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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Rotherham United

Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed has scored 18 goals since joining Brighton from Almeria in summer 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion moved to the top of the Championship after securing a comfortable victory against Rotherham.

The hosts took the lead when Anthony Knockaert fired home with a low strike, before Glenn Murray tapped in Liam Rosenior's cross to make it 2-0.

Tomer Hemed had the ball in the net after the break, but his effort was ruled out after Knockaert had handled.

Hemed scored from the spot soon after when Stephen Kelly fouled Murray as the hosts continued their unbeaten start.

Chris Hughton's side, who drew at Derby and beat Nottingham Forest in their opening two matches, moved up five places to the Championship summit.

Rotherham are now without a win in their last eight league games and slip to 20th place in the table following the defeat.

It was a frustrating night for the Millers as they could not find a way past Brighton goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa, who was making his league debut for the club.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"We had to wait for our moments. But there were two moments of quality for the first two goals. Bruno has not played too many games at centre-back but I knew he could play there. He`s been good for [Lewis] Dunk as well and the clean sheet is as pleasing as the goals.

"I am delighted with the result and the performances so far in being unbeaten. We have a tough game at Reading on Saturday and we must try and keep the run going.

"It was a really important win today. You have got to do well at home as it will be tougher away from home."

Rotherham United manager Alan Stubbs:

"I knew it would be a challenge and tough. It makes me even more excited to do something with the opportunity. I don`t fear what is in front of me. It is what it is and it makes it rewarding when you get results.

"We have changed considerably the way we try and play and our squad has to grow into the demands of this division very quickly. When they do, they`ll compete much better."

"After our trip to Aston Villa, coming to Brighton was always going to be difficult. We make a mistake in our box and give Brighton an opportunity for their first goal. Then the game drifted away from us and we didn't stop the cross for the second goal.

"But in the second half we showed a little bit of character and that pleased me. Sometimes at 2-0 you can accept things and the hardest thing is to do something about it. We did that much better in the second half."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 23Rosenior
  • 2Bruno
  • 5DunkBooked at 48mins
  • 3Bong
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forLua Luaat 69'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 21Norwood
  • 15Murphy
  • 10Hemed
  • 17MurraySubstituted forBaldockat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kayal
  • 8Skalak
  • 9Baldock
  • 14Sidwell
  • 16Ankergren
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 43White

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 17FisherBooked at 76minsSubstituted forThorpeat 89'minutes
  • 2KellyBooked at 57mins
  • 16Wilson
  • 14BallBooked at 57mins
  • 3Mattock
  • 7FordeSubstituted forAllanat 45'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 4Vaulks
  • 33Smallwood
  • 11Taylor
  • 9Ward

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 12Price
  • 21Allan
  • 23Thorpe
  • 39Yates
  • 40Warren
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
25,128

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Rotherham United 0.

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

Foul by Dominic Ball (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Scott Allan (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Allan.

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Bruno.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Tom Thorpe replaces Darnell Fisher.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Dominic Ball (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Scott Allan (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Booking

Scott Allan (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Scott Allan (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jon Taylor with a cross.

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

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Scott Allan (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Danny Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Scott Allan (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) 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 Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).

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

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Niki Mäenpää.

Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Sam Baldock replaces Glenn Murray.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon Taylor.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

goal

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