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Summary

  1. Win takes Brighton third in table
  2. Knockaert's angled shot put hosts ahead
  3. Hemed headed in Brighton's second
  4. Murphy added third in stoppage-time

Live Reporting

By Rob Stevens

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

That's all from us this evening.

Thanks for being with us as Brighton recorded a comfortable victory over Brentford to secure their third successive victory in the Championship and move up to third in the table.

You can read Phil Cartwright's full match report on tonight's action here.

Remember you can follow the rest of the weekend's Championship fixtures - and all the other sporting action - via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.

Goodnight.

FT: Brighton 3-0 Brentford

Chris Hughton
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Irrespective of the scoreline, Brentford can hurt you. There are so many good teams in this division. We've got good experience and a mix of younger ones as well.

Chris HughtonBrighton manager on Sky Sports

Rhodes v Rovers at the Riverside

Saturday's Championship action

Jordan Rhodes
Rex Features

When you sell your star striker for £9m, probably the last thing you want is to be coming up against him five days later.

That's what awaits Blackburn Rovers tomorrow, as Jordan Rhodes is poised to make his Middlesbrough debut against the club he left on deadline day.

"That's the way it is but if involved on Saturday I'll give my all in a red shirt," Scotland international Rhodes told BBC Tees.

Click here to see team news and previews for all 11 of tomorrow's Championship fixtures.

FT: Brighton 3-0 Brentford

Thanks for all your tweets this evening and sending us your thoughts via #bbcfootball - we've had contributions from all over the UK and as far afield as Canada and New Zealand.

FT: Brighton 3-0 Brentford

Tomer Hemed
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That makes it three wins in a row for Brighton and the Seagulls have the added bonus of Anthony Knockaert's first goal for the club and Tomer Hemed ending his 10-game goal drought, which stretched back to early December.

FT: Brighton 3-0 Brentford

It has been a good time for me since I have been here. I am really happy. I could have scored more but the three points was the most important thing.

Anthony KnockaertBrighton winger on Sky Sports

FULL-TIME

Brighton 3-0 Brentford

Keith Stroud blows the whistle and Brighton go third in the table with their biggest win of the season. Brentford stay eight points off the play-offs.

FT Albion 3 Brentford 0 - Seagulls move up to 3rd. Aspinall "Brighton are going for promotion." @BBCSussexSport
FT Albion 3 Brentford 0 - Seagulls move up to 3rd. Aspinall "Brighton are going for promotion." @BBCSussexSport

FT Albion 3 Brentford 0 - Seagulls move up to 3rd. Aspinall "Brighton are going for promotion." @BBCSussexSport

GOAL

Brighton 3-0 Brentford (Murphy)

Brighton get their third of the evening and it has been coming.

The Bees have been pushing forward to get back in the game and one ball from the centre circle from Andrew Crofts releases Jamie Murphy, who shoots across David Button into the bottom corner.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

The match sponsors at the Amex go for Anthony Knockaert as man of the match.

Not much between him and Jamie Murphy tonight - both have been central to Brighton's likely victory.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Another Brentford attack breaks down.

The fourth official indicates four minutes of added time.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed have got Brighton's goals this evening, but BBC Sussex's Warren Aspinall has picked Jamie Murphy as man of the match...

He's had an excellent game despite not scoring. He's been a thorn in the full-back's side.

Warren AspinallEx-Brighton striker, BBC Sussex

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Brentford back in possession and are trying to get the ball in the Brighton box without much success.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

A last-ditch challenge from Yoann Barbet denies James Wilson Brighton's third.

The on-loan Manchester Untied man took too long over his shot, and could even have found unmarked team-mate Jamie Murphy in the middle.

Brighton are content to pick their moments on the counter-attack.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Brighton v Brentford
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The sting has gone out of Brentford's midfield play in the last few minutes, and a few passing errors have crept in.

Brighton should be able to see this one through...

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Brighton come to within inches of making it 3-0 and wrapping up the game.

Jamie Murphy's low cross from the left is just in front of a diving Anthony Knockaert, who can't connect.

Shades of Gazza at Euro 96 against Germany, but far less crucial or heartbreaking.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

And we've another landmark substitution.

Lewis Macleod comes on for his Brentford debut, more than a year after he joined the Bees.

Injuries since his arrival at Griffin Park from Rangers mean tonight is only his second appearance on the bench.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Brentford play themselves into danger as Harlee Dean tries to clear David Button's pass but James Wilson can't take advantage, committing a foul in the process.

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Matt Haslett: Sorry Danny (see 21:15), in Barrie. Toronto for a beer one day?

Canadian geography isn't my strong point, but a quick web search suggests there's about 400 miles between Montreal and Barrie.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Brighton are forced into a final substitution and bring on January signing Steve Sidwell for Beram Kayal.

The 33-year-old had loan spells at both these clubs when he was a youngster at Arsenal.

His last appearance for Brighton came on 11 January 2003 in a goalless draw at Coventry.

Here's a picture of Sidwell from his first spell with the Seagulls. Just, you know, just because.  

Steve Sidwell
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Brighton 2-0 Brentford

A worry for Brighton as Sergi Canos gets on the end of a long ball forward. Brighton recover but a clearance cannons off a Brentford shirt and back to Canos.

However the Spaniards second effort from the angle bobbles away harmlessly across goal.

Nervy moments for Seagulls fans.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

David Stockdale is called into action as Sergi Canos tries a shot from the edge of the area, which the Brighton keeper gathers.

With just James Wilson up front now for the Seagulls, Brentford are coming back into the game.

