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Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 Leeds United

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Brighton celebrate
Brighton won 4-0 for the second Championship match in succession

Brighton took advantage of a first-half capitulation by Leeds United at the Amex Stadium to move just two points behind Championship leaders Burnley.

Tomer Hemed opened the scoring with a chipped penalty, the hosts' first goal of four inside the first 38 minutes.

An unfortunate own goal from Liam Cooper doubled Brighton's lead, before Hemed slotted in his second and Lewis Dunk headed in from a corner.

The defeat was Leeds' heaviest since Steve Evans took charge in October.

Evans was told not to speak to the media after the match by chairman Massimo Cellino, who left the ground at half-time.

Assistant boss Paul Raynor carried out the club's post-match television obligation but did not speak to the rest of the media, including BBC Radio Leeds reporter Adam Pope.

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A slightly improved second-half display, albeit with Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale rarely called into action, did little to cheer the 1,522 travelling fans - many of whom had made a 520-mile round trip to Sussex.

The two teams appeared evenly matched until Leeds full-back Scott Wootton was adjudged to have fouled Liam Rosenior in the penalty area, and Israel international Hemed cheekily beat goalkeeper Marco Silvestri from 12 yards.

After that setback, Cooper's deflection took Sam Baldock's toe-poked effort into the net and the visitors fell apart defensively and were out of the contest by half-time.

Brighton began the match with an inferior goal difference compared to many of their promotion rivals, but were unable to stretch their lead further in the second period.

The Seagulls remain fourth in the table despite a second consecutive 4-0 victory, but they are now just a point behind second-placed Hull and have an 11-point cushion to Cardiff in seventh.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Sussex:

"It was a very complete performance. At the moment we look like we can score goals, but in the last two games we've kept two clean sheets.

"It's been a very good reaction to a disappointing defeat at Cardiff.

"We're a side that generally haven't been big goalscorers this season. We threatened in the first part of the season, when I thought some of our play was really good, but we didn't have the goals to show for it. At the moment, we do."

Leeds assistant coach Paul Raynor told Sky Sports:

"The first-half performance was shambolic. Our defending was atrocious and the manager is going to dissect it with the players.

"We only had 15 minutes at half-time to try to put a shape together and to show a bit of pride and commitment and heart out there and I felt we did that in the second half.

"But the first half was absolutely shambolic and it simply was not good enough.

"We can't worry about the chairman. If I was him I would have gone as well to be fair, because he doesn't want to see his football club playing like that and I don't blame him for that."

Steve Evans
Steve Evans' Leeds are 17th in the Championship, nine points above the relegation zone

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17GoldsonBooked at 60mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 23RoseniorBooked at 7mins
  • 27Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 7KayalSubstituted forSidwellat 78'minutes
  • 15Murphy
  • 10HemedSubstituted forWilsonat 77'minutes
  • 9BaldockBooked at 34minsSubstituted forSkalakat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 3Greer
  • 14Calderon
  • 21Wilson
  • 25Zamora
  • 36Sidwell
  • 38Skalak

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4WoottonSubstituted forCarayolat 45'minutes
  • 3Bamba
  • 6CooperBooked at 68mins
  • 21TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 16DiagouragaSubstituted forMurphyat 84'minutes
  • 31CoyleBooked at 57mins
  • 23L Cook
  • 10MowattBooked at 33mins
  • 11DoukaraSubstituted forErwinat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Antenucci
  • 8Murphy
  • 18Carayol
  • 19Erwin
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 28Berardi
  • 45Peacock-Farrell
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
25,150

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Leeds United 0.

  3. Booking

    Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Taylor (Leeds United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lee Erwin (Leeds United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Lee Erwin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Luke Murphy replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Beram Kayal.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. James Wilson replaces Tomer Hemed.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Lee Erwin replaces Souleymane Doukara.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Sol Bamba tries a through ball, but Souleymane Doukara is caught offside.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jiri Skalak replaces Sam Baldock.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley341811553272665
2Hull33197748192964
3Middlesbrough32197644172764
4Brighton341712549341563
5Derby341512745301557
6Sheff Wed341413750351555
7Cardiff34131384538752
8Birmingham33149103932751
9Ipswich33149104140151
10Preston341212103332148
11QPR341014104140144
12Reading331110123836243
13Wolves341110134247-543
14Brentford34127154753-643
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
16Huddersfield34109154446-239
17Leeds33814113039-938
18Blackburn32813113130137
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
20Fulham34812145156-536
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
22Rotherham3485213859-2129
23Bolton34413173256-2425
24Charlton34510193065-3525
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