Johnny Cantor: Reasons to be cheerful looking back on Albion's season

This week I was asked to pen my five best Albion games from last season for the club website.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:46 am
Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed celebrate. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

All told, it was not a particularly difficult task. However, I did have to explain the reasoning behind each choice. Going through this process is actually a perfect way for Seagulls fans to gradually awake from the slumber of the close season. So why? Well, each time I pinpointed a specific game or performance it highlighted many positives to take from last year’s campaign.

For the record, here goes, in no particular order. Leeds (A). It was all about one man. Zamora. The decision to bring him back was vindicated and his goals were invaluable.

Charlton (H). What. A. Comeback. The reaction showed the squad had the character to battle for every point, or in this case, all three.

Birmingham (A). This was an insight into the future. Goals from the two ‘Young Guns’ Dunk and Goldson. They became mainstays of the defence for the rest of the season.

QPR (H). Belting goals showed the quality of the individuals, including the effervescent Anthony Knockaert. He shone that night, proof of the excellent business in the January transfer window.

And finally. Bristol City (A). After soaking up a few minutes of pressure, Albion turned on the style on a dramatic evening that had everything, including a missed penalty for the home side. It was a night to savour for travelling fans and a reminder of the excellent away support last year.

So, all in all, as the song goes. Reasons to be cheerful, part three. Well, part five. Fixtures are out Wednesday. And off we go again.

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