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Birmingham City 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Lewis Dunk
Lewis Dunk's winning goal gave Brighton a fifth win in eight games

Brighton kept the pressure on their Championship automatic promotion rivals with victory at Birmingham, whose hopes of a play-off place all but ended.

Birmingham led when on-loan Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty slotted in a debut goal, but a glancing Connor Goldson header drew Brighton level.

In-form defender Lewis Dunk then rose highest at a corner to nod Brighton ahead shortly after the break.

Brighton were rarely troubled late on and remain one point off the top two.

Birmingham remain ninth but are now 11 points behind the top six, after wins for Sheffield Wednesday and Derby.

Gary Rowett's side have won just twice in 10 matches, while Brighton extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

Both Seagulls goals came from Jiri Skalak set-piece deliveries, with both Goldson and Dunk out-jumping their markers to convert fine crosses.

Birmingham struggled to create significant chances in the second half as Brighton held on relatively comfortably, and substitute James Wilson should have added a third in the closing stages.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

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Gary Rowett on Birmingham v Brighton

"I've warned the players if they think they can take their foot off the gas then they'll be coming in on Sundays and their days off.

"I think I'd look a bit stupid if I said we could still get into the play-offs now, the gap's 11 points.

"I was really pleased with Kyle Lafferty, when I took him off a fan was screaming he was our only chance of a goal, but he hasn't played a lot of football and needs to be fitter."

Brighton assistant manager Colin Calderwood:

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Colin Calderwood: Brighton assistant on win at Birmingham

"If you really want to go for it you have to chase the three points and get them. Winning tonight helps us but it won't take us up.

"We weren't aware of Middlesbrough being 2-0 up at half-time, but whether Middlesbrough win or lose, if we win every game we'll have a chance. Well, we won't have a chance, we'll be up.

"Everyone has experienced highs and lows on the final day and we hope to be involved in some of the action towards the end."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31CaddisBooked at 82mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forFabbriniat 78'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 8Gleeson
  • 9Donaldson
  • 20ToralSubstituted forCotterillat 86'minutes
  • 25LaffertySubstituted forDavisat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 7Fabbrini
  • 11Cotterill
  • 15Vaughan
  • 26Davis
  • 30Buckley
  • 32Shotton

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 23Rosenior
  • 38Skalak
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 30Lua LuaSubstituted forMurphyat 69'minutes
  • 36Sidwell
  • 10HemedSubstituted forWilsonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 3Greer
  • 12Bong
  • 15Murphy
  • 21Wilson
  • 27Knockaert
  • 29Towell
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
16,143

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Foul by James Wilson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. James Wilson (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

Offside, Birmingham City. Michael Morrison tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Booking

David Davis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Cotterill replaces Jon-Miquel Toral.

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

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Booking

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Diego Fabbrini replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. James Wilson replaces Tomer Hemed.

Offside, Birmingham City. Michael Morrison tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Kyle Lafferty.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steve Sidwell with a headed pass.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Attempt saved. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

Attempt missed. Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough39237954252976
3Brighton402015556381875
4Hull392091054272769
5Sheff Wed401814859372268
6Derby401813956371967
7Cardiff40161595142963
8Ipswich401612124644260
9Birmingham391511134339456
10Preston401414123938156
11QPR401216125047352
12Wolves401313144852-452
13Reading391312144544151
14Brentford39147185460-649
15Leeds391115133948-948
16Blackburn401113163940-146
17Nottm Forest401113163541-646
18Huddersfield40129195257-545
19Fulham401014166166-544
20Bristol City401111184163-2244
21Rotherham40127214764-1743
22MK Dons40910213455-2137
23Charlton40812203670-3436
24Bolton40414223772-3526
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