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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Gary Gardner
Gary Gardner joined Brighton on a loan deal from Aston Villa in August

A first-minute Gary Gardner strike gave Brighton victory over Wigan to ease the pressure on manager Sami Hyypia.

The Seagulls' quick start proved enough to earn them a first Championship win in 12 games dating back to August.

Defeat for fellow strugglers Wigan leaves them just a point above the drop zone, level on 16 points with Brighton.

Hyypia handed a start to loan signing Elliott Bennett, and his pass released Sam Baldock to cross for Gardner to open the scoring after 54 seconds.

Gardner's first goal since joining on loan from Aston Villa was almost added to when former Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua set up Joao Teixeira, but his powerful shot came back off the crossbar.

Latics' slide continues
Wigan's defeat means they have now won just one of their past 11 league matches since back-to-back victories over Blackpool and Birmingham City in late August.

Wigan threatened when Roger Espinoza crossed and Martyn Waghorn put a glancing header wide of the left-hand post of Christian Walton, who was making his home debut with the Seagulls unable to field Ali Al-Habsi against his parent club.

Wigan goalkeeper Scott Carson made a straightforward save to take a header from Bennett before Walton held a 20-yard free-kick by James Tavernier.

Walton again came to Brighton's rescue by saving a low shot from Waghorn before parrying a goalbound drive by Adam Forshaw.

Waghorn threatened again by getting in between Albion's two centre-halves but his left-foot shot was well saved by the impressive Walton.

Greg Halford, signed on loan from Nottingham Forest, came on for his Seagulls debut in the closing stages after Bennett was forced off after taking a blow to the calf.

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia:

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Hyypia on Brighton v Wigan

"It's a great feeling to win the game. It was very important to win in this situation and the team showed a lot of character.

"It's a big relief to get the win; I just concentrate on my job and work with the pressures. I do what I believe.

"I make my own pressures as for outside pressures, I don't really care."

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"We just need to be scoring goals. After a game like that, I don't look at the table.

"We can't do more than dominate a game and I don't know what to say after we dominated a game like that.

"The first 10 minutes were not good. We can't retain possession like we did. But apart from that we did everything right."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 31Walton
  • 14Calderon
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 19Gardner
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 32BennettSubstituted forHalfordat 89'minutes
  • 17J TeixeiraSubstituted forInceat 70'minutes
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Colunga
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 16Ankergren
  • 20McCourt
  • 22Holla
  • 24Ince
  • 33Halford

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 2Tavernier
  • 30Kiernan
  • 31Figueroa
  • 24Perch
  • 19CowieSubstituted forRiera Magemat 75'minutes
  • 29ForshawBooked at 70minsSubstituted forMcCannat 84'minutes
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forMcManamanat 68'minutes
  • 10Maloney
  • 18Espinoza
  • 33WaghornBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 3A Taylor
  • 7McCann
  • 8Watson
  • 9Riera Magem
  • 13Nicholls
  • 15McManaman
  • 36Kvist
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
23,044

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Roger Espinoza.

Attempt missed. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Greg Halford replaces Elliott Bennett because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Elliott Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Chris McCann replaces Adam Forshaw.

Attempt blocked. Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

Booking

Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

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

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Sam Baldock.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Oriol Riera replaces Don Cowie.

Foul by Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic).

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Elliott Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Booking

Adam Forshaw (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth1693433161730
2Middlesbrough1693426121430
3Watford1685330181229
4Derby1685328161229
5Ipswich167632417727
6Wolves167632217527
7Norwich167542417726
8Blackburn167542623326
9Charlton165921918124
10Nottm Forest155732319422
11Cardiff166462121022
12Brentford156451820-222
13Reading166372226-421
14Sheff Wed164841214-220
15Huddersfield165562428-420
16Millwall164661721-418
17Leeds164571723-617
18Rotherham164571524-917
19Wigan163761719-216
20Brighton163761619-316
21Fulham154382228-615
22Birmingham163671429-1515
23Bolton1642101726-914
24Blackpool151311824-166
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