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Scoreless draws are a challenge for match reporters, but also an opportunity to leave behind the kick-by-kick timeline and focus on a theme or incident. And there’s no prize for guessing what was the one deadlocked incident against Norwich City that the writers picked up on.

Neil Maupay’s missed penalty found its way into the intro of every Sunday paper and could even make the Eastbourne Herald when the ball finally lands near his offices next week.

Arindam Rej used Maupay’s kick to tie a few ideas together in the Sunday Telegraph. He wrote: “Neal Maupay looked in disbelief after flying over a penalty meaning it was another frustrating failure for Brighton to score here – and many might have wondered how they couldn’t score. their pressure, with small pockets of fans booing them accordingly.

“The missed kick meant Norwich’s Sam Byram went unpunished for a shocking handball. Byram managed with an outstretched arm, like a basketball player, into the penalty area just before the half-hour mark – but Maupay missed his chance to become Brighton’s top scorer in Premier League games, remaining level with Glenn Murray.

“Brighton have scored just once in seven games – and they’ve been resisted here by the likes of Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul and visiting captain Grant Hanley, failing to take advantage of the one of their 30 shots.

“Brighton’s Argentinian midfielder Alexis Mac Allister looked arguably the most likely to unblock the opposition but ultimately couldn’t.”

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Another approach to reporting a scoreless game is to fill in the space where the goal descriptions would have been with quotes from the managers, which was the route taken by Tusdiq Din in the Sunday time. But he also pointed out that “the battle involved two teams who had lost their last six games, a miserable run that Brighton did everything they could to get away from.

“Brighton went and moved without a final product, and for a side that drew many of their early Premier League games, Danny Welbeck, Maupay and Leandro Trossard will feel like this was a game they should have grabbed by the scruff of the neck.”

In the Mail on Sunday, Lewis Steele wrote that “Brighton dominated but wasted and, while Norwich defended resolutely, they literally did nothing in an attacking sense until the 80th minute. A sea of ​​green and yellow Norwich fans were in good spirits, but that horribly misjudged penalty was all they had to celebrate.

“Byram – perhaps with the sun in his eyes – kicked it and was lucky not to be punished further. He can thank his fans and goalkeeper Tim Krul for that. The oft-quoted Dutchman as penalty specialist, launched into a healthy amount of chatter to discourage Maupay, as the fans behind the goal joined in the circus.

“‘As a human being he will be weak and that’s normal,’ Brighton boss Graham Potter said of Maupay, who grabbed another big chance in the second half. He’s had that before “It’s a striker’s life and he has to deal with it. He has the support of us, his team and the fans. And he will bounce back. At the highest level, you have to suffer, and we are suffering. Neal is suffering. He must see it as a way to improve himself as a person.

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“Norwich played like a relegated side and any signs of a fight shown in Smith’s early months at the club are long gone. Brighton dominated the ball but couldn’t find the net, thanks in large part to their former No 1 Krul’s steely goalkeeper. He denied Joel Veltman’s header from close range, while Lewis Dunk and Danny Welbeck also went close.

“At the other end, it wasn’t until the 80th minute that Norwich ventured out with some intent. Pukki drove Brighton and sent the ball past an unmarked Rashica at the back post, who rushed his shot and sent it high into the stands. He summed up this game.

Isabelle Barker of the sun on sunday was a journalist who wrote a conventional incident-by-incident report, and he revealed the game was not the smooth affair that Canaries manager Dean Smith tried to pretend it had been.

“Graham Potter became enthusiastic early on with energetic duo Tariq Lamptey and Danny Welbeck entering the fray,” she wrote. “Lamptey, having shaken off the illness that forced him to retire from the England Under-21s, was back in full force.

“Lamptey was pulling the strings and the hosts’ dominance was building, they just needed another sniff on goal. It came when Pascal Gross’ cross hit Sam Byram’s arm and [referee Simon] Hooper pointed the spot then Maupay blazed.

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“The shy Seagulls have scored just ten times at the Amex, the worst home record in the top flight. But they went close again as a free-kick from March was sent to Mac Allister who fumbled agonizingly near the far post.

“There was another flurry of chances before the break with Gross, Mac Allister and Cucurella combining beautifully before Norwich fended off danger. March then crashed from the resulting set piece.

“It didn’t take long for the Seagulls to get back behind the wheel, but again they had to pass Krul. The deadly stopper leaped like a cat to swing over a close-range Vetlman header, before Maupay curled into the side netting.

“March pulled the trigger from a distance, but Krul, icy, picked it up. Maupay missed another keeper and was carried on for Enock Mewpu in the 78th minute but no one could find a breakthrough.

The Observer noted that “after a delay early in the second half due to referee Hooper’s technical difficulties with his earpiece, normal serve quickly resumed, with Trossard’s quick feet and deflected shot forcing the first three dangerous turns in a row.

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“Krul made a wonderful save from the first to deny fellow Dutch international Veltman with a close-range header before Welbeck’s kick forced another corner, but Maupay, who was found at the far post, could only pull this one into the side-threads.

“Veltman went close again with a header blocked by Norwich captain Grant Hanley before a rare attempt from the other side saw Ben Gibson’s effort from a Billy Gilmour free-kick saved by Robert Sánchez in home goal.

“Another golden chance presented itself to Maupay with 13 minutes to play but again it was not taken. Trossard swung away from Mathias Normann on the right and cut for Brighton’s top scorer , but his side shot from eight yards went wide.

“Maupay was taken off immediately afterwards and walked around the pitch to warm applause. Brighton manager Graham Potter praised the home fans for their response to Maupay. “Big thanks to them for that because he gave it his all in the game but it just wasn’t his day,” Potter said.

On the BBC website, summarizes Harry de Cosemo. “Brighton had 29 shots and over 60% possession but, crucially, only hit the target four times. quality in the preparation but was disappointed in front of goal.

“It just wasn’t Maupay’s day, from when he missed his effort with the gaping goal in the first half. Goalkeeper Krul’s witticisms before his kick clearly carried their fruit as it sailed above the bar.

“There were some brilliant moments from Trossard and Mac Allister, while Tariq Lamptey clearly thrives in a more advanced role on the right, but that was not how Brighton would have liked to end their losing streak.”

Finally, this column usually doesn’t include much commentary from local newspapers reporting opponents of Albion, for the simple reason that they may be a bit more one-eyed than the generally unbiased representatives of the Sussex media. But fair play for Norfolk Eastern Daily Press for not trying to portray Norwich’s performance as better than it was.

“Disappointment dominates again for Norwich City fans tonight after returning to the Premier League with an abject performance that somehow earned a 0-0 draw against an utterly dominating Brighton.

“Dean Smith’s side had to withstand heavy pressure and even saw Neal Maupay shoot a penalty over the bar to end a six-game Premier League losing streak.

“City did not threaten Robert Sanchez in the Albion goal and did not register a single shot on target in the game.”


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