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Preston North End 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Paul Huntington
Paul Huntington's goal was his first for Preston since a 4-0 League One win at Oldham in February 2015

Brighton fell to their first loss since September and slipped to second in the Championship with defeat at Preston.

Paul Huntington gave Preston the lead when he headed in Paul Gallagher's free-kick at the near post.

Brighton improved after going behind, with Glenn Murray twice going close and Oliver Norwood firing just over.

But Callum Robinson fired in the hosts' second, while Tomer Hemed missed a late penalty for the Seagulls as they failed to turn pressure into goals.

Brighton are now one point behind Newcastle at the top of the table following the Magpies' 2-1 win at Brentford, but they have a game in hand.

The loss is just their second away from home this season, and their first defeat in 18 games in all competitions, a run which stretched back to their EFL Cup third-round defeat by Reading on 20 September.

Preston have never lost at home to Brighton in their history, with their latest victory the tenth in 16 meetings between the sides at Deepdale.

Simon Grayson's side have climbed to ninth in the table, just six points outside the play-off places.

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"It was a complete victory, a very well-deserved win against a really strong team.

"It's looking like Brighton will end up in the top two this season - or even win the league - so for us to beat them so convincingly says a lot about this team.

"We looked strong throughout, but this result has been coming for quite a while now. We've been putting in some strong performances lately, but not really getting the results we've deserved."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"I can't complain about the result. We were beaten by the better side on the day.

"The timing of the first goal was bad news for us. From that point on we're chasing the game.

"We should have done better defending the early goal, but having said that we know how dangerous Paul Gallagher can be in a set-piece situation.

"He's probably the best in the Championship in that kind of situation, though his free-kick should have been better defended."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 2Vermijl
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 68mins
  • 7HorganSubstituted forSpurrat 90+1'minutes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 8Browne
  • 14McGeadySubstituted forGrimshawat 90+4'minutes
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 84'minutes
  • 25HugillBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 9Makienok
  • 16Grimshaw
  • 17Spurr
  • 18Pringle
  • 21May
  • 29Barkhuizen

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Saltor GrauBooked at 63mins
  • 18Goldson
  • 22DuffyBooked at 73mins
  • 44Adekugbe
  • 11Knockaert
  • 14SidwellSubstituted forKayalat 73'minutes
  • 21Norwood
  • 8SkalakSubstituted forMurphyat 56'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forHemedat 63'minutes
  • 17Murray

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 7Kayal
  • 10Hemed
  • 15Murphy
  • 20March
  • 42Hunt
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
11,391

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Chris Maxwell (Preston North End) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Liam Grimshaw replaces Aiden McGeady.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Thomas Spurr replaces Daryl Horgan.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Sam Adekugbe tries a through ball, but Jamie Murphy is caught offside.

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

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Goldson with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Callum Robinson.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Attempt missed. Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Substitution

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

Booking

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Bruno.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Offside, Preston North End. Greg Cunningham tries a through ball, but Alan Browne is caught offside.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

goal

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7Derby2611782419540
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10Barnsley26115104339438
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