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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Anthony Knockaert
Anthony Knockaert's 10th goal of the season secured victory for 10-man Brighton

Anthony Knockaert scored twice and three players were sent off as 10-man Brighton beat Sheffield Wednesday to go top of the Championship.

Knockaert's opener was cancelled out by Lewis Dunk's own goal before half-time.

The key moment came at 1-1, when the Seagulls had Glenn Murray sent off for handling Glenn Loovens' powerful shot.

David Stockdale saved Fernando Forestieri's penalty, before Knockaert poked home and Wednesday had Steven Fletcher and Sam Hutchinson sent off.

Newcastle, now two points off the lead, will return to top spot if they beat Rotherham on Saturday, while the Owls stay sixth.

There was little warning of the second-half drama that would follow during a tepid first period, when Knockaert looked by far the most likely to create scoring opportunities.

His cool finish, having rounded Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, put Brighton ahead before the Owls levelled in bizarre circumstances.

Forestieri's left-wing cross was diverted towards goal by Brighton midfielder Oliver Norwood and Dunk, captain in the absence of injured full-back Bruno, glanced a header past Stockdale.

Wednesday's best spell of the match culminated in the incident which led to the penalty and Murray's dismissal, Brighton's leading scorer raising his hands to protect his face from Loovens' shot.

Stockdale's stop and subsequent follow-up save from Forestieri helped Brighton avoid consecutive Championship defeats, before Knockaert converted Sebastien Pocognoli's cross at the far post with five minutes remaining.

As tensions grew, substitute Fletcher was sent off for clashing with Dale Stephens and referee Stuart Attwell produced his red card for a third time to dismiss Hutchinson for a second yellow card.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "It is always a wonderful feeling when you win a game like that.

"I am delighted because we were playing against a very good side. To win the match having gone down to 10 men shows tremendous character.

"We were up against a very good team and if you beat teams around you it is an added bonus."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "The players lost emotional control and we must control that kind of behaviour.

"Of course there is frustration because we were playing so well and we deserved to be winning the game, but these things happen in every team in the world and we must work to prevent them in the future.

"The thing we must control is the emotion of the players. If it was still 10 verses 11 with some time still remaining then maybe we could have achieved something."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13StockdaleBooked at 89mins
  • 18Goldson
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 12PocognoliBooked at 29mins
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forSkalakat 90+2'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 21NorwoodSubstituted forSidwellat 79'minutes
  • 15MurphySubstituted forMarchat 79'minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 64mins
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 7Kayal
  • 8Skalak
  • 14Sidwell
  • 20March
  • 42Hunt

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32HuntSubstituted forPalmerat 33'minutes
  • 15LeesBooked at 80mins
  • 12Loovens
  • 36PudilSubstituted forMcManamanat 67'minutes
  • 33WallaceBooked at 87mins
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 41Bannan
  • 9Reach
  • 45Forestieri
  • 11WinnallSubstituted forFletcherat 57'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 3Jones
  • 6Fletcher
  • 10McManaman
  • 14Hooper
  • 16Palmer
  • 39Sasso
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
27,162

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum McManaman (Sheffield Wednesday).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Sam Hutchinson is caught offside.

Substitution

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

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Booking

David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt blocked. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson with a headed pass.

Booking

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sébastien Pocognoli with a cross.

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

Booking

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Oliver Norwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Jamie Murphy.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a through ball.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Callum McManaman replaces Daniel Pudil.

Attempt missed. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton26176342182457
2Newcastle26181750212955
3Leeds26153835241148
4Reading2514473633346
5Huddersfield2614483030046
6Sheff Wed2713683126545
7Derby2611782419540
8Fulham25109643301339
9Preston2611693532339
10Barnsley26115104339438
11Norwich26114114239337
12Birmingham269983035-536
13Aston Villa2681172625135
14Ipswich2697102831-334
15Brentford2696113333033
16Wolves2688103334-132
17QPR2695122536-1132
18Cardiff2586113040-1030
19Bristol City2683153538-327
20Nottm Forest2676133745-827
21Burton2667132636-1025
22Blackburn2666143143-1224
23Wigan2657142231-922
24Rotherham2644182756-2916
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