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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 Bolton Wanderers

Tomer Hemed
Israeli striker Tomer Hemed has scored in consecutive games for Brighton following a 10-match goal drought

Brighton beat Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers to record their fourth successive league victory.

Jamie Murphy's composed finished put Brighton in front before Emile Heskey equalised, but the Seagulls went in ahead at the break through Tomer Hemed.

Jay Spearing's low shot levelled the scores and, after Albion keeper David Stockdale made a crucial save, Beram Kayal restored Brighton's lead.

Brighton remain fourth while Bolton slip back to the bottom of the table.

Both sides wore black armbands in memory of Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, who died at the age of 63 on Wednesday, with a minute's applause from supporters in the 63rd minute.

Neil Lennon's Bolton side went into the match with the worst away record in the Championship, and are now without a win in 16 league matches on their travels this season.

The visitors had fewer clear-cut chances but Kayal's winner came moments after Stockdale had denied Wanderers winger Liam Feeney from a one-on-one.

After referee Robert Lewis was forced off with an injury, Bobby Zamora and Kayal had chances to wrap up the points before Brighton survived six minutes of second-half injury time.

Wanderers suffer a first defeat in four league games and drop a place to 24th after Charlton drew 0-0 at home to Cardiff.

Brighton assistant manager Colin Calderwood:

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Calderwood on Brighton v Bolton

"We are more or less where you`d want to be. Now we`ve got to try and win away from home.

"We are close to the top and if we have everybody fit we`ll have a fair shot at it.

"We looked as though we can score and that is very encouraging. I felt we always looked dangerous."

Bolton boss Neil Lennon:

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Lennon on Brighton v Bolton

"Against a good side like Brighton I can take a lot of good things from the performance.

"There is still a long way to go. We`ve been in decent form and we have got to put this one away.

"We`ve got some catching up to do but there`s 15 games to go; plenty of time. We must capitalise on good performances and we need to start grinding out results.

"I don`t think many would`ve given us a chance today and it gives me encouragement going forward."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 33RidgewellSubstituted forCalderonat 70'minutes
  • 27KnockaertBooked at 51minsSubstituted forSkalakat 90'minutes
  • 6StephensBooked at 9mins
  • 7Kayal
  • 15Murphy
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forLua Luaat 75'minutes
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 8Crofts
  • 9Baldock
  • 14Calderon
  • 16Ankergren
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 36Sidwell
  • 38Skalak

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 6VelaBooked at 82mins
  • 4Dervite
  • 45Holding
  • 15Derik
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forDannsat 89'minutes
  • 7Feeney
  • 21Pratley
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forWooleryat 84'minutes
  • 22WellingtonSubstituted forCloughat 66'minutes
  • 19Heskey

Substitutes

  • 10Clough
  • 13Rachubka
  • 18Danns
  • 23Dobbie
  • 27Twardzik
  • 30Woolery
  • 36Finney
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
26,717

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Derik (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jiri Skalak replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Jay Spearing.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Attempt missed. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Connor Goldson tries a through ball, but Jamie Murphy is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rob Holding following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Kaiyne Woolery replaces Mark Davies.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Booking

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Bobby Zamora.

Attempt missed. Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Murphy with a cross.

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

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Liam Ridgewell because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zach Clough replaces Wellington.

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Liam Ridgewell.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Bolton Wanderers 2. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Dorian Dervite.

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Attempt saved. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Hull30185747192859
2Middlesbrough29176639162357
3Burnley311511548262256
4Brighton301511440301056
5Sheff Wed311411649331653
6Derby311312640271351
7Birmingham3113993830848
8Ipswich3113994039148
9Cardiff31111373833546
10Nottm Forest31101293127442
11Preston31101292929042
12Wolves311010114042-240
13Brentford31117134248-640
14QPR31912103738-139
15Reading31910123333037
16Leeds30812102934-536
17Huddersfield3198144244-235
18Fulham30711124750-332
19Blackburn29613102527-231
20MK Dons3187162542-1731
21Bristol City31710142748-2131
22Rotherham3175193655-1926
23Charlton31510162656-3025
24Bolton31412153052-2224
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