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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Leeds United

Brighton celebrate goal against Leeds
Brighton have kept 13 clean sheets in 20 league games this season

Brighton moved top of the Championship and extended their unbeaten league run to 14 games with a win against 10-man Leeds United at the Amex Stadium.

Glenn Murray put the Seagulls in front from the penalty spot after Kalvin Phillips was sent off for handling on the line midway through the first half.

Despite dominating, the hosts only sealed victory with Tomer Hemed's late penalty after Lewis Dunk was fouled.

Leeds defended resolutely but rarely troubled the division's best defence.

Brighton, who go two points ahead of second-placed Newcastle, were top of the table at the same stage last season following a 21-game unbeaten run at the start of the campaign.

The Seagulls eventually missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League, finishing third on goal difference behind Middlesbrough and champions Burnley.

However, Chris Hughton's men are now eight points clear of Reading in third, and three of their remaining four league games this month are against teams in the lower half of the division.

Their task against Leeds became easier when midfielder Phillips blocked Dunk's goalbound effort with his arm and Murray stepped up to smash home his 12th league goal of the season - all of which have come at home.

The striker, on loan from Bournemouth, had more opportunities in a one-sided first half, heading just wide and seeing his looping effort tipped over by visiting goalkeeper Rob Green.

Brighton were made to wait until the 83rd minute to add to their tally when Kyle Bartley tangled with fellow defender Dunk in the area - Israel striker Hemed sending Green the wrong way from the spot.

Fourth-placed Leeds had won five of their previous six Championship games before their visit to the south coast, but could drop out of the play-offs if results go against them on Saturday.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"I am delighted with the result and the performance.

"The only negative was that there was too big a gap between the first goal and the second. Anything can happen and in that period we didn't create more opportunities.

"In the last four or five games we have not been at our best but we have kept picking up results."

Leeds boss Garry Monk:

"I'm frustrated. Brighton are a very good side but had we kept 11 men on the pitch it could have been different.

"Brighton deserved to win, but we didn't do ourselves justice.

"It was a tough night and we didn't make it easy for ourselves."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton
Brighton lost to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs last season after leading the Championship for half the campaign

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Saltor Grau
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forSkalakat 87'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 21Norwood
  • 15MurphySubstituted forMarchat 66'minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 26minsSubstituted forHemedat 78'minutes
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Skalak
  • 10Hemed
  • 14Sidwell
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 42Hunt

Leeds

  • 1Green
  • 2AylingBooked at 11mins
  • 5BartleyBooked at 81mins
  • 18JanssonBooked at 19minsSubstituted forCooperat 88'minutes
  • 21Taylor
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 23mins
  • 25Vieira
  • 24SackoSubstituted forGrimesat 45'minutes
  • 7Roofe
  • 11DoukaraSubstituted forDallasat 71'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 6Cooper
  • 10Antonsson
  • 12Silvestri
  • 15Dallas
  • 16Grimes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 28Berardi
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
28,206

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home18
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Leeds United 0.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leeds United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Liam Cooper replaces Pontus Jansson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jiri Skalak replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Delay in match Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Leeds United 0. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Glenn Murray.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

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

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Souleymane Doukara.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Shane Duffy is caught offside.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Jamie Murphy because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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2Newcastle19131537162140
3Reading1910452524134
4Leeds2010282322132
5Birmingham198742422231
6Sheff Wed199462221131
7Norwich199373430430
8Huddersfield199372124-330
9Derby198561713429
10Fulham197753021928
11Bristol City198382622427
12Barnsley197483229325
13Nottm Forest197483433125
14Preston197482423125
15Aston Villa1951042120125
16Ipswich196671719-224
17QPR196582028-823
18Brentford196492426-222
19Burton195772125-422
20Wolves195682124-321
21Blackburn195592128-720
22Cardiff1954101830-1219
23Wigan194691621-518
24Rotherham1914141945-267
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