REPORT: ALBION 2 LEEDS 0- Goals in each half from Sam Baldock and Inigo Calderon secured the win.
- First league double over Leeds in Albion's history.
- The Seagulls move six points clear of the relegation zone.
- Albion win back-to-back home games for the first time this season.
Brighton & Hove Albion defeated Leeds United 2-0 at the Amex to record their first ever league double over the Whites.
Chris Hughton made one change to the side that beat Birmingham on Saturday with Craig Mackail-Smith replacing loanee Leon Best up front.
The game started slowly with Albion enjoying more of the possession, and they created the first chance of the game in the sixth minute. The returning Mackail-Smith delivered a teasing ball across the six-yard box, however Leeds managed to clear the danger.
On the ten-minute mark Rodolph Austin tried his luck from distance with an excellent 20-yard strike which flashed just wide of David Stockdale’s post.
Four minutes later Mackail-Smith picked out Joao Teixeira arriving in the area, however the midfielder sent his header inches wide of Marco Silvestri’s post.
In the 26th minute Albion took the lead through an excellent team move. Inigo Calderon drove down the wing and fed the lively Mackail-Smith, who excellently squared to the arriving Sam Baldock - and the forward calmly finished past Silvestri.
The Seagulls should have had a second three minutes later when Teixeira drove at the heart of the Leeds defence and fed Mackail-Smith, but Silvestri got down well to palm away the danger.
On the half-hour mark a defensive mistake by Sol Bamba almost gifted Albion a second but the bounce was too high for Baldock and the Whites escaped.
Albion continued to dominate and six minutes into the second half Calderon flashed a shot across the face of goal.
In the 56th minute Albion stole possession and broke away but Mackail-Smith’s dangerous cross for the unmarked Teixeira was cut out by Liam Cooper.
Moments later Mackail-Smith was in the thick of it again but his fizzing low drive was well held by Silvestri.
On the hour mark Teixeira made a darting run into the Leeds box and unleashed a low drive that Silvesti was equal to. He was denied again soon after, this time from a slick breakaway started by the throw of Stockdale.
Three minutes later the Seagulls deservedly doubled their lead as Beram Kayal’s shot was parried straight into the face of Calderon and into the net for the Spaniard’s third goal in two games.
In the 68th minute Leeds had a chance to half the deficit but Bamba headed over from Luke Murphy’s corner before Stockdale got down well to deny Souleymane Doukara.
The Seagulls had a numbers of chances to add a third in the dying moments,the best coming when sub Chris O’Grady’s work created a goalmouth scramble that eventually saw Dale Stephens’s header palmed against the bar by Silvestri.
Albion forced one last chance through Teixeira in additional time however the Liverpool loanee’s effort came back off the post and into the arms of Silvestri.