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BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion1WiganWigan Athletic0

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Gary Gardner
Gary Gardner joined Brighton on a loan deal from Aston Villa in August

A first-minute Gary Gardner strike gave Brighton victory over Wigan to ease the pressure on manager Sami Hyypia.

The Seagulls' quick start proved enough to earn them a first Championship win in 12 games dating back to August.

Defeat for fellow strugglers Wigan leaves them just a point above the drop zone, level on 16 points with Brighton.

Hyypia handed a start to loan signing Elliott Bennett, and his pass released Sam Baldock to cross for Gardner to open the scoring after 54 seconds.

Gardner's first goal since joining on loan from Aston Villa was almost added to when former Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua set up Joao Teixeira, but his powerful shot came back off the crossbar.

Latics' slide continues
Wigan's defeat means they have now won just one of their past 11 league matches since back-to-back victories over Blackpool and Birmingham City in late August.

Wigan threatened when Roger Espinoza crossed and Martyn Waghorn put a glancing header wide of the left-hand post of Christian Walton, who was making his home debut with the Seagulls unable to field Ali Al-Habsi against his parent club.

Wigan goalkeeper Scott Carson made a straightforward save to take a header from Bennett before Walton held a 20-yard free-kick by James Tavernier.

Walton again came to Brighton's rescue by saving a low shot from Waghorn before parrying a goalbound drive by Adam Forshaw.

Waghorn threatened again by getting in between Albion's two centre-halves but his left-foot shot was well saved by the impressive Walton.

Greg Halford, signed on loan from Nottingham Forest, came on for his Seagulls debut in the closing stages after Bennett was forced off after taking a blow to the calf.

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia:

"It's a great feeling to win the game. It was very important to win in this situation and the team showed a lot of character.

"It's a big relief to get the win; I just concentrate on my job and work with the pressures. I do what I believe.

"I make my own pressures as for outside pressures, I don't really care."

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"We just need to be scoring goals. After a game like that, I don't look at the table.

"We can't do more than dominate a game and I don't know what to say after we dominated a game like that.

"The first 10 minutes were not good. We can't retain possession like we did. But apart from that we did everything right."

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Walton
  • 14Calderon
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 19Gardner
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 32BennettSubstituted forHalfordat 89'minutes
  • 17Vilaca TeixeiraSubstituted forInceat 70'minutes
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Colunga
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 16Ankergren
  • 20McCourt
  • 22Holla
  • 24Ince
  • 33Halford

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Carson
  • 2Tavernier
  • 30Kiernan
  • 31Figueroa
  • 24Perch
  • 19CowieSubstituted forRiera Magemat 75'minutes
  • 29ForshawBooked at 70minsSubstituted forMcCannat 84'minutes
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forMcManamanat 68'minutes
  • 10Maloney
  • 18Espinoza
  • 33WaghornBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 7McCann
  • 8Watson
  • 9Riera Magem
  • 13Nicholls
  • 15McManaman
  • 36Kvist
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
23,044

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Roger Espinoza.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  5. Post update

    Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  7. Post update

    Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gary Gardner (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Greg Halford replaces Elliott Bennett because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Elliott Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oriol Riera (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

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    Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.