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Fulham 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Adrian Colunga
Adrian Colunga joined Brighton from Spanish side Getafe last summer

Second-half goals from Adrian Colunga and Solly March gave Brighton their first win in eight games to lift them out of the Championship drop zone.

It was also a first victory under caretaker manager Nathan Jones in his second game in charge as Fulham lost for the second time in four days.

Colunga put Brighton ahead with a 60th-minute penalty after Elliott Bennett was fouled by Kostas Stafylidis.

Substitute March then sealed the points late on with his first league goal.

The Seagulls, looking for a new boss following Sami Hyypia's departure a week ago, picked up only their second win in 20 league matches and it was only their second away victory of the campaign.

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Symons on Fulham v Brighton

Fulham, who have improved after a terrible start to the season since they gave caretaker Kit Symons the permanent manager's job, showed little of their recent spark with the visitors running out deserved winners.

The Londoners did not trouble their former goalkeeper David Stockdale in the first half, while Brighton went close through Danny Holla and Lewis Dunk.

They did break the deadlock after Bennett - one of four Albion players whose loan spells ended after the game - was brought down in the area by Stafylidis. Colunga stepped up to calmly to convert for his fourth goal of the season.

Stockdale brilliantly kept out Sean Kavanagh's curler before substitute March latched on to Joao Teixeira's through-ball and clipped it into the net.

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"It was very disappointing, we never really got going. It took them to score to spur us into life but we just weren't good enough.

"The quality wasn't there. There are no excuses really and not too many positives to take."

Brighton caretaker manager Nathan Jones:

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Jones on Fulham v Brighton

"I have a taste for football. I love my job, I love working for this club. I have confidence in what I do.

"I'm proud to have the opportunity to prepare the team for two games, having played for the club I never would have dreamt of doing that and I'm very proud.

"But I don't know if I will be in charge next weekend. Tomorrow will be another day, things may have developed by then."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 37Grimmer
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Bodurov
  • 3StafylidisSubstituted forRobertsat 88'minutes
  • 8Parker
  • 28HyndmanSubstituted forKavanaghat 64'minutes
  • 12Fofana
  • 44McCormackBooked at 84mins
  • 27WilliamsSubstituted forWoodrowat 63'minutes
  • 20Rodallega

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 25Dembele
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 33Burn

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Calderon
  • 33HalfordBooked at 29mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 22Holla
  • 24Ince
  • 7Colunga
  • 17Vilaca TeixeiraSubstituted forHughesat 89'minutes
  • 32BennettSubstituted forO'Gradyat 80'minutes
  • 12Mackail-SmithSubstituted forMarchat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 9Baldock
  • 11O'Grady
  • 15Chicksen
  • 20McCourt
  • 27March
  • 31Walton
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
20,619

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away21
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Attempt missed. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Grimmer.

Attempt blocked. Adrián Colunga (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Aaron Hughes replaces João Teixeira.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Teixeira.

Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).

Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Ross McCormack (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Holla.

Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Hand ball by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Chris O'Grady replaces Elliott Bennett because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Attempt saved. João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Craig Mackail-Smith.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Attempt missed. Seko Fofana (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Dangerous play by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Sean Kavanagh replaces Emerson Hyndman.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces George Williams.

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 29th December 2014

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth24146454252948
2Ipswich23128338221644
3Middlesbrough24127538172143
4Derby23126544232142
5Watford24125743261741
6Brentford2412484035540
7Norwich24107744291537
8Wolves2410772833-537
9Blackburn249873533235
10Nottm Forest2471073333031
11Charlton2361342425-131
12Cardiff248793235-331
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Birmingham248792737-1031
15Bolton2485112631-529
16Reading2485113040-1029
17Fulham2484123543-828
18Huddersfield2477103142-1128
19Rotherham2451182130-926
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Brighton2441192632-623
22Millwall2458112440-1623
23Wigan2348112430-620
24Blackpool2428141841-2314
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