Liverpool-owned star outclasses Leeds United favourite in wonderful display

Brighton loanee Joao Teixeira and Leeds United’s Alex Mowatt faced off last night.

Liverpool-owned winger Joao Teixeira and Leeds United ace Alex Mowatt were in action last night as Brighton and Hove Albion hosted Leeds United in the Championship.

The Whites went in to the match in excellent form, having won five of their previous six league matches including a Mowatt-inspired victory over Middlesbrough last weekend.

Brighton, on the other hand, still held relegation worries following an inconsistent spell, but Liverpool’s Teixeira helped erase any doubts last night as he contributed heavily to the Seagulls’ 2-0 win.

The victory came courtesy of goals from Sam Baldock and Inigo Calderon, but it was the Portuguese winger’s attacking brilliance which led the charge for the hosts.

  TeamShotsKey PassesTake-onsTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesDispossessedMins Played
João Teixeira Brighton 6 3 5 66 21 10 6 90
Alex Mowatt Leeds 1 0 0 38 27 2 0 74

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Teixera was heavily involved throughout and was vastly superior to Leeds’ Mowatt who in turn had an extremely quiet night.

The Reds’ youngster took six shots in total, created three chances for his teammates via key passes and completed five take-ons.

Mowatt, 20, in contrast tested the goalkeeper on just one occasion and created very little for his teammates as he found himself crowded out on a number of occasions by a solid home defence.

In possession, the hosts looked to find Teixeira with regularity – illustrated by his 66 touches – though the 22-year-old perhaps was a little wasteful on occasions, but that will be addressed with age and experience.

Nevertheless, his hard work for Chris Hughton’s men can’t be faulted as he recorded an incredibly impressive 10 ball recoveries – eight more than his opposite midfielder.

The former Sporting prodigy has been a key player at the Amex stadium this season, scoring six goals and adding a further three assists in 19 starts – stats which will please Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

The victory takes the South Coast outfit up to 18th spot in the Championship table, whereas defeat leaves Neil Redfearn’s Leeds side four points better off in 14th position.

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