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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Brentford

Andre Gray
Gray has scored 11 goals in 28 appearances for Brentford since joining from Luton Town last summer.

Andre Gray scored his 10th league goal of the season to give Brentford victory over 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Bees went ahead just before the half-hour mark when Gray's left-footed shot deflected over David Stockdale.

Brighton had Lewis Dunk sent off after the break, when he picked up a second booking for shoving Jota to the ground.

Brentford keeper David Button saved from Adrian Colunga and blocked Danny Holla's stoppage time effort to deny the Seagulls an equaliser.

The west London club dominated possession in the early stages but Brighton, who beat the Bees in the FA Cup third round earlier this month, had the first clear-cut chances of the game.

Inigo Calderon and Solly March both tested Button before the visitors took the lead with their first meaningful attack.

Stuart Dallas broke down the left past Gordon Greer and found Gray, whose shot took a huge deflection off Dunk and looped over helpless keeper Stockdale.

Relentless Brentford
Brentford have yet to drop a point from leading positions this season, winning all 14 games in which they have gone ahead.
The Bees have also found the back of the net in each of their last 13 league games - the current longest scoring streak in the Championship.

Former Luton striker Gray had a chance to double Brentford's lead five minutes later, but placed his header from Jake Bidwell's cross just wide of the post.

After the break, Seagulls forward Craig Mackail-Smith spurned an opportunity to end his goal drought, which stretches back to September, directing his volley straight at Button.

Brighton, who have won just two league games at the Amex Stadium this season, then had Dunk dismissed on the hour mark.

The centre-back, booked for a foul on Alex Pritchard in first-half stoppage time, was given his marching orders by referee Andy Davies following a tussle with Jota.

Pritchard and Jonathan Douglas had chances to extend Brentford's lead but were denied by Stockdale, while Button parried away Colunga's effort.

Jon Toral missed a simple chance to make it 2-0 late on, allowing Stockdale to smother the ball with the goal gaping.

Button then saved Holla's late effort as Chris Hughton lost his first game since his appointment as Brighton manager on New Year's Eve.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "I'm learning more with every week and every game.

"I knew that we've got a good group of players and my responsibility is to get this team as strong as possible.

"Generally, home form is an indicator for the league position and we must make this a tough place. We need to do something about our form at home."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton: "To come to Brighton and get three points is very pleasing but it's not always about grinding out a result.

"Had we taken our chances it would have been a more comprehensive result. It looked a hard-earned victory, so we have to be more clinical.

"I have enormous respect for Brighton and Chris Hughton, but we didn't take our chances and getting two or three more goals would have given us more belief."

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Calderon
  • 3Greer
  • 5DunkBooked at 61mins
  • 30Bennett
  • 22Holla
  • 24Ince
  • 27MarchSubstituted forO'Gradyat 72'minutes
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forColungaat 57'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forHalfordat 62'minutes
  • 12Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 4Hughes
  • 7Colunga
  • 11O'Grady
  • 17Vilaca Teixeira
  • 31Walton
  • 33Halford

Brentford

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 27ButtonBooked at 90mins
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 23JotaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forToralat 74'minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forSaundersat 89'minutes
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 15DallasSubstituted forSmithat 78'minutes
  • 19Gray

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 7Saunders
  • 14Tebar
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 28Yennaris
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
27,186

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Holla (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Holla (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Halford.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gordon Greer.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sam Saunders (Brentford).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Sam Saunders (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  10. Booking

    David Button (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

  12. Post update

    Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Greg Halford tries a through ball, but Craig Mackail-Smith is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Alex Pritchard.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Douglas.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rohan Ince.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

  19. Post update

    Adrián Colunga (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Dangerous play by Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford).

As It Stood

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2Ipswich26148444242050
3Derby26146648252348
4Middlesbrough26138540172347
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2681083536-134
13Cardiff2697103538-334
14Bolton2696112933-433
15Fulham2694133745-831
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton26511102733-626
20Leeds2668122738-1126
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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