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Brighton & Hove Albion 5-0 Fulham

Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed has scored 16 goals in 40 Championship appearances this season

Tomer Hemed scored a hat-trick as Brighton breezed past Fulham to move into the Championship automatic promotion places ahead of Burnley.

The 28-year-old converted from the penalty spot at the Amex Stadium before doubling the hosts' lead by heading in Anthony Knockaert's cross.

Defender Bruno slammed home before Israeli striker Hemed tapped in and Knockaert fired past Marcus Bettinelli.

Brighton moved into second in the table, one point behind Middlesbrough.

Chris Hughton's side are now one point above Burnley, who travel to Birmingham City on Saturday.

He will have been pleased with the way his side dominated after making a slow start against a team that had won their previous three matches.

Once Hemed scored from the spot in the 29th minute, then doubled Brighton's lead five minutes later, Brighton took complete control.

They entertain QPR on Tuesday, while Fulham - for whom this was their worst defeat of the season - travel to play-off outsiders Ipswich Town.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Sussex:

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Hughton on Brighton v Fulham

"We probably after the first half performance came in leading 2-0 where we possibly didn't deserve it.

"But, that's what we've got at the moment. We can get goals and get them in different ways.

"Certainly we were a lot better in the second half and I think made it exciting to watch for the supporters.

"At this stage of the season, the pressure is very much on all of us (at the top end of the table). We're all used to either playing early or late and they're just the things you have to cope with."

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic:

"If we want to be competitive next season, we must not concede so many goals.

"We have four games left this season and we are not completely safe so, after three successive wins, we have paid a very high and very expensive price for our defending.

"It was the 11th penalty we have conceded this season and it was a complete disaster. I don't know if it was a penalty, but we should not give the referee the dilemma.

"We opened all the doors for Brighton after a beginning to the match when we stuck to the game plan."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 23Rosenior
  • 27Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 38SkalakSubstituted forLua Luaat 81'minutes
  • 10HemedBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSidwellat 81'minutes
  • 21WilsonSubstituted forMurphyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 3Greer
  • 9Baldock
  • 12Bong
  • 15Murphy
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 36Sidwell

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 7FredericksBooked at 47mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 45AmorebietaSubstituted forWoodrowat 75'minutes
  • 13Ream
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forChristensenat 58'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 23O'HaraBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBairdat 64'minutes
  • 28Hyndman
  • 44McCormack
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 2Richards
  • 3Garbutt
  • 9Smith
  • 16Woodrow
  • 21Christensen
  • 22Baird
  • 24Lonergan
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
28,505

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Fulham 0.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Goldson.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 5, Fulham 0. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Attempt blocked. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris Baird.

Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces James Wilson.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Jiri Skalak.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Tomer Hemed.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Fulham 0. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Fernando Amorebieta.

Attempt missed. James Wilson (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Booking

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

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

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emerson Hyndman with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Wilson.

Attempt saved. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe with a cross.

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Chris Baird replaces Jamie O'Hara.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara following a set piece situation.

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough41257957263182
2Brighton422215563392481
3Burnley412214564333180
4Hull4121101058302873
5Derby411913960382270
6Sheff Wed411814960411968
7Cardiff411615105244863
8Ipswich411612134747060
9Birmingham411611144641559
10Preston411414133939056
11QPR411316125248455
12Wolves421314154954-553
13Brentford40157185761-452
14Reading411312164648-251
15Leeds411215144150-951
16Blackburn411114163940-147
17Fulham421114176372-947
18Bristol City411211184564-1947
19Huddersfield411210195459-546
20Nottm Forest411113173643-746
21Rotherham41137215164-1346
22MK Dons41910223459-2537
23Charlton41812213772-3536
24Bolton41414233876-3826
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