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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Brighton's Shamir Fenelon (centre) is challenged by Sheffield Wednesday"s Glenn Loovens (l) and Sam Hutchinson (r)
Sheffield Wednesday open the season with victory over 10-man Brighton.

Giles Coke scored the only goal as Sheffield Wednesday opened their Championship campaign with victory at 10-man Brighton.

Coke found the net in fine style, curling a superb shot over David Stockdale and into the roof of the net.

Up to then, the hosts had been on top.

But Brighton's chances of mounting a successful comeback for new boss Sami Hyypia were wrecked when Andrew Crofts was dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Sam Hutchinson just after the break.

Former Liverpool centre-back Hyypia is back in England five years after calling time on his decade long playing career at Anfield.

Did you know?
Sheffield Wednesday had not previously won at Brighton since 2006, when Paul Sturrock was in charge

The Finn gave debuts to keeper David Stockdale, veteran defender Aaron Hughes, and strikers Chris O'Grady and Shamir Fenelon.

O'Grady, a £500,000 signing from Barnsley, put a left-foot shot on the turn wide and then fed Kazenga Lua Lua to force Keiren Westwood into a brave stop.

Coke gave Wednesday, who confirmed the capture of St Johnstone's Stevie May immediately before kick-off, the advantage just before the break when he produced his amazing goal from 25 yards.

Soon after the restart Crofts received a straight red card for his high tackle on Hutchinson.

And although O'Grady had a chance to level, only to be denied by Westwood, Brighton were unable to build up enough pressure to force an equaliser.

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia:

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Sami Hyypia: Brighton boss after Sheffield Wednesday

"We played OK and are on the right path: it's work, work, work.

"I liked the effort of everyone on the pitch, although the red card didn't make it easier.

"There are 46 games in the Championship and I'm not happy we lost as every match is very important."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

"It was an overall team performance and every player put in an eight or nine out of 10 display.

"Brighton manager Sami Hyypia will be disappointed, but we controlled the game and deserved the three points.

"I'm delighted with my team. It shows what team spirit and determination can do."

Referee James Linington sends off Brighton"s Andrew Crofts
Andrew Crofts was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Sam Hutchinson just after the break
Brighton manager Sami Hyypia
The defeat meant it was a bad first game in charge for Brighton boss Sami Hyypia

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 3Greer
  • 2BrunoBooked at 74mins
  • 14CalderonSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 76'minutes
  • 4Hughes
  • 24Ince
  • 18Forster-CaskeyBooked at 10minsSubstituted forAgustienat 61'minutes
  • 8CroftsBooked at 50mins
  • 23FenelonSubstituted forBuckleyat 61'minutes
  • 11O'Grady
  • 25Lua LuaBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 10Agustien
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 15Chicksen
  • 28Toko
  • 30Buckley
  • 31Walton

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 5LoovensBooked at 55mins
  • 3Mattock
  • 15Lees
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forSemedoat 81'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 14Coke
  • 10Maguire
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forMadineat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Semedo
  • 16McCabe
  • 18Zayatte
  • 22Floro
  • 24Madine
  • 43Kirkland
  • 44Kelhar
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
26,993

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Madine replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Íñigo Calderón.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

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

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gordon Greer.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kemy Agustien tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gordon Greer tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kemy Agustien replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. William Buckley replaces Shamir Fenelon.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Bruno.

Booking

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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As It Stood

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1Bournemouth11004043
2Watford11003033
3Middlesbrough11002023
4Millwall11002023
5Nottm Forest11002023
6Ipswich11002113
7Derby11001013
8Sheff Wed11001013
9Reading10102201
10Wigan10102201
11Blackburn10101101
12Brentford10101101
13Cardiff10101101
14Charlton10101101
15Norwich00000000
16Wolves00000000
17Fulham100112-10
18Brighton100101-10
19Rotherham100101-10
20Birmingham100102-20
21Blackpool100102-20
22Leeds100102-20
23Bolton100103-30
24Huddersfield100104-40
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