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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Brentford

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Anthony Knockaert
Anthony Knockaert won promotion to the Premier League with Leicester in 2014

French midfielder Anthony Knockaert scored his first goal for Brighton as the Seagulls beat mid-table Brentford to go third in the Championship table.

Chris Hughton's side are two points behind second-placed Middlesbrough.

Knockaert, who joined the Sussex club from Standard Liege in January, beat David Button with an angled shot.

Tomer Hemed expertly headed in Beram Kayal's right-wing cross, his first goal since 5 December, before Jamie Murphy added a third in stoppage time.

Brighton's 3-0 win over Brentford as it happened

Bruno also had a first-half shot deflected onto the crossbar by Brentford centre-back Harlee Dean, as Brighton strolled towards a third successive win.

At the other end, with the score at 0-0, goalkeeper David Stockdale made a flying save to keep out Alan Judge's powerful first-time shot.

Knockaert set up both goals in a 2-1 win over Huddersfield on his home debut 13 days earlier and he was in fine form once more against the Bees, although he should have opened the scoring inside the second minute but poked wide from eight yards.

Israel striker Hemed had started the season with five goals in his nine appearances for Brighton but, like his team-mates, had struggled for goals during a seven-match winless run in the league over the festive period.

That dip in form appears to be at an end, with Murphy's late goal on the counter-attack sealing Brighton's biggest win of the season.

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13StockdaleBooked at 36mins
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Ridgewell
  • 27Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 7KayalSubstituted forSidwellat 78'minutes
  • 15Murphy
  • 10HemedSubstituted forCroftsat 69'minutes
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forWilsonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Crofts
  • 14Calderon
  • 16Ankergren
  • 21Wilson
  • 29Towell
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 36Sidwell

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 29Barbet
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15WoodsBooked at 42mins
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forMacLeodat 82'minutes
  • 7SaundersSubstituted forCanosat 60'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19Swift
  • 21VibeSubstituted forDjuricinat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 8Djuricin
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 22O'Connell
  • 28Yennaris
  • 47Canos
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
24,096

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Brentford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Brentford 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Brentford 0. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Crofts with a through ball.

  4. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Josh McEachran because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Josh McEachran (Brentford) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Beram Kayal because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Brighton29141143728953
4Burnley291410547262152
5Derby291311539251450
6Ipswich2913973936348
7Sheff Wed291211643321147
8Birmingham2913883728947
9Cardiff29111173833544
10Brentford30117124244-240
11Nottm Forest2991283025539
12Wolves29109103940-139
13QPR2981293535036
14Preston2981292527-236
15Leeds2981292933-436
16Reading2998123333035
17Huddersfield2988133942-332
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2974183553-1825
22Bristol City29510142447-2325
23Charlton2959152655-2924
24Bolton29312142648-2221
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