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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Cardiff City

Brighton celebrate their winning goal
Brighton have won 11 of their 14 home league games this season, losing just once at the Amex Stadium

Brighton went back to the top of the Championship thanks to Tomer Hemed's winner against a determined Cardiff.

Chris Hughton's side were dominant in the second half but had to wait until the 73rd minute when Oliver Norwood found Hemed who fired home.

The visiting Bluebirds had threatened in the first period, but David Stockdale denied Kenneth Zohore.

The match had been rearranged after the scheduled meeting on 30 December was postponed because of fog.

Cardiff remain 16th in the Championship while Brighton hold a two-point advantage over Newcastle.

The Seagulls made a fast start and could have led after four minutes, but winger Jamie Murphy could not quite connect with a cross.

Joe Ralls went close with Cardiff's first effort and Zohore spurned a good opportunity when he raced clear on 23 minutes before firing straight at David Stockdale.

The visitors again went close through Sean Morrison who headed firmly at goal from Ralls' free-kick, but Stockdale tipped the ball over the bar.

The goalkeeper was again called into action when Junior Hoilett cut inside and fired at goal, but Stockdale produced a fingertip stop to turn the ball wide.

Brighton did test Allan McGregor just before the break when Solly March broke clear, but his effort was held by the on-loan goalkeeper.

However, if Cardiff shaded the first period, the promotion-chasing hosts were dominant after the restart.

Hughton's men wasted one of the best opportunities of the match when Israel international Hemed missed from close range after March's cross.

Brighton winner
Tomer Hemed has scored five goals is 21 league appearances for Brighton this season

The longer the game stayed level the more Cardiff attempted to frustrate, but Brighton got their breakthrough when substitute Norwood found Hemed, who turned past defender Sol Bamba and smashed the ball into the net.

Murphy almost made it two only a minute later after Connor Goldson's cut-back, but McGregor denied him. Anthony Knockaert also missed a late chance to increase the advantage.

Brighton held on despite a late effort from substitute Craig Noone that was blocked.

The defeat for Neil Warnock's side was the first time Cardiff have lost a league game away at Brighton since January 2002, when Bobby Zamora netted the winner for the Seagulls.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton told BBC Sussex: "They've got good players in their team and we had to be patient and look for the opportunities.

"I think you've got to give them credit, but it was going to be that one bit of brilliance or one bit of really good play that was going to break the deadlock, and I always felt it was going to be us rather than them.

"The league is too tough to be able to expect anything different than what we expect, and that's everybody behind us in the table really pushing."

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock told BBC Radio Wales: "I asked the players to show how far we have come and I thought we more than matched them at times.

"It shows me what we are looking for and what we need to succeed.

"I think Brighton will be glad that they don't play us again. We had good chances and their goalkeeper has made three good saves."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 18Goldson
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 6Stephens
  • 7KayalSubstituted forNorwoodat 71'minutes
  • 11KnockaertBooked at 90minsSubstituted forSkalakat 90'minutes
  • 20MarchSubstituted forSidwellat 82'minutes
  • 15Murphy
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 8Skalak
  • 14Sidwell
  • 21Norwood
  • 29Towell
  • 42Hunt

Cardiff

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 6Richards
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forHealeyat 79'minutes
  • 24K Harris
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8RallsSubstituted forWhittinghamat 89'minutes
  • 33HoilettBooked at 21minsSubstituted forNooneat 79'minutes
  • 26Zohore

Substitutes

  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 16Connolly
  • 19Lambert
  • 23Kennedy
  • 28Murphy
  • 37Healey
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
26,688

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Cardiff City 0.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jazz Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jiri Skalak replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Booking

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham replaces Joe Ralls.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.

Offside, Cardiff City. Sol Bamba tries a through ball, but Craig Noone is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Solly March.

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Solly March.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kadeem Harris.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Junior Hoilett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Rhys Healey replaces Greg Halford.

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

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

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Connor Goldson.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Cardiff City 0. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood replaces Beram Kayal.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

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

Hand ball by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Greg Halford.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a set piece situation.

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Halford (Cardiff City).

goal

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