It was our first defeat of the season but throughout that first hour, until the red card, Treacy, in his first start of the season, always looked our most likely player to create something.
His performance won him 28.3% of the man of the match vote and that was some way ahead of Kieran Trippier who won a 12.3% share. Jason Shackell came third with 12.3% with Tom Heaton and Dean Marney sharing fourth place, each with a 9.4% share of the vote.
The player ratings were, in my view, somewhat low. I thought we played much better than these figures suggest and were very much in the game until that ridiculous second yellow card for Heaton.
Those ratings have left only two players with a rating higher than six. Treacy was again the winner. His rating was 6.86 out of 10 with Scott Arfield taking second place with a rating of 6.14. Two players, with exactly six out of 10, were in joint third place. They were Shackell and Trippier.
This result has given Treacy ten points towards the Clarets Mad Player of the Year. Trippier won five points, there were four for Shackell and three for Arfield with both Heaton and Marney winning one point each.
After five qualifying games it is Shackell at the top of the player of the year table and he's ten points clear of all of David Jones, Treacy and Trippier.
The voting is underway for the Preston game. You can vote for your choice of man of the match either from the front page of the site or the VOTING POLLS page. Player ratings can be left on the appropriate thread on Eli's Message Board.
The result from the Brighton game and the current player of the year table can be found below.
MAN OF THE MATCH
28.3% - Keith Treacy17.9% - Kieran Trippier12.3% - Jason Shackell9.4% - Tom Heaton & Dean Marney6.6% - Scott Arfield4.7% - David Jones3.8% - Alex Cisak2.8% - Sam Vokes1.9% - Danny Lafferty & Kevin Long0.9% - Danny Ings
6.86 - Keith Treacy6.14 - Scott Arfield6.00 - Jason Shackell & Kieran Trippier5.86 - Danny Lafferty & Dean Marney5.71 - Alex Cisak5.14 - Tom Heaton & Sam Vokes5.00 - Danny Ings4.86 - David Jones3.86 - Kevin Long
CLARETS MAD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
28: Jason Shackell18: David Jones, Keith Treacy & Kieran Trippier12: Tom Heaton7: Danny Ings4: Scott Arfield3: Kevin Long & Sam Vokes2: Dean Marney & Junior Stanislas
Source: Clarets Mad