The Leeds United midfielder was quietly efficient against the automatic promotion chasers.
Brighton and Hove Albion did not need any reminders about the considerable talents of Liam Bridcutt. The tenacious midfielder spent four years on the South Coast after all, lifting the club’s Player of the Season award in successive seasons.
Nonetheless, that did not mean he took it easy on his former employers as Leeds United once again demonstrated their promotion credentials with a mightily impressive 2-0 win against the Seagulls at Elland Road.
Bridcutt may not be the most glamourous name on Garry Monk’s team sheet but, when he plays with such desire and commitment, there are few more effective midfielders in the Championship.
On the back of a lean couple of weeks, the 27-year-old was back to his best, breaking up play with regularity and distributing the ball intelligently alongside Ronaldo Vieira in what was the 18-year-old’s most impressive performance since that January triumph over Derby.
Bridcutt may have contributed just one tackle and one interception throughout 90 minutes and his 66 per cent pass accuracy was one of the worst in the side but the fact that Dale Stephens and Biram Kayal, two of the Championship’s most technically gifted midfielders, were hardly allowed a meaningful kick speaks volumes about Bridcutt’s influence.
The former Sunderland scrapper does not possess the precise passing ability to cut open a deep lying back line. The likes of QPR, Ipswich and Cardiff, who all took points off Leeds recently, had little to worry about with Bridcutt in possession.
However, when a team of Brighton’s calibre comes to town, there is a reason Bridcutt is one of the first names on the team sheet.
Leeds have built their play-off charge on solidity and organisation off the ball and Bridcutt, perhaps better than anyone, epitomises the club under Monk’s leadership.