REPORT: ALBION 3 ROTHERHAM 0
- Albion record a second consecutive 3-0 victory
- The Seagulls top the Sky Bet Championship
- Anthony Knockaert, Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed all on target
- The Seagulls keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet
Brighton & Hove Albion sit top of the Sky Bet Championship table after a 3-0 victory over Rotherham United at the Amex.
Goals from Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray, along with Tomer Hemed’s penalty secured a convincing win, making it seven points out of a possible nine this season.
The result also meant that the Seagulls have kept four consecutive clean sheets so far this campaign, scoring ten times in the process.
Chris Hughton made four changes to the side that beat Nottingham Forest on Friday, with Niki Maenpaa, Dale Stephens, Oliver Norwood and Jamie Murphy all coming into the starting line-up.
Albion created their first chance when Norwood drove a low corner towards Stephens, who hit his effort over the bar.
Stephens had another attempt to break the deadlock, but his shot from distance sailed over the target.
The visitors had their first meaningful opening when Stephen Kelly had a chance from a set-piece, but he also shot over the bar.
Albion broke the deadlock in the 24th minute thanks to Knockaert, who latched onto Gaetan Bong’s pass before firing a low driven shot past an outstretched Lee Camp.
It was 2-0 just three minutes later following a terrific move which resulted in Murray clinically firing a close-range volley past Camp from Liam Rosenior’s cross.
Murray then capitalised on a mistake in the Millers defence to set up a chance for Hemed, whose strike was saved by Lee Camp.
Knockaert was denied a second goal when his close-range strike was blocked following some excellent work from Hemed down the right-hand side.
Norwood then played a long cross-field pass towards Murphy, whose rising shot cleared the target.
Hemed put the ball in the back of the net five minutes after the re-start, but referee Simon Hooper ruled out the effort following Knockaert’s handball inside the box.
The Seagulls were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute after Murray was pulled down in the box and Hemed coolly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 3-0.
Hughton’s men continued their dominance when Hemd rose highest in the box to meet Bong’s cross and Knockaert fired the loose ball over the bar.
The Millers had a chance to gain a consolation but Maenpaa brilliantly pushed away a fierce strike from Will Vaulks.
Murray and Knockaert were taken off with 20 minutes remaining to be replaced by Sam Baldock and Kazenga LuaLua.
Bong continued to be a threat down the left flank and he floated a cross towards Hemed, but the striker could not generate enough contact to divert the ball goalwards.
Albion saw out the closing stages with relative ease to continue their impressive start to the campaign.
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