- November 16, 2021
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Brighton dominated multiple matches in the 2020/21 campaign but either ended up drawing them or even coming away with nothing – but this season they have been more clinical
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Brighton CEO Paul Barber suggested Graham Potter's men are more clinical this season than last but there is still a long way to go to reach the club's goals.
Albion dominated multiple matches in the 2020/21 campaign but either ended up drawing many of them or even coming away with nothing.
Against the sides who got relegated, they picked up just four points in six matches when they locked horns with Sheffield United, West Brom, and Fulham.
Despite playing good football, they struggled to find a cutting edge last term.
The Seagulls scored 40 goals but their Expected Goals (xG) tally was 53.82 and the vast majority of their side performed significantly under their xG.
In fact, their Expected Points total was a whopping 20 points ahead of the actual number (61) they accrued in the 2020/21 season. That would have put them FIFTH in the league, above Leicester City, West Ham, Arsenal, Spurs, and many more.
They still managed to match their highest ever points total in the Premier League (41) but it could have been much more.
This season, they are seventh in the table, are only just behind their xG of 12.98 versus their actual goalscoring amount of 12.
Brighton have shown their resolve this term, coming from 2-0 down to draw at Liverpool, grabbing stoppage-time winners and equalisers against Brentford and Crystal Palace respectively, and showing a never-say-die attitude.
Albion have made it clear they want to be a top 10 club in the division eventually and while Barber says their start has been very encouraging, it is still early days.
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He told Sky Sports: "I think we have been getting some of the wins this season that we just didn't get last season.
"We drew a lot of games. We played very well, had a lot of possession in games, didn't really close out some of them the way we would have liked but this year we've started to turn that around.
"There's a long way to go so we've still got our feet very much planted on the ground but so far, I'm very pleased with the start."