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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.

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Philip Billing replaces Jamie Paterson.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Dismissal

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Dean Whitehead replaces Jason Davidson.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Karim Matmour (Huddersfield Town).

  20. Post update

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