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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Brentford

Anthony Knockaert
Anthony Knockaert won promotion to the Premier League with Leicester in 2014

French midfielder Anthony Knockaert scored his first goal for Brighton as the Seagulls beat mid-table Brentford to go third in the Championship table.

Chris Hughton's side are two points behind second-placed Middlesbrough.

Knockaert, who joined the Sussex club from Standard Liege in January, beat David Button with an angled shot.

Tomer Hemed expertly headed in Beram Kayal's right-wing cross, his first goal since 5 December, before Jamie Murphy added a third in stoppage time.

Brighton's 3-0 win over Brentford as it happened

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Hughton on Brighton v Brentford

Bruno also had a first-half shot deflected onto the crossbar by Brentford centre-back Harlee Dean, as Brighton strolled towards a third successive win.

At the other end, with the score at 0-0, goalkeeper David Stockdale made a flying save to keep out Alan Judge's powerful first-time shot.

Knockaert set up both goals in a 2-1 win over Huddersfield on his home debut 13 days earlier and he was in fine form once more against the Bees, although he should have opened the scoring inside the second minute but poked wide from eight yards.

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Smith on Brighton v Brentford

Israel striker Hemed had started the season with five goals in his nine appearances for Brighton but, like his team-mates, had struggled for goals during a seven-match winless run in the league over the festive period.

That dip in form appears to be at an end, with Murphy's late goal on the counter-attack sealing Brighton's biggest win of the season.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13StockdaleBooked at 36mins
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Ridgewell
  • 27Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 7KayalSubstituted forSidwellat 78'minutes
  • 15Murphy
  • 10HemedSubstituted forCroftsat 69'minutes
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forWilsonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Crofts
  • 14Calderon
  • 16Ankergren
  • 21Wilson
  • 29Towell
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 36Sidwell

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 29Barbet
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15WoodsBooked at 42mins
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forMacLeodat 82'minutes
  • 7SaundersSubstituted forCanosat 60'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19Swift
  • 21VibeSubstituted forDjuricinat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 8Djuricin
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 22O'Connell
  • 28Yennaris
  • 47Canos
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
24,096

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Brentford 0.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Brentford 0. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Crofts with a through ball.

Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Josh McEachran because of an injury.

Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Josh McEachran (Brentford) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Beram Kayal because of an injury.

Delay in match Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by James Wilson.

Attempt blocked. John Swift (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Liam Ridgewell.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrew Crofts replaces Tomer Hemed.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergi Canos.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Liam Ridgewell (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Marco Djuricin replaces Lasse Vibe.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by James Wilson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Sam Saunders.

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross following a corner.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Brighton29141143728953
4Burnley291410547262152
5Derby291311539251450
6Ipswich2913973936348
7Sheff Wed291211643321147
8Birmingham2913883728947
9Cardiff29111173833544
10Brentford30117124244-240
11Nottm Forest2991283025539
12Wolves29109103940-139
13QPR2981293535036
14Preston2981292527-236
15Leeds2981292933-436
16Reading2998123333035
17Huddersfield2988133942-332
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2974183553-1825
22Bristol City29510142447-2325
23Charlton2959152655-2924
24Bolton29312142648-2221
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