Leonardo Ulloa's second-half strike helped seventh-placed Brighton edge past Leeds United and move within a point of the Championship play-offs.

The Argentine forward won the game for the hosts when he was left unmarked to poke Kazenga LuaLua's left-wing cross past Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

In a match of few chances, Ulloa fired into the side-netting before half-time.

Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt twice shot weakly at Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak either side of the break.

But chances were rare for Leeds, who were bidding for their third consecutive win against a backdrop of off-the-field chaos.

Prospective owner Massimo Cellino was not present at the Amex Stadium ahead of his meeting with the Football League on Wednesday, despite suggestions that he would attend the match,

Cagliari owner Cellino has agreed to buy 75% of the Yorkshire club and expects league bosses to approve the deal after talks.

Whites boss Brian McDermott, sacked by the Italian before later being reinstated, watched his side toil in a match where they knew victory would be enough to climb above their hosts.

However, Brighton looked the more likely to secure maximum points as they upped the tempo in the second half.

Ulloa, who was also the match-winner in Brighton's 1-0 win against Doncaster on Saturday, looked their biggest threat and he duly obliged with his eighth goal of the season to sink the visitors.

Seagulls midfielder Dale Stephens and substitute Will Buckley forced Kenny into further saves as Oscar Garcia's team searched for a second goal.

But Ulloa's intervention was enough to close the gap on sixth-placed Reading, while Leeds drop to 11th.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"We have a meeting [between the Football League and prospective Leeds owner Massimo Cellino] planned for Wednesday and I am desperate for it to be sorted. I have no indication of what the future holds for me.

"It's been difficult to concentrate on the football. As a football man you want to concentrate on football matters, as anyone would want to do. I have had great support from the football fraternity.

"Cellino is meeting the Football League and I have no idea when I expect to meet him. I think the most important thing is to know who the new owner is going to be."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia:

"We've won the last four home matches by one goal to nil and although it's a good habit we need to be more clinical in front of goal.

"We deserved to win. We created the better chances and it was not easy against one of the league's better quality opposition.

"We are one point off the play-offs but I never think of two weeks ahead."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 14 Calderón Booked
  • 17 Ward
  • 38 Ince
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 06 Stephens
  • 11 Orlandi
  • 19 Ulloa (Obika - 81' )
  • 27 March (Buckley - 73' )
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez (Lua Lua - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 05 Dunk
  • 18 F-Caskey
  • 21 D. López
  • 22 Obika
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 30 Buckley

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 25 Byram
  • 15 Warnock Booked
  • 06 Murphy Booked
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 38 Kebe
  • 36 Mowatt (Hunt - 77' Booked )
  • 44 McCormack
  • 08 Austin
  • 16 Pugh (Smith - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Peltier
  • 10 Hunt
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Tonge
  • 20 Smith
  • 22 Wootton
  • 33 Cairns
Ref: Darren Deadman
Att: 27,700

Match Stats

Shots

17 9

On target

2 4

Corners

2 2

Fouls

15 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +3:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Leeds United 0.

89:54 Booking

Booking Noel Hunt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

89:05

Foul by Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion).

89:05

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:37

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

85:06

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

85:06

Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:15

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:15

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

83:38

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Íñigo Calderón is caught offside.

81:02

Foul by Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion).

81:02

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jonathan Obika replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

79:26

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

79:26

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:46

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

77:09

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) header from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

76:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Noel Hunt replaces Alex Mowatt.

76:11

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

76:11

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:37

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross.

74:22

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

72:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. William Buckley replaces Solly March.

71:02

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jimmy Kébé.

70:27

Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

69:09

Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi.

68:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Danny Pugh.

66:51

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Sam Byram.

65:42

Attempt saved. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi.

64:32

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

63:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Leeds United 0. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross.

59:34

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross.

57:55

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Upson tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

57:30

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:30

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

56:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces David Rodríguez.

56:29

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

56:29

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:12

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

54:12

Danny Pugh (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:19

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

52:19

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:54

Attempt blocked. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rohan Ince.

49:05

David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:05

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

47:51

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Byram.

46:18

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

46:18

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +3:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +2:08

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrea Orlandi tries a through ball, but David Rodríguez is caught offside.

44:18

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).

44:18

Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:21

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

43:21

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:54

David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:54

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

41:19

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

39:35

Foul by David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion).

39:35

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:17

Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi.

35:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:36

Delay in match Luke Murphy (Leeds United) because of an injury.

34:19

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

33:21

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi.

32:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

32:08 Booking

Booking Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:43

Delay in match Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

31:22

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:22

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

29:33

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

26:52

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

25:46

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:46

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

24:43

Attempt missed. David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Solly March.

21:16

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:16

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

20:09

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

19:32

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

19:32

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:49

Delay in match Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) because of an injury.

17:38 Booking

Booking Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:25

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

17:25

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:44

Attempt missed. Danny Pugh (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

15:58

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

11:23

Attempt missed. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

10:37

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:37

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

6:28

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:28

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

5:45

Offside, Leeds United. Stephen Warnock tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

5:27

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

5:27

Danny Pugh (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:17

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón tries a through ball, but David Rodríguez is caught offside.

3:56

Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

3:23

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jimmy Kébé.

3:21

Attempt blocked. David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

3:21

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a cross.

2:29 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

2:21

Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:21

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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