REPORT: ALBION 2 MK DONS 1
- Solly March and Jamie Murphy on target for Albion
- Nicky Maynard pulls one back for MK Dons
- The Seagulls move up to second in the Sky Bet Championship table
- Brighton achieve a club record of 17 games unbeaten
Brighton & Hove Albion went a club record-breaking 17 games unbeaten after a 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons at the Amex.
First-half strikes from Solly March and Jamie Murphy saw Albion race into a 2-0 lead, before Nicky Maynard pulled one back for the visitors.
The result saw the Seagulls move up to second in the Sky Bet Championship table, after Burnley were held to a goalless draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Chris Hughton made one change from the line-up that drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, as Murphy came in to replace Inigo Calderon.
The two teams took part in a moving Remembrance Day tribute before kick-off, with Hughton and MK Dons manager Karl Robinson both laying wreaths before an impeccably observed minute's silence in the stadium.
Albion got off to the perfect start inside four minutes thanks to March. Murphy’s swerving corner into the box initially found Lewis Dunk, but the defender’s header was blocked and March smashed home the loose ball from 20 yards out with a terrific first-time strike.
March was involved in the thick of the action again just moments later when he cut in from the right-hand side but saw his subsequent strike go over the target.
Bruno then delivered a tantalising cross into the path of Sam Baldock, but the forward narrowly failed to make a connection with the ball.
Tomer Hemed had a golden opportunity to double Albion’s advantage following Murphy’s superb cross, but saw his header go wide of the far post.
The hosts doubled their advantage in the 19th minute when some good link-up play involving March and Baldock set up a chance for Murphy, who clinically fired the ball past Dons keeper David Martin.
Albion's lead, however, was halved just three minutes later when Nicky Maynard’s powerful strike from the edge of the box sailed past David Stockdale into the bottom right-hand corner.
The Buckinghamshire side broke forward once again, although on this occasion Daniel Powell’s tame long-distance effort trickled past the left post.
The Seagulls almost restored their two-goal cushion when a superb run and cross from March found Hemed, but his audacious attempt went over the bar.
Beram Kayal then threaded a through ball towards his Israeli counterpart Hemed only for the shot to be tipped to safety by Martin.
Bruno and Hemed combined to set up a chance for March and the winger’s shot sailed narrowly over the target.
Hemed twice came agonisingly close to scoring Albion’s third goal in the closing stages of the first half when his close-range strike rebounded off the post, before he headed another attempt wide from Murphy’s cross.
The Seagulls were dealt a blow nine minutes after the restart when Baldock limped off injured and was replaced by Bobby Zamora.
Samir Carruthers came close to netting an equaliser for the Dons, after he cut inside the Albion defence, but saw his stinging shot saved by Stockdale.
Murphy continued to be one of Albion’s main threats and after cutting inside and beating a defender, his resulting effort was saved by Martin.
A good passage of attacking play for the Seagulls resulted in Zamora teeing the ball up for Liam Rosenior, but the latter’s shot went high and wide of the target.
The Dons still looked threatening on the break and Rosenior made a superb block to prevent Maynard’s low strike from heading goalwards.
Substitute Elvis Manu was teed up with a chance by March in stoppage time, but the Dutchman’s strike went wide.
The winger had another chance to make the game safe, but his close-range strike did not trouble Martin and the Seagulls claimed a narrow victory.
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