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Danny Payne: Where in Canada is Matt Haslett (see 19:51)? Has the magic of BBC Sport live text found me a fellow Montreal Seagull?!

Are you out there, Matt? Are you still with us?

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Brighton keeper David Stockdale hasn't had too much to do in the second half but makes a meal of coming to gather a corner.

The loose ball falls to John Swift, whose effort is deflected behind off James Wilson.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Albion make their second change of the evening, with Andrew Crofts coming on for Tomer Hemed.

The Israel international with be pleased to have ended his goal drought with his seventh goal of the season.

Crofts will look to add more steel to the Brighton midfield.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

David Stockdale
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Brentford are starting to dominate possession but they are yet to seriously test Albion keeper David Stockdale.

Maxime Colin has had a couple of breaks down the right and Alan Judge has had a shot from the edge of the area blocked.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Anthony Knockaert comes close to his second goal and what a goal it would have been.

Great work from Jamie Murphy releases James Wilson down the left, and his cross finds the Frenchman, whose first-time volley goes just over the bar.

Meanwhile Brentford have made their second change, with Marco Djuricin on for Lasse Vibe up front.

Excellent play by all the youngsters. It's a joy to watch them.

Warren AspinallEx-Brighton striker, BBC Sussex

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Brighton defender Lewis Dunk sends a header wide from a deep corner and moments later Brentford make their first substitution.

On-loan winger Sergi Canos replaces Sam Saunders, who signed a new one-year deal with the Bees today.

Can the Liverpool youngster provide a spark for Dean Smith's side?

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

A lofted ball from Josh McEachran is hit just too long for John Swift, who broke the Brighton offside trap, allowing Albion keeper David Stockdale to gather.

The away side are starting to probe the Seagulls' defence.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Dean Smith
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A great run from John Swift has provided some encouragement for Brentford.

The on-loan Chelsea man beats a couple of players and finds front man Lasse Vibe, but the Dane decides to lay the ball back towards Swift - but he hasn't continued his run and Brighton clear the danger.

Will Bees head coach Dean Smith make a change to get back into the game?

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

James Wilson has made an instant impact after coming on for Bobby Zamora at half-time.

Chasing a ball out to the left flank, he plays it back inside to Jamie Murphy, but his right-footed shot skews high and wide of the far post.

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Neil Graham: Albion fan in Bristol, even the pub TV switching off just before we scored can't spoil a great night! More goals to come!

Peter Day: 6.45am start in Australia to see the Bees at Brighton. Need to up a gear or two in the second half. Come on you Bees!

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Brighton create another opening moments after the restart.

Jamie Murphy gets in another cross from the left and Tomer Hemed beats Yoann Barbet in the air but can't get enough on his header to trouble David Button.

KICK-OFF

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

We are back under way at the Amex Stadium.

Brentford have work to do if they are to come away from Sussex with at least a point and regain the momentum to continue their bid for the play-offs.

However, the Bees have scored more goals away from home than any other team in the Championship this season.

Brighton, meanwhile, haven't won a game by more than a single-goal margin all season.

James Wilson is on to replace Bobby Zamora up front for Brighton.

'Don't panic!' Dad's Army stars v Lawro

Premier League predictions

Blake Harrison and Daniel Mays
BBC Sport

This is a bumper weekend of sport - the start of the Six Nations, the first weekend of the Super League season, as well as another round of Premier League action.

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

Lawro's opponents for the latest round of Premier League games are Blake Harrison and Daniel Mays, stars of the new Dad's Army film.

What results have they gone for? Find out here.

The news you may have missed...

Friday's football stories

Arsene Wenger
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Been out at work all day and not had a chance to catch up with Friday's big football stories? Here you go...

  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes extra television revenue for Premier League clubs will be used to buy players rather than cut ticket prices.  
  • Barnsley have given Bristol City permission to speak to Lee Johnson about the managerial vacancy at Ashton Gate.
  • Burnley manager Sean Dyche has agreed a new contract with the Clarets, who are third in the Championship table 
  • The Chinese transfer record has been broken for the third time in 10 days after Jiangsu Suning spent £38.4m on Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Alex Teixeira.

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Bob Wigin: Following the Brighton game from Cardiff. Seagulls!

Mel Fletcher: A Seagulls fan in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Andrew Dennett: Currently sitting in West Stand Lower at The Amex watching a sublime Knockaert performance!!

Wherever you are in the world, it's hard to argue against this man being the star player in the first half.

Anthony Knockaert
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HT: Brighton 2-0 Brentford

It's an excellent start from Brighton. They got the goals at the right times and they've kicked on. Sometimes you need to punish these teams.

Warren AspinallFormer Brighton striker, BBC Sussex

HALF-TIME

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

Shortly after Brighton striker Bobby Zamora failed to get on the end of a long ball forward, Keith Stroud blows his whistle and the teams head for the tunnel at the Amex.

Following those first-half goals from Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed, Brighton are on course for a third successive victory and are set to move up to third place in the Championship table.

Brighton 2-0 Brentford

We are into two added minutes of injury time at the Amex.

GOAL

Brighton 2-0 Brentford (Hemed)

Tomer Hemed
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Brighton have their second of the evening, and Tomer Hemed has ended his personal goal drought of 10 games.

Israel international Beram Kayal drifts past Josh McEachran with ease on the right flank and puts a cross into the box which finds his compatriot.

Hemed heads back across goal into the bottom corner from about eight yards out, with Bees keeper David Button rooted to the spot.

Brighton are very much in control.