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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bobby Zamora
Bobby Zamora has scored six league goals for Brighton this season

Bobby Zamora scored on his 35th birthday to give Brighton victory at Blackburn Rovers and their first Championship win in eight games.

Zamora tapped the visitors into a third-minute lead at Ewood Park after Jamie Murphy's shot hit the post.

Shortly after the break, Blackburn's Ben Marshall curled a free-kick against the inside of the upright.

Anthony Knockaert also struck the woodwork for the Seagulls as they won for the first time since 5 December.

The win moved Brighton back into the play-off places after they had slipped to seventh following Sheffield Wednesday's victory over Leeds in the lunchtime kick-off.

Zamora's strike halted a dramatic decline for Albion who, after going unbeaten for the opening 21 matches of the season, had not won since beating Charlton six weeks ago and had gone five league games without a goal.

The big striker was instrumental throughout a wintry afternoon in the north west, seeing another shot saved by Jason Steele and lifting the ball just wide of Steele's right-hand post.

Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes, who had scored three goals in his last three home games against Brighton, failed to make an impact as his best effort struck the side netting.

Rovers are now without a win in six games and remain 18th, while Brighton move up to fifth.

Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Lambert:

"When a goal goes in against us, it rocks us a bit and it shouldn't because we have so much time to retrieve the situation.

"First half we started okay and with their first attack they scored. For 20 minutes after that we played too slow, passing the ball backwards and I don't want to see that type of football. I want to go forward. Second half was more up and at them.

"For this club to improve and to have any chance, we have to be a lot better as a group and a team."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

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Hughton on Blackburn v Brighton

"It's a big win for us today and we needed it, probably on the back of our most disappointing result against Rotherham.

"Apart from that, I can't fault the players' application. Some of the games we've lost, I didn't think we deserved to lose. But that's the Championship.

"What we did see is a really good reaction from Tuesday night."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 5Hanley
  • 4KilgallonBooked at 33mins
  • 3SpurrBooked at 90mins
  • 31BennettSubstituted forLawrenceat 62'minutes
  • 26LenihanSubstituted forJacksonat 80'minutes
  • 21Akpan
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forHenleyat 73'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 9Brown

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 14Olsson
  • 16Lawrence
  • 17Williamson
  • 29Evans
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 33RidgewellBooked at 57mins
  • 27KnockaertSubstituted forCalderonat 86'minutes
  • 7Kayal
  • 6Stephens
  • 15MurphySubstituted forCroftsat 90+1'minutes
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forWilsonat 73'minutes
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Crofts
  • 14Calderon
  • 19Manu
  • 21Wilson
  • 29Towell
  • 30Lua Lua
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
12,930

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Booking

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrew Crofts replaces Jamie Murphy.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Simeon Jackson replaces Darragh Lenihan.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross following a set piece situation.

Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Ridgewell.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Henley replaces Craig Conway.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. James Wilson replaces Bobby Zamora.

Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

Liam Ridgewell (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Lawrence replaces Elliott Bennett.

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Liam Ridgewell with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Liam Ridgewell (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

goal

As It Stood

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2Hull27165644182653
3Derby271310438211749
4Burnley27139542241848
5Brighton27121143227547
6Sheff Wed27129641301145
7Ipswich2712963732545
8Birmingham2712783428643
9Cardiff27101073329440
10Wolves27107103637-137
11Brentford27106113839-136
12Nottm Forest2781182925435
13Preston2781182424035
14Reading2797113130134
15QPR2781093434034
16Huddersfield2788113637-132
17Leeds2771192732-532
18Blackburn2661192323029
19Fulham27610114347-428
20MK Dons2775152238-1626
21Rotherham2773173247-1524
22Bristol City2759132446-2224
23Charlton2748152153-3220
24Bolton27211142145-2417
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