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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Leeds United

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."

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Oscar Garcia: Brighton head coach after win over Leeds

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."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 14CalderónBooked at 18mins
  • 17Ward
  • 38Ince
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 6Stephens
  • 11Orlandi
  • 19UlloaSubstituted forObikaat 81'minutes
  • 27MarchSubstituted forBuckleyat 73'minutes
  • 9Rodríguez SánchezSubstituted forLua Luaat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 21D. López
  • 22Obika
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 30Buckley

Leeds

  • 1Kenny
  • 25Byram
  • 15WarnockBooked at 33mins
  • 6MurphyBooked at 3mins
  • 4Lees
  • 5Pearce
  • 38Kebe
  • 36MowattSubstituted forHuntat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 8Austin
  • 16PughSubstituted forSmithat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 10Hunt
  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 20Smith
  • 22Wootton
  • 33Cairns
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
27,700

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Booking

Noel Hunt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Stephen Ward.
Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Íñigo Calderón is caught offside.
Foul by Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jonathan Obika replaces Leonardo Ulloa.
Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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.
Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) header from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Noel Hunt replaces Alex Mowatt.
Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
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.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. William Buckley replaces Solly March.
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.
Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Danny Pugh.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Sam Byram.
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.
Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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.
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.
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Upson tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.
Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces David Rodríguez.
Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3021452467
2Burnley30161132259
3QPR2916851556
4Derby3016771855
5Nottm Forest30141242054
6Reading3013891247
7Brighton3012108746
8Ipswich3011118944
9Wigan2912710543
10Blackburn3011109243
11Leeds3012612442
12Middlesbrough309129639
13Watford299119638
14Huddersfield3010713-337
15Bournemouth299812-1335
16Blackpool3081012-1434
17Sheff Wed2971210-133
18Birmingham308913-233
19Bolton3061113-1429
20Doncaster307815-1929
21Millwall306915-2827
22Charlton285914-1524
23Barnsley2841014-2022
24Yeovil295618-2121
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