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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Huddersfield Town

Brighton striker Bobby Zamora
Bobby Zamora has scored seven goals for Brighton this season

Brighton moved up to third in the Championship by beating 10-man Huddersfield, whose five-game unbeaten run in the league came to an end.

Anthony Knockaert set up both goals for the hosts, firstly teeing up Bobby Zamora to send a first-time finish past Town goalkeeper Jed Steer.

Harry Bunn equalised, nodding in Tommy Smith's centre before half-time.

Knockaert crossed for sub James Wilson to head Brighton's winner, before Smith was sent off for two yellow cards.

Former Leicester midfielder Knockaert also hit the post in an excellent personal display which set up a second successive league win for Chris Hughton's side.

With Burnley and Derby facing each other on Monday, Albion took the chance to move up a couple of places in the table, while they are only five points behind second-placed Middlesbrough.

Zamora, who had ended Brighton's six-game goal drought in the 1-0 win at Blackburn seven days earlier, found the net for the second game in a row.

The 35-year-old cleared a corner from inside his own six-yard box and was on hand to meet Knockaert's pass after a swift counter-attack.

Brighton once again failed to keep a clean sheet at home - they have not done so since a 0-0 draw with Preston on 24 October - but it proved academic as Wilson scored the third goal of his loan spell from Manchester United.

Huddersfield's recent momentum was halted by their defeat in Sussex, but the Terriers remain eight points above the bottom three.

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Hughton on Brighton v Huddersfield

Brighton manager Chris Hughton on James Wilson: "The intention is to give him valuable experience and be regularly involved in games. It will toughen him up physically.

"He knows what the Championship is all about now and that is valuable experience for him.

"Ultimately, he'll be sent back after half a season's experience at this level. He scored a really good goal, he's having the benefit of hard-fought and aggressive games, and at the minute it is working out very well."

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner: "I think in the most part of the game we did quite well. If we had got something from the game it wouldn't have been unfair.

"I think it was important not to make early mistakes and unfortunately for us we did.

"In the second half there was nothing much between the sides but at 2-1 down we didn't create enough chances."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Ridgewell
  • 27Knockaert
  • 6StephensSubstituted forCroftsat 45'minutes
  • 7KayalBooked at 25mins
  • 15Murphy
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forWilsonat 58'minutes
  • 10HemedSubstituted forLua Luaat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Crofts
  • 14Calderon
  • 19Manu
  • 21Wilson
  • 29Towell
  • 30Lua Lua

Huddersfield

  • 1Steer
  • 2SmithBooked at 84mins
  • 5HudsonBooked at 2mins
  • 33LynchBooked at 57mins
  • 3DavidsonSubstituted forWhiteheadat 83'minutes
  • 14CranieBooked at 66mins
  • 16HuwsSubstituted forMatmourat 45'minutes
  • 17Bunn
  • 8PatersonSubstituted forBillingat 87'minutes
  • 18Lolley
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 10Matmour
  • 13Murphy
  • 15Husband
  • 19Holmes
  • 29Billing
  • 36Bojaj
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
25,367

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Karim Matmour tries a through ball, but Joel Lynch is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Hand ball by James Wilson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Philip Billing replaces Jamie Paterson.

Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Dean Whitehead replaces Jason Davidson.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Martin Cranie tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Foul by Karim Matmour (Huddersfield Town).

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

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Ridgewell tries a through ball, but Kazenga Lua Lua is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

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

Karim Matmour (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Huddersfield Town 1. James Wilson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

Booking

Martin Cranie (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martin Cranie (Huddersfield Town).

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Tomer Hemed.

Substitution

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

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Brighton28131143428650
4Derby271310438211749
5Burnley27139542241848
6Sheff Wed281210642311146
7Birmingham2813783728946
8Ipswich2812973735245
9Cardiff28101173531441
10Brentford28116114140139
11Nottm Forest2891183025538
12Wolves28108103738-138
13Reading2898113231135
14QPR2881193535035
15Preston2881192527-235
16Leeds2881192832-435
17Huddersfield2888123739-232
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2874173449-1525
22Bristol City2859142447-2324
23Charlton2849152254-3221
24Bolton28311142446-2220
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