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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Rotherham United

Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed has scored five goals for Brighton this season

Brighton extended their lead at the top of the Championship to five points with victory over bottom side Rotherham.

Israel international Tomer Hemed scored for the third successive Brighton game to give the hosts a 27th-minute lead.

The winless visitors improved after the break and Chris Maguire missed a good chance to level.

But Dale Stephens made it 2-0 with a crisp finish beyond Lee Camp before Jonson Clarke-Harris pulled one back with a header from a free-kick.

Brighton, who have scored first in each of their games this term, started brightly and Sam Baldock's volley flew over the bar before Jamie Murphy dragged a shot wide.

But Hemed gave the hosts a deserved lead with a neat finish from Murphy's low cross.

The Millers were given a great chance to equalise just after the restart but Maguire was unable to capitalise on some poor defending from the Seagulls.

The visitors could not make the most of their strong start to the second half and found themselves 2-0 down in the 67th minute when Stephens finished well after the ball broke into his path.

Substitute Clarke-Harris gave the Millers a glimmer of hope when he headed home Joe Newell's free-kick.

Bruno nearly made it 3-1 to Chris Hughton's side but Camp produced a fine save from his dipping volley as the hosts saw the game out.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "We could, and perhaps should, be winning games more convincingly. That is my only disappointment.

"At 2-0 up, we need to be managing the game better and need to be more clinical.

"We are now the only unbeaten side in the Championship and our points tally is brilliant."

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans: "What was critical from our point of view was when Matt Derbyshire missed an early header that would have put us in front.

"Chris Maguire also put a chance over just after the break so we did create things. I am not disappointed with the effort and commitment."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13StockdaleBooked at 90mins
  • 2Bruno
  • 3Greer
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 12Bong
  • 20MarchSubstituted forRoseniorat 89'minutes
  • 7Kayal
  • 6Stephens
  • 15Murphy
  • 10HemedSubstituted forInceat 80'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forZamoraat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 5Dunk
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 19Manu
  • 23Rosenior
  • 24Ince
  • 25Zamora

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 2Buxton
  • 20RawsonBooked at 16mins
  • 4Collins
  • 3Mattock
  • 7Maguire
  • 33SmallwoodSubstituted forHalfordat 79'minutes
  • 22Newell
  • 14WhiteSubstituted forWardat 45'minutes
  • 25Odjidja-Ofoe
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ward
  • 10Ledesma
  • 11Green
  • 15Halford
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 21Collin
  • 24Andreu
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
21,397

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  4. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Uwe Hünemeier (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Greg Halford (Rotherham United).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Greg Halford (Rotherham United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Rosenior replaces Solly March.

  12. Post update

    Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Rotherham United).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  15. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  18. Post update

    Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Beram Kayal.