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Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Burton Albion

Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed has four goals in three games

Tomer Hemed scored twice as Brighton briefly moved to the top of the Championship with victory over Burton.

The Seagulls led when Hemed fired home from Anthony Knockaert's fine cross.

Burton barely threatened and a dominant home side quickly built a 3-0 lead after the break through Sam Baldock's low strike and Hemed's penalty.

Michael Kightly's free-kick gave Burton hope, but Glenn Murray's header ensured a win which took Brighton top until Newcastle beat Wolves in the evening.

Brighton's sixth successive home league win, in front of a sell-out crowd, never looked in doubt from the moment the impressive Knockaert teed up Hemed for the fifth-minute opener.

Baldock doubled the lead and when Hemed converted the spot-kick after the lively Solly March was felled by Brewers captain John Mousinho, the home side were cruising.

The visitors finally sparked into life and, after Kightly and Marvin Sordell both went close, the former's delightful free-kick got them on the scoresheet.

But a comeback never looked likely and a trademark Murray header sealed a win over a Burton side who are just two points above the relegation zone.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton: "We went so close last year. It has certainly been a motivational thing for the players to want to go that one step further.

"We're scoring goals from plenty of sources and we need that to sustain where we are; you have to have the ability to score goals.

"In this game I had my top-scorer on the bench, but you need both (Murray and Hemed) pushing for the positions.

"Glenn's first away goal was after he came off the bench, and Tomer scored for us from the bench in our previous draw at Brentford. "

Burton manager Nigel Clough: "We have five or six players missing so no one would have expected us to get anything.

"I am disappointed with the goals that we conceded but the pleasing thing is that we didn't crumble.

"We pulled it back to 3-1 when Michael Kightly scored from a free-kick, and had we got another then it might have made it interesting.

"But there was a gulf in quality in both penalty areas."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 11Knockaert
  • 14Sidwell
  • 6StephensSubstituted forKayalat 72'minutes
  • 20March
  • 10HemedSubstituted forMurrayat 73'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forAkpomat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kayal
  • 15Murphy
  • 17Murray
  • 21Norwood
  • 26Walton
  • 27Tomori
  • 28Akpom

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 15Naylor
  • 4Mousinho
  • 6Turner
  • 2Flanagan
  • 10Akins
  • 24ChristensenSubstituted forVarneyat 82'minutes
  • 30MurphySubstituted forPalmerat 57'minutes
  • 28Kightly
  • 36Irvine
  • 9SordellSubstituted forMillerat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Williamson
  • 13Bywater
  • 16Palmer
  • 18Miller
  • 19Varney
  • 22Myers-Harness
  • 25Barker
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
29,464

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Burton Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Burton Albion 1.

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

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Will Miller (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Varney with a cross.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Brighton and Hove Albion).

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Will Miller replaces Marvin Sordell.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Burton Albion 1. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

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

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Sébastien Pocognoli (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Kightly.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Palmer.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Michael Kightly (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Burton Albion 1. Michael Kightly (Burton Albion) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Chuba Akpom replaces Sam Baldock.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal replaces Dale Stephens.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Kightly.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marvin Sordell.

Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle30212758233565
2Brighton30197451252664
3Huddersfield3018483933658
4Reading3117684439557
5Leeds311731142321054
6Sheff Wed3015783728952
7Norwich311551155431250
8Derby3013893325847
9Fulham301210849351446
10Barnsley31137114844446
11Preston31129104239345
12Birmingham311010113242-1040
13Ipswich31109123239-739
14Cardiff31116143644-839
15Brentford30107134242037
16Aston Villa30812102933-436
17Nottm Forest31106154353-1036
18Wolves3098133841-335
19QPR3197153044-1434
20Bristol City3095164144-332
21Burton3187163145-1431
22Blackburn3078153547-1229
23Wigan3068162838-1026
24Rotherham3145222865-3717
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