proved no different.

Not only did the Seagulls move through the thirds with precision, intelligence and dynamism, they pounced on any mistake made.

The prime example of where this proved true was for Brighton's third goal, where sloppy play gave the hosts the ball in a dangerous position, whilst Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu's sloppy pass was instantly capitalised upon.

Jacob Brown and Chiedozie Ogbene impress

The muscle and might of Carlton Morris and Elijah Adebayo will certainly work at times this season but it is key to have attacking variation, and that is what the Hatters seemingly have in Jacob Brown and Chiedozie Ogbene.

Brown, like the starting two, brings athleticism and power to the frontline, but he is also rapid-paced and has a relentlessness about him in the way he applies pressure.

As for Ogbene, he has very quick acceleration and showed on Saturday that he can carry the ball forward with confidence and purpose.

There was a different dynamic when the two new additions came on and the pair gave what was a resilient Brighton defence, something completely different to think about.

Extra defensive mobility needed

Losing both Reece Burke and Gabe Osho to injury during pre-season, Luton currently lack mobility in the right-sided centre-back position.

With Mads Andersen tasked with filling that position on Saturday, there were a couple of occasions where this was exploited and this is an area of the pitch that could be addressed before the summer window slams shut.

It is of course important to consider this was Andersen's first-ever Premier League game and he was by no means poor on the day but this is more of an observation that his combative and dominating qualities make him more suited to occupying the central position in a defensive three.


Aug 14, 2023

Technically YES any team is in the game at 2-1 but really! Bright hit the woodwork 3 times and had 4 times the number of shots on target. If not for Kaminski (man of the match for me) it could have been 7 or 8.

We conceded late as the players were physically tired. You can't waste possession, not when you have <30% at this level. 72% accurate passes, possession lost 114 times (Brighton only 109 times from >70% possession)

If you have to chase the ball that much to win it back inevitably you're going to be tired and that will lead to mistakes in games, especially late on. There are at least half a dozen teams better than…


Aug 14, 2023

We were still in it at 2-1 when Pelly made a sunday afternoon pub team mistake - poor guy is out of his depth - much prefer Berry who has far better ball control and the ability to score. Pelly achieved the lowest score of the weekend for a Prem League player - needs to be loaned out now he has achieved his record.

Aug 14, 2023
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Ridiculously harsh take on Pelly and very knee-jerk. His mistake would have been costly at almost any level so that alone is not evidence he's not cut out for the level. The fact he was gassed so early on was more of a concern. In fact, a lot of our boys looked VERY leggy - a consequence of chasing the ball so much. We'll have to be a predominantly counter-attacking side, but we are going to have learn to retain the ball for periods to manage our energy in games.

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