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Leeds United 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bobby Zamora
Bobby Zamora's last goal for Brighton came against Grimsby on 4 May 2003

Substitute Bobby Zamora scored his first goal for Brighton since returning to the club to give the Championship leaders a late win at Leeds.

The veteran striker showed a great touch to chip the ball past home goalkeeper Marco Silvestri in the 89th minute.

After a quiet opening, Solly March gave the visitors the lead in the 14th minute with a low finish.

Leeds levelled through Liam Cooper's glancing header from a free-kick.

Bobby Zamora
Bobby Zamora left Brighton for Tottenham in July 2002 before rejoining the club from QPR this summer

Zamora's goal was his first for the Seagulls since May 2003 and helped them extend their lead at the top to four points and stretch their club-record unbeaten start to the season to 11 games.

In contrast, Uwe Rosler's men have now won just one of their last six matches and are winless in their last 11 home games - a new club record.

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Hughton on Leeds v Brighton

The hosts had started brightly before Beram Kayal played March through on goal and the 21-year-old kept his composure to score his first of the season inside the first 15 minutes.

Leeds responded well and got a deserved equaliser in the 23rd minute when Cooper flicked Alex Mowatt's free-kick beyond Seagulls keeper David Stockdale.

Mowatt came close to giving Leeds the advantage after the break when he charged down a Stockdale clearance and the ball hit the outside of the post.

March hit the bar and Tomer Hemed saw an effort saved by Silvestri before veteran Zamora won it with a lovely finish when the hosts were down to 10 men, with Cooper having gone off injured with all three substitutes used.

Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler:

"Things are just not going for us at the moment. There were three key moments in the game. They scored from their first attack and I feared the worst but we showed terrific character and got a quick equaliser.

"The second key moment was when Chris Wood didn't take his unbelievable opportunity. The game looked like ending 1-1 so we brought on Mirco Antenucci and Will Buckley to try and win it but the third key moment was Liam Cooper's injury, leaving us with 10 men.

"Having said all that, we can't feel sorry for ourselves. There are a lot of people far worse off than us so we have to pick ourselves up and go again. I feel a bit sorry for the players, supporters and owner. When you invest as much as the players do in training and get so little back it's disappointing."

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton:

"We deserve to be where we are at the moment. We were probably not at our best today but we showed a willingness to fight to the end and get the right result. Bobby Zamora came on and scored about ten minutes later and I am delighted for him.

"We know what he gives us but it was a team effort at that stage of a game that seemed to be petering out into a draw. Bobby wasn't up to speed in pre-season, so we knew it would take time, but we have been able to use him at the right times.

"He gave us exactly what we needed when he came on. The players very much wanted to win the game and it showed."

Liam Cooper
Liam Cooper scored just his second goal for Leeds to level the scores before the break
Brighton celebrate
Brighton players celebrate Solly March giving them an early lead

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4Wootton
  • 3Bamba
  • 6Cooper
  • 28Berardi
  • 23L Cook
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 10MowattSubstituted forAntenucciat 68'minutes
  • 20BotakaSubstituted forByramat 78'minutes
  • 9Wood
  • 15DallasSubstituted forBuckleyat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byram
  • 5Bellusci
  • 7Antenucci
  • 8Murphy
  • 25Buckley
  • 27Phillips
  • 30Horton

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoBooked at 80mins
  • 3GreerSubstituted forHünemeierat 40'minutes
  • 5Dunk
  • 12BongBooked at 90mins
  • 23RoseniorSubstituted forCroftsat 60'minutes
  • 7Kayal
  • 6Stephens
  • 20March
  • 10HemedSubstituted forZamoraat 78'minutes
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 8Crofts
  • 14Calderon
  • 19Manu
  • 24Ince
  • 25Zamora
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
22,736

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

Booking

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

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

William Buckley (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

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

Attempt missed. Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong with a through ball.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Cooper (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Booking

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

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

William Buckley (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Sam Byram replaces Jordan Botaka.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bobby Zamora replaces Tommer Hemed.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March tries a through ball, but Sam Baldock is caught offside.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Marco Silvestri (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Buckley (Leeds United).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Alex Mowatt.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Attempt saved. Tommer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beram Kayal with a headed pass.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong with a cross.

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Bruno.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. William Buckley replaces Stuart Dallas.

Foul by Uwe Hünemeier (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Chris Wood (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrew Crofts replaces Liam Rosenior.

Offside, Leeds United. Scott Wootton tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

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

Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Rosenior tries a through ball, but Sam Baldock is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton11740169725
2Reading116321771021
3Middlesbrough116321771021
4Birmingham116321811721
5Burnley116321611521
6Hull11542148619
7Derby10451127517
8Cardiff114521411317
9Sheff Wed114431615116
10Ipswich114431517-216
11Wolves104331511415
12QPR114341922-315
13Fulham113441716113
14Nottm Forest11335912-312
15Blackburn112541213-111
16MK Dons113261214-211
17Huddersfield112541014-411
18Leeds112541015-511
19Brentford113261420-611
20Charlton112451115-410
21Bristol City112451420-610
22Preston11155713-68
23Rotherham112271321-88
24Bolton11155918-98
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