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Jamie Carragher: Brighton learning lessons about life in the Premier League
Last Updated: 17/09/17 8:58pm
Brighton allowed Bournemouth to pick up their first points of the season on Friday night - but the Sky Sports experts refused to criticise the losing side.
Chris Hughton's side opened the scoring through Solly March at the Vitality Stadium, before Jordon Ibe came off the bench to set up goals for both Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe.
Bournemouth held on for a 2-1 victory, but Jamie Carragher felt newly-promoted Brighton were unfortunate and said they are learning some tough lessons about the differences between playing in the Championship and the Premier League.
"It's night and day, it's completely different," he told Carling In Off The Bar.
"That's the level you go up to. Brighton have lost two games against Manchester City and Bournemouth where they have defended really well, but still conceded two goals.
"It's not even a poor defensive performance where you'd maybe go and look back at the video and think about what they could have changed.
"It's the quality you are up against at this different level. That's something those players are going to have to get used to.
"I think they were unlucky today. A back-heel has gone through someone's legs and sometimes you have to credit the opposition and Jordon Ibe.
"There's no criticism of the defending there. If they defend like that week in and week out they have got a great chance of staying in the Premier League."
Brighton restricted Bournemouth to just three shots on target - and they scored from two of those - and they had two shots cleared off the line shortly before March opened the scoring on 55 minutes.
And Sky Sports expert Gary Neville said manager Hughton will not be too worried by the performance, despite losing the game.
He said: "In the first 10 or 15 minutes of the second half they had a flurry of set pieces where they were looking like they could have scored every single time.
"The game was theirs. At half-time I thought they had managed the game in the first half and the game plan was perfect.
"They just didn't handle the substitution and Ibe changed the game.
"Chris Hughton will be wondering how that game slipped away from him because they were in control."