Huddersfield Town 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0
Albion lost their third match out of four as the reality of the Premier League starts to sink in.
An ideal opportunity to put some points on the board in this winnable fixture, lost.
The Seagulls were undone by two first half goals from Steve Mounié.
It was clear from his team selection, introducing full back Ezequiel Schelotto in place of Anthony Knockaert, that Chris Hughton had set up with a point in mind.
Knockaert didn’t even make the match day squad although Sam Baldock was included for the first time this season.
Albion’s only real chance of the first half fell to Dale Stephens who totally miscued from close range.
The Seagulls never really looked threatening in the second half, Davy Propper and Glenn Murray with speculative efforts.
Albion are 13th this evening after the fun and games at St James Park where Newcastle lost at home to Leicester.
Still, a pinch yourself and believe it moment for those who have followed the club over the last 20 or so years.
The Seagulls travel to Wembley this Wednesday 13 December, to take on Tottenham, before what must be seen as two vital and winnable home games against Burnley and Watford over the next two pre Christmas Saturdays.
23 points will be considered a fine haul at halfway.
A certain other 23, in the shape of Leo Ulloa, made a rare late substitute appearance for Leicester in their win today.
In the pre transfer shop window?
Who will be buying?