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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Charlton Athletic

Brighton players celebrating

Brighton moved into the Championship play-offs with victory over Charlton.

Jesse Lingard's cool finish, his first home goal for the club, gave the Seagulls an 11th-minute lead, and Leonardo Ulloa doubled their advantage from close range on 43 minutes.

Jake Forster-Caskey's low shot sealed the win as Brighton climbed into sixth, ahead of Ipswich on goal difference.

The fourth defeat of Jose Riga's tenure as Charlton boss leaves his side a point clear of the relegation zone.

And they could have no complaints as the hosts deservedly swept them aside, keeping a 19th clean sheet in the league this season, the most in the Championship.

The Seagulls, who had lost their previous two home games, went in front when on-loan Manchester United forward Lingard skipped past Michael Morrison to score from the centre of the area after good work from Kazenga LuaLua.

LuaLua then forced Ben Hamer to race swiftly from his line, but the Charlton keeper claimed the ball at the winger's feet.

The visitors almost snatched an equaliser when a shot from Reza Ghoochannejhad deflected off Gordon Greer and came back off the bar.

But Ulloa doubled Brighton's lead with his 15th goal of the season after latching onto a short pass from Lingard.

The hosts continued to press after the break, with Hamer turning Lingard's goalbound shot round the post before the forward squandered an even better chance by shooting over.

Substitute Forster-Caskey sealed Brighton's comfortable win in the fourth minute of injury time, firing home following Stephen Ward's through-ball.

Brighton assistant manager Nathan Jones: "We came out of the traps very quickly in front of an outstanding crowd and getting the early goal was vital.

"In a few games, opposing teams have nicked goals at the Amex so it was pleasing to get a second. We look to play possession football and have a cutting edge.

Jones on the Seagulls' play-off prospects: "With four games to go, we are in a fantastic position."

Charlton head coach Jose Riga: "This was certainly not the Charlton we saw on Tuesday in our win against Yeovil.

"But I knew before the game that we have spent a lot of hours travelling this week and that it would be difficult.

"Yet I am not here to complain, I am just here to find a solution and we have to think that we are still able to find a way out of it."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 16Ankergren
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 27MarchBooked at 55minsSubstituted forCalderónat 89'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 19Ulloa
  • 35LingardSubstituted forRodríguez Sánchezat 90+2'minutes
  • 25Lua LuaBooked at 53minsSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 14Calderón
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 21López Moreno

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 39Poyet
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 8GhoochanneijhadSubstituted forSollyat 65'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 10Sordell
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forChurchat 81'minutes
  • 42AjdarevicSubstituted forHarriottat 45'minutesBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 9Church
  • 11Harriott
  • 15Wood
  • 20Solly
  • 21Thuram-Ulien
  • 35Pigott
  • 36Fox
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
28,770

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Charlton Athletic 0. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  5. Post update

    Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces Jesse Lingard.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Keith Andrews.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Solly March.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  12. Post update

    Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  14. Post update

    Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Simon Church replaces Johnnie Jackson because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  19. Post update

    Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester41278677423589
2Burnley422314566353183
3Derby422291175482775
4QPR4221101154391573
5Wigan4119101254401467
6Brighton4217131249371264
7Ipswich421713125547864
8Reading4117121262491363
9Bournemouth421711145958162
10Blackburn421515125956360
11Nottm Forest421417116258459
12Middlesbrough4214161254441058
13Watford4114151266501657
14Bolton421315145456-254
15Sheff Wed421214165555050
16Leeds42148205463-950
17Huddersfield421210205160-946
18Birmingham411110205363-1043
19Doncaster421110213864-2643
20Blackpool421012203561-2642
21Charlton401011193053-2341
22Millwall42913204272-3040
23Yeovil42812224267-2536
24Barnsley41812213867-2936
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