REPORT: ALBION 0 BOURNEMOUTH 2
- Chris Hughton’s men slip to 19th in the league.
- Albion are nine points adrift of the drop zone.
- The Seagulls suffer their third successive defeat.
- The hosts lose their unbeaten home record against Bournemouth, which had stretched to 11 meetings
Brighton & Hove Albion endured their third successive loss, as Championship table-toppers Bournemouth secured the three points thanks to goals from in-form pair Yann Kermorgant and Callum Wilson.
Following their 4-2 win over Birmingham City on Bank Holiday Monday, the Cherries arrived at the Amex unbeaten in their previous eight outings.
For Brighton, however, it was a case of aiming to return to winning ways as their defeat to relegation rivals Rotherham United saw the side slip to 18th in the league.
While Albion started the livelier of the two teams, Bournemouth created the game's first noticeable chance with Matt Richie harmlessly firing his effort over the bar.
Chances were at a premium but as the interval approached Bruno was dispossessed down the right flank by Andrew Surman who squared to Wilson; the in-form striker then teed up Matt Ritchie who squandered another chance for Eddie Howe’s men.
After the restart the Seagulls had a brilliant chance to establish a breakthrough when a set-piece floated in by Dale Stephens agonisingly failed to connect with an Albion head.
Albion were clearly rejuvenated, showed more tenacity, and Stephens attempted a first-time volley, which narrowly sailed over Artur Boruc’s bar.
Albion continued to press for the opening and Stephens was at the heart of things once more, this time seeing another swerving effort dip over the bar from distance.
Yet against the run of play, it was the Cherries who broke the deadlock. Lewis Dunk brought down substitute Adam Smith and Kermorgant stepped up to score with a curling free-kick from 25 yards out.
Wilson then flicked the accelerator switch to extend Bournemouth's lead; this time Wilson danced his way past Greg Halford to comfortably slot his strike past David Stockdale - it was his 21st and Bournemouth’s 89th goal of the campaign.