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Brighton Hove Albion 2-0 Barnsley

Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray has scored five goal in the Championship so far this season

Glenn Murray netted twice as Brighton eased to victory and condemned Barnsley to a second successive league defeat.

The 32-year-old finished off a scintillating break to give the hosts the lead after 12 minutes.

Murray then doubled the Seagulls' lead just after the break as he headed in Jiri Skalak's free-kick.

The visitors struggled to find a way through the resolute Brighton defence, with David Stockdale getting down well to save Josh Scowen's shot late on.

Brighton's first goal came from a Barnsley free-kick, with Anthony Knockaert collecting the cleared ball and racing away before setting Beram Kayal free, who then passed across goal to give Murray the simplest of tap-ins.

The home side continued to attack but had to wait until the second half for their second, with Skalak's pinpoint free-kick taking the deftest of touches off Murray's head and nestling in the far corner.

Barnsley, who are just outside the top six, were forced to wait until the 75th minute for their only shot on target, but Stockdale was equal to Scowen's shot from the edge of the box.

Albion's third successive league win, following wins over Huddersfield and Burton, lifts Chris Hughton's side up to third in the Championship table.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"I think it was Glenn's best all-round performance in terms of his goals, his runs and his overall play.

"Glenn went through a few games when he wasn't at this level. That was when we were trying to bring in another player.

"At this stage, five goals is a very nice return and it's about maintaining that performance level. He won't do that game in, game out, but it was nice to see and I really enjoyed his performance."

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom:

"We knew that we would need to be at our very best but we are disappointed with our performance and it was flat.

"We were poor with the ball in the first half and needed more energy to pass but we didn't play with any intent.

"We need to get back to previous displays; we are realistic enough to know what we are up against."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoBooked at 28mins
  • 22Duffy
  • 5DunkBooked at 9mins
  • 3BongBooked at 19mins
  • 11Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 7KayalSubstituted forNorwoodat 45'minutes
  • 8SkalakSubstituted forSidwellat 84'minutes
  • 10HemedSubstituted forBaldockat 76'minutes
  • 17Murray

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 9Baldock
  • 14Sidwell
  • 15Murphy
  • 18Goldson
  • 21Norwood
  • 42Hunt

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 17Yiadom
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 19KpekawaBooked at 72mins
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forKentat 64'minutes
  • 6ScowenBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMorsyat 80'minutes
  • 8Hourihane
  • 7Hammill
  • 9WinnallSubstituted forBradshawat 80'minutes
  • 32Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 2Bree
  • 11Lee
  • 13Townsend
  • 18Jackson
  • 20Bradshaw
  • 29Morsy
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
26,018

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Barnsley 0.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Cole Kpekawa (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Sam Morsy (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Murray.

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

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Barnsley).

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

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Sam Morsy replaces Josh Scowen.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Tom Bradshaw replaces Sam Winnall.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Yiadom.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Sam Baldock replaces Tomer Hemed.

Attempt saved. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Winnall.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cole Kpekawa (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Cole Kpekawa (Barnsley).

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Cole Kpekawa (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert following a set piece situation.

Booking

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Kent replaces Marley Watkins.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marley Watkins with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

goal

As It Stood

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3Brighton9522126617
4Reading95221010017
5Newcastle95131771016
6Birmingham9441117416
7Barnsley95041913615
8Wolves94321310315
9Brentford9423148614
10Bristol City94231611514
11Sheff Wed94231112-114
12Leeds94141011-113
13Fulham9342810-213
14Ipswich933388012
15Nottm Forest93241719-211
16QPR93241115-411
17Aston Villa91629909
18Burton92341315-29
19Preston9306812-49
20Blackburn92251218-68
21Cardiff9225815-78
22Derby913539-66
23Rotherham91351022-126
24Wigan91261013-35
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