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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Fulham

Sam Baldock scores
Sam Baldock's impressive volley early in the second half turned the game around

Brighton came from a goal down to beat Fulham and move to within two points of top spot in the Championship.

Fulham went ahead through Kevin McDonald's back-post header in a first half they dominated, with Floyd Ayite and Scott Malone forcing great saves from Albion keeper David Stockdale.

But Sam Baldock's impressive volley from the edge of the box levelled the scores early in the second half.

Glenn Murray secured the points with a cushioned volley from Baldock's cross.

Brighton's win - coupled with leaders Newcastle's first loss in over two months - meant Albion closed the gap on the Mapgies and stayed four points clear of third-placed Reading.

Fulham will be disappointed not to have made more of their good first-half showing as they repeatedly opened up the home side's defence.

But after the break Brighton hit their stride following Baldock's impressive volley from Anthony Knockaert's ball into the box and he later hit the post with a deflected shot from Shane Duffy's header down.

Albion fans did not have to wait much longer for a second, though, as the unmarked Murray, the Championship's second-highest scorer this season, got his 11th goal of the season by sweeping home Baldock's excellent ball.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"They were better than us in the first half because we gave them too much room and we were pleased when half-time came.

"But it shows the character of the team that, despite not being at our best, we were able to fight our way back and that is what you need when you are up there challenging.

"It was an important win because it was unexpected for Newcastle to lose, and one thing I still feel is that the team closest to Newcastle in the table at the end of the season will have a really good chance of going up."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"It was an ugly afternoon for us. We should be going back to London with some points, but we paid the price for not taking our chances and they were more clinical.

"They made only half-chances - the complete opposite of what we made in the first half. If you don't score, you need to concentrate defensively and we didn't.

"What's important here is that we don't change our attacking philosophy, continue to be brave and believe in each other."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5DunkBooked at 47mins
  • 3Bong
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forSkalakat 72'minutes
  • 6StephensBooked at 61mins
  • 14SidwellBooked at 58mins
  • 15Murphy
  • 17Murray
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forNorwoodat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Skalak
  • 10Hemed
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Norwood

Fulham

  • 27ButtonBooked at 51mins
  • 4OdoiBooked at 79minsSubstituted forFredericksat 85'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 26Kalas
  • 17SigurdssonBooked at 50mins
  • 3Malone
  • 10Cairney
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 76mins
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forPiazonat 84'minutes
  • 14Johansen
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forKebanoat 85'minutes
  • 25MartinBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Fredericks
  • 7Kebano
  • 9Smith
  • 13Ream
  • 20Piazon
  • 30R Sessegnon
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
29,445

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Fulham 1.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

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

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).

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

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Glenn Murray with a headed pass.

Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks replaces Denis Odoi.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayité.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Sone Aluko.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood replaces Sam Baldock.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Sam Baldock is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Fulham 1. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Baldock with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

Booking

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

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

Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy.

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

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Scott Malone.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton18115228111738
3Reading1810442519634
4Birmingham188732419531
5Leeds189272120129
6Huddersfield179261921-229
7Sheff Wed188462020028
8Norwich188372930-127
9Derby187561613326
10Fulham186752521425
11Aston Villa1851032118325
12Preston187472321225
13Bristol City187382422224
14Ipswich186661717024
15QPR186571926-723
16Brentford186482421322
17Nottm Forest186483232022
18Barnsley186482929022
19Burton184771924-519
20Blackburn185492027-719
21Wolves184681923-418
22Cardiff1853101830-1218
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1814131843-257
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