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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray drew level with Bristol City's Tammy Abraham as the Championship's third-highest goal scorer

Glenn Murray's 19th goal of the season gave second-placed Brighton victory over relegation-threatened Blackburn.

The striker found the bottom corner in the second half from Anthony Knockaert's header to help the Seagulls keep pace with leaders Newcastle.

Lewis Dunk had an effort from a corner saved by Jason Steele, while Lucas Joao came closest for Rovers, volleying over the crossbar in the first half.

Rovers struggled to create chances and stay 22nd, a point from safety.

The defeat is Blackburn's first under manager Tony Mowbray, who had won two and drawn five of his seven previous games since taking charge on 22 February.

Brighton, meanwhile, have moved eight points clear of third-placed Huddersfield, but they remain a point behind Newcastle, who beat struggling Wigan 2-1.

There had never been a goalless draw between the two sides in 35 meetings, but Blackburn, who had drawn their last four matches, nullified Brighton in the first half, with Steele making comfortable saves from Dunk, Murray and Jiri Skalak.

However, Mowbray's side offered little going forward and failed to get a shot on target, with Joao's wayward volley the closest they came to scoring.

Brighton's quality told midway through the second half as Knockaert headed Liam Rosenior's cross into the path of Murray, who took two touches to beat Steele at the near post.

Seagulls substitute Tomer Hemed then put Solly March's cross wide of the post before Connor Mahoney's deflected volley flew narrowly wide for Rovers late on.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "We have seven games left and each individually will be massive. But today I was far more pleased with our win than the other results.

"We are trying to be as normal as possible with seven games to go and not to change too much.

"It was more important, however, that even in a scrappy game we got the job done."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray: "Generally it was pretty tight and 0-0 might have been a fair result from our perspective. We wanted to make life difficult and we nearly did it.

"It looked like 0-0 for most of the game, but it turned in their favour.

"Before this game we had drawn four in a row so we need some wins. We'll have a tough game at Reading at Tuesday as they play expansive football, but we are going to see if we can get three points."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 23Rosenior
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forMurphyat 83'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 8SkalakSubstituted forMarchat 58'minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 88mins
  • 28AkpomSubstituted forHemedat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 10Hemed
  • 14Sidwell
  • 15Murphy
  • 20March
  • 21Norwood
  • 27Tomori

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 5Williams
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forMahoneyat 73'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 23Guthrie
  • 31Bennett
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forGallagherat 71'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forFeeneyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hoban
  • 7Feeney
  • 19Gallagher
  • 21Akpan
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
30,216

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Booking

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Uwe Hünemeier.

Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Solly March with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Attempt saved. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Booking

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Uwe Hünemeier (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Connor Mahoney replaces Craig Conway.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Marvin Emnes.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher replaces Lucas João.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

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

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a headed pass.

Uwe Hünemeier (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Chuba Akpom.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Jiri Skalak.

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle39256872333981
2Brighton39248764333180
3Huddersfield38225114744371
4Reading39217115249370
5Leeds392161252371569
6Fulham391713967472064
7Sheff Wed39189124940963
8Preston391513115448658
9Norwich39169146558757
10Derby391511134238456
11Aston Villa391412134139254
12Brentford39158166257553
13Barnsley391410155656052
14Cardiff39149165457-351
15QPR39148174652-650
16Wolves38139164949048
17Ipswich391016133948-946
18Birmingham391113153955-1646
19Burton391111174053-1344
20Nottm Forest39119195465-1142
21Bristol City39118205055-541
22Blackburn39913174658-1240
23Wigan39810213246-1434
24Rotherham3945303388-5517
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