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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Brighton v Huddersfield
Brighton are unbeaten in their last nine league meetings with Huddersfield

Danny Ward's goalkeeping error gifted Brighton victory as Championship leaders Huddersfield suffered their first defeat of the campaign.

In a low-key match, Anthony Knockaert's shot took a slight deflection, slipping through Ward's grasp at the near post.

The Terriers' keeper made a great one-on-one save from Jamie Murphy in the first half as the Seagulls were on top.

Bruno and Lewis Dunk had gone close before the goal, while Elias Kachunga spurned the visitors' best chance.

David Wagner's Huddersfield side had enjoyed their best start to a league season in their 108-year history, but their lead at the top is now only one point after Newcastle's thrashing of QPR.

Brighton were without a win in three league games but always looked most likely to break the deadlock, Dunk heading their best chance wide from only two yards out.

The visitors almost punished Chris Hughton's team when Jack Payne's cross evaded David Stockdale, but on-loan striker Kachunga could not make contact with the goal gaping.

That was the only real scare for the hosts, who kept their first clean sheet since a run of four shutouts at the start of the season.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"It was probably one of those games that gets the supporters a little frustrated.

"But, as a manager and a coach, you know you have to play that type of game.

"They are a good side. They give you a lot of possession, they drop back and they counter very quickly.

"If you don't play within a shape, they can punish you. We had to be patient. We created the two best chances in the game, one in each half.

"The bit of luck we got in the game, I thought we deserved. I thought we were the better team."

Huddersfield boss David Wagner on keeper Ward's mistake:

"I spoke to Danny and I told him there were no complaints from my side.

"Mistakes are part of this game.

"Unfortunately, if a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it's a goal. But he is strong enough and he knows that everyone backs him - that he will be fresh on Saturday and will help us get a better result than we had today."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5DunkBooked at 62mins
  • 3Bong
  • 8SkalakSubstituted forSidwellat 84'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 15Murphy
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forManuat 90+2'minutes
  • 10HemedSubstituted forMurrayat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 14Sidwell
  • 17Murray
  • 18Goldson
  • 19Manu
  • 21Norwood
  • 42Hunt

Huddersfield

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 5Hudson
  • 26SchindlerBooked at 55mins
  • 15LöweSubstituted forHefeleat 83'minutes
  • 6Hogg
  • 10Mooy
  • 11BunnSubstituted forWellsat 67'minutes
  • 16PayneSubstituted forPalmerat 83'minutes
  • 17van La Parra
  • 9Kachunga

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 12Holmes-Dennis
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 21Wells
  • 44Hefele
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
24,166

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt blocked. Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kasey Palmer with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Elvis Manu replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg tries a through ball, but Michael Hefele is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Jiri Skalak.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Kasey Palmer replaces Jack Payne.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Michael Hefele replaces Chris Löwe.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Huddersfield Town 0. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

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

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

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jiri Skalak following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray replaces Tomer Hemed.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Nahki Wells replaces Harry Bunn.

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

Foul by Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

Booking

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield751195416
2Newcastle75021641215
3Barnsley7502189915
4Norwich7421118314
5Birmingham733185312
6Fulham733186212
7Brighton732296311
8Ipswich732287111
9Sheff Wed732289-111
10Reading732279-211
11Brentford631274310
12Bristol City73131110110
13Nottm Forest63121313010
14QPR7313912-310
15Burton7232121119
16Wolves723289-19
17Leeds7214711-47
18Aston Villa61327706
19Preston72057706
20Derby712416-55
21Cardiff7124612-65
22Rotherham6123514-95
23Wigan71151012-24
24Blackburn7025615-92
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