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    Mental game. Both Connolly pen calls probably right but you get them in international football. Was compared to Duff in that respect on Twitter, drawing fouls.

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    I thought it was harsh to over turn the penalty awarded to Connolly. He went down easily but Pogba was all over him. The United fan in me was happy but I thought it was a penalty and definitely not a clear and obvious error to overturn it

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    It was a clear penalty, no idea why they reversed. He was obviously looking for Pogba to make the mistake but he didn't initiate the contact.

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    I think it was the little tug on Pogba's jersey that did him. Still though, last season when the refs weren't using the screen at the side of the pitch I think it would probably have stood.

    He does seem to go down a little bit too easily or dramatically in games in general though, he could get a reputation for it if he's not careful.

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    Brighton have just signed Wellbeck. Can’t do Aaron’s playing time any good, hopefully the competition for places brings the best out of him...

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    Hopefully it does bring out the best in him. He hasn't scored many goals in the last year or so and he was openly self critical after the Finland match so he knows there is work to do.

    Very disappointing to see Molumby didn't make the bench there today.

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    Connolly came on around the 75th minute mark, had two touches of the ball. First touch: an unintentional back heel assist to set up equalizer. Second touch: was ahead of last defender again deep in injury time and yet again threw himself on ground looking for penalty. Could have scored if wasn’t looking for penalty

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_c12000 View Post
    Connolly came on around the 75th minute mark, had two touches of the ball. First touch: an unintentional back heel assist to set up equalizer. Second touch: was ahead of last defender again deep in injury time and yet again threw himself on ground looking for penalty. Could have scored if wasn’t looking for penalty
    I've been very disappointed with Connolly so far this season. Even after a year of regular first team football he's still the same rabbit in the headlights when he receives the ball in the final third that we seen when he first broke into the team. You would have hoped to see some improvement by now but there's little evidence of it. It could be an inherent weakness to his game that is very difficult to coach out.

    Luckily he is at a team with possibly the poorest choice of forward options in the league so he should get more opportunities than perhaps his performances merit. If he was with Obafemi at Southampton he'd most likely be long back with the U23s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_c12000 View Post
    Connolly came on around the 75th minute mark, had two touches of the ball. First touch: an unintentional back heel assist to set up equalizer. Second touch: was ahead of last defender again deep in injury time and yet again threw himself on ground looking for penalty. Could have scored if wasn’t looking for penalty
    I thought he was going away from goal so the goal scoring chance was remote.

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    Its so long since i've been on here properly I've skimmed the threads, so apols if this is covered elsewhere.
    But i've seen a few comments about the signing of Wellbeck being a 'replacement' or a bad thing for Connolly. Fact is we (Brighton) desperately needed to bring in:
    a) another striker. As things stood we had two 'senior' strikers in the squad (Zeqiri is an unknown at present, not sure if he's development squad or first team), ie Maupay and Connolly. A ridiculous situation when you factor in possible injuries and suspension (or 'incident' based punishments), let alone that at 20 years old imho Aaron just isn't ready to play every game in a Prem season. He'll get burnt out.
    b) a different type of striker. Maupay and Connolly have very similar games, although in the first few matches of this season they were working well together. We definitely needed a more physical presence, etc
    c) some experience and leadership. Dunk has turned into a great captain, but after him we were seriously lacking on-pitch (and training pitch) leadership until Lallana, and now Wellbeck came along.

    Its true that Wellbeck's signing will likely reduce Connolly's playing time but I don't think this has to be a bad thing. On the contrary, my hope/view is that it will relieve some of the physical and mental pressure and allow him to develop more on his own terms. Potter has always seemed to really rate him - when he got thrown in last season it really took us by surprise, though imho he ended up being over-used - and hopefully that continues.

    The other thing about Wellbeck - history tells us he's unlikely to stay fit all of the time.

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    Any time a club with an Irish player signs a player that can play in a position remotely similar to the clubs Irish player, there is the inevitable post stating that the Irish player is finished there. It's inevitable and often inaccurate too. Rotation, injury, form and formation often get missed in these reactions too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    Any time a club with an Irish player signs a player that can play in a position remotely similar to the clubs Irish player, there is the inevitable post stating that the Irish player is finished there. It's inevitable and often inaccurate too. Rotation, injury, form and formation often get missed in these reactions too.
    Players being finished is a well-established foot.ie meme.

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    Danny Unwellbeck. Good player, but if he wasn't injury prone I'd be worried. Connolly will have his chances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eminence Grise View Post
    Danny Unwellbeck.

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    Remember Kieron Dyer ( various Clubs ) would always hit a great run of form and an injury free run just before his contract was up. After the contract was signed back to a fierce run of injuries and bad form ! !

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    I think Welbeck's reputation is quite the opposite. Very game, good pro, just let down by his body.
    Covid-negative, maybe; I haven't checked.

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    Both Molumby and Connolly on the bench today for Brighton. Hopefully both come in.

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    Molumby's start against Wales was his fifth cap, one more appearance than he has for Brighton's senior team

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    Molumby's start against Wales was his fifth cap, one more appearance than he has for Brighton's senior team
    He is certainly good enough to be in the frame for a start / sub in our midfield. A good athlete as well which never hurts !

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    Yes agree. However, it’s disappointing to see Ben White pushed into midfield for the injured Lallana, rather than Molumby coming on. Hopefully he can get game time soon. Should really have gone on a short term loan

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