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Fulham 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

David Stockdale
David Stockdale's early penalty save proved crucial as Brighton went on to win their fifth successive game

Brighton came from a goal down to beat Fulham and go top of the Championship.

The Whites won a 15th-minute penalty when Bruno handled, but David Stockdale saved Stefan Johansen's spot-kick.

The hosts dominated the first half and were rewarded after the break as Lucas Piazon curled into the corner.

However, the game turned when Tomer Hemed levelled from the penalty spot after he was fouled, before Lewis Dunk was quickest to a loose ball to score Brighton's winner two minutes later.

The win for the visitors, coupled with Newcastle's surprising loss at Blackburn, sent the Seagulls two points clear at the top after they extended their unbeaten run to 18 league games.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic left striker Chris Martin out of his squad, with the forward linked with an early return to parent club Derby County from his season-long loan.

It did not seem to affect the hosts in the opening hour. They forced the early penalty and also had Matt Smith go close in the first half, before Piazon's opener soon after the break.

The Seagulls drew level when Ragnar Sigurdsson brought down Hemed in the box and the Israel striker scored his sixth goal of the season.

And before Fulham had time to gather themselves, Dunk was on hand to head in the rebound after Anthony Knockaert's effort had been saved.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"We probably didn't deserve the win but we showed enough.

"There were periods in the game where Fulham looked very good. It is very difficult when you are playing a team as expansive as these are. You have to make sure you don't allow them opportunities to play.

"We found it difficult but we came away with the best chance in the first half but we needed a goalkeeper who was very good today and sometimes those ingredients win you games."

"The challenge for the players is to stay at the top. We have stressed to the players the second half of the season will be harder because everyone is pushing harder, expectation levels rise and we have to manage that.

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2FredericksBooked at 90mins
  • 17Sigurdsson
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 14Johansen
  • 6McDonaldSubstituted forKebanoat 88'minutes
  • 24Aluko
  • 10Cairney
  • 20PiazonSubstituted forOdoiat 79'minutes
  • 9SmithBooked at 40minsSubstituted forHumphrysat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Parker
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 31Humphrys
  • 37Edun

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoBooked at 16mins
  • 22Duffy
  • 5DunkBooked at 90mins
  • 3Bong
  • 11KnockaertBooked at 71minsSubstituted forMurphyat 79'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 21Norwood
  • 8SkalakSubstituted forMarchat 66'minutes
  • 17Murray
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forHemedat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 10Hemed
  • 14Sidwell
  • 15Murphy
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 42Hunt
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
24,300

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

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

Attempt blocked. Denis Odoi (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bruno.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Kevin McDonald.

Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tomer Hemed.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bruno.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Solly March.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Lucas Piazon.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Humphrys.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bruno.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Sam Baldock.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gaëtan Bong tries a through ball, but Sam Baldock is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Stephen Humphrys replaces Matt Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Jiri Skalak.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bruno.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone.

goal

As It Stood

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2Newcastle25171748202852
3Reading2414463632446
4Huddersfield2514473028246
5Leeds25143834241045
6Sheff Wed2512672824442
7Derby2511772418640
8Barnsley2511594337638
9Norwich25114104137437
10Fulham2499641301136
11Preston2510693332136
12Aston Villa2581162624235
13Birmingham259883035-535
14Brentford2596103231133
15Ipswich2587102529-431
16Wolves2578103234-229
17QPR2585122436-1229
18Bristol City2583143335-227
19Cardiff2476112738-1127
20Nottm Forest2575133745-826
21Burton2567122634-825
22Blackburn2566132940-1124
23Wigan2547142031-1119
24Rotherham2534182555-3013
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