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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Doncaster Rovers

Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa heads in his side's winner against Doncaster

Leonardo Ulloa scored the winner as Brighton kept up their play-off push with victory over struggling Doncaster.

Billy Sharp missed Rovers' best chance when he headed wide from six yards 10 minutes after the break.

And Ulloa punished that miss on 75 minutes as he met Stephen Ward's cross from the left with a firm header to break the visitors' resistance.

Striker Sharp compounded his side's misery when he was sent off late on after tangling with Gordon Greer.

The result left the Seagulls four points from the play-off positions as they extended their unbeaten run at home to six matches.

Doncaster, who are five points above the relegation zone, proved a stubborn obstacle but remain without an away win in the league since September.

Argentine Ulloa gave warning of his aerial threat when he headed a Ward cross wide from 10 yards.

Sharp then went close to breaking the deadlock for the away side, only to nod wide from James Coppinger's cross.

Ulloa had a 20-yard curling strike kept out by keeper Sam Johnstone and Solly March's close-range effort was blocked by James Husband as Brighton pressed.

And they eventually broke through when Ulloa converted from Ward's cross, with Sharp sent off four minutes from time after clashing with Greer.

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"We started really well but when you (miss) a lot of chances you can lose your confidence. We kept playing well and creating chances and finally Leonardo Ulloa took his chance well.

"[Speculation] doesn't affect the players because they know I am with Brighton. They are not new to football. They know how it works, that managers can be sacked at any time.

"So I don't think they will spend any second of their lives thinking about it at all. The players are happy and they know we have a massive game on Tuesday."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"We feel a bit unlucky. We were outstanding today. We knew they are a top team and we almost weathered the storm and got something from the game.

"In the second half we caused them some problems. We created more clear-cut chances throughout the game, so we feel that we've been done hard by.

"We've been on a good run lately and I'd like to think anyone that saw us would think that we can compete at this level.

"We're not stupid enough to dismiss the threat of trouble but we have a good chance of getting out of it."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 38Ince
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 6Stephens
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forLua Luaat 62'minutes
  • 19UlloaBooked at 80mins
  • 9Rodríguez SánchezSubstituted forObikaat 89'minutes
  • 27MarchSubstituted forLópez Morenoat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 10Agustien
  • 14Calderón
  • 21López Moreno
  • 22Obika
  • 25Lua Lua

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 17TamasSubstituted forQuinnat 45'minutes
  • 3HusbandBooked at 63mins
  • 18Keegan
  • 20MéitéBooked at 44mins
  • 14KhumaloBooked at 90mins
  • 7DuffySubstituted forCotterillat 76'minutes
  • 4Furman
  • 10SharpBooked at 86mins
  • 9BrownBooked at 39mins
  • 26Coppinger

Substitutes

  • 2Quinn
  • 11Cotterill
  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 30Peterson
  • 31Stevens
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
27,009

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by James Coppinger.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Jonathan Obika (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  5. Booking

    Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

  9. Post update

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jonathan Obika replaces David Rodríguez.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Keegan.

  14. Dismissal

    Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the red card for fighting.

  15. Post update

    Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers).

  17. Post update

    David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Foul by David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  20. Post update

    James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester30214554302467
2Burnley291511345242156
3QPR28168436201656
4Derby29157757401752
5Nottm Forest291312447301751
6Reading30138947351247
7Ipswich30111184334944
8Brighton29111083125643
9Blackburn30111093735243
10Leeds29126114338542
11Wigan28117103028240
12Middlesbrough3091294135639
13Huddersfield29107123838037
14Watford2881194237535
15Bournemouth2998123649-1335
16Blackpool30810122842-1434
17Sheff Wed2871293634233
18Birmingham2989123637-133
19Bolton29611123447-1329
20Doncaster3078152645-1929
21Millwall2968152957-2826
22Charlton2859142338-1524
23Barnsley28410142747-2022
24Yeovil2855182546-2120
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