REPORT: ALBION 2 LEEDS 0
- Albion move top of the Sky Bet Championship
- Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed score a penalty each to give the Seagulls all three points
- Leeds end the game with ten men after Kalvin Phillips is sent off
- Solly March comes on to make his first appearance at the Amex in over a year
It was a tale of two penalties at the Amex as Brighton & Hove Albion moved to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with a 2-0 victory over Leeds United tonight.
A successful spot-kick in each half from Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed sent the Seagulls to the league summit and two points clear of Newcastle United, who host Birmingham City on Saturday.
Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Cardiff City, as Sebastien Pocognoli, Anthony Knockaert and Oliver Norwood replaced Gaetan Bong, Jiri Skalak and Steve Sidwell.
Albion had their first opening of the game when Norwood delivered an in-swinging free-kick to the far post that was just missed by the onrushing Shane Duffy.
Norwood had another set-piece in an almost identical position just minutes later, after Jamie Murphy was brought down by Hadi Sacko, but the midfielder’s effort curled just wide of the far post.
There was drama in the 23rd minute when Kalvin Phillips was shown a straight red card for a deliberate handball on the line from Lewis Dunk’s close-range effort.
Murray stepped up and coolly dispatched the penalty beyond Robert Green.
Dale Stephens then threaded in a superb through ball towards Sam Baldock inside the box, but his close-range shot was blocked.
Murray had a chance to get his and Albion’s second after escaping his marker inside the box from Knockaert’s corner, but his header hit the side netting.
Leeds ventured forward through Hadi Sacko, whose shot from distance trickled just past former Seagulls striker Chris Wood before going behind.
Pocognoli showed brilliant persistence to get the better of Luke Ayling down the left-hand side to set up Murray, whose equally impressive improvised strike was tipped over the bar by Green.
Brighton created the first opportunity after the re-start when Knockaert teed up Murphy on the angle, and the Scotsman’s strike was tipped away by Green.
The duo combined again just a minute later, but Murphy stretched to meet the Frenchman’s cross and headed wide of the target.
Murphy was replaced by Solly March in the 66th minute, as the latter received a huge round of applause after making his first appearance at the Amex in just over 12 months.
Albion had the ball in the back of the net again on 70 minutes when Dunk headed the ball across the box for Duffy to slide home, but the linesman’s flag correctly ruled out the effort for offside.
The Republic of Ireland international had another opportunity after he met Knockaert’s searching free-kick into the box, but his header was straight at Green.
Hemed came on to replace Murray, and he made it 2-0 on 82 minutes from the penalty spot after Dunk was pulled down by Kyle Bartley inside the box.
Albion’s number ten then looked to get his second and Brighton’s third with a shot from distance, but the ball went wide.
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