REPORT: ALBION 4 LEEDS 0
- Tomer Hemed’s brace, a strike from Lewis Dunk and Liam Cooper’s own goal seals a resounding win
- Albion win by a four-goal margin for a second consecutive game
- The Seagulls move to within a point of the automatic promotion places
- Brighton go 11 points clear of Cardiff in seventh
Brighton & Hove Albion won 4-0 for the second time in as many matches with an emphatic victory over Leeds United at the Amex.
Albion ruthlessly overcame the challenge from their Yorkshire opponents with four goals in the space of 21 first-half minutes, thanks to Tomer Hemed’s brace, a Liam Cooper own goal and Lewis Dunk’s header.
The result sees the Seagulls move to within a point of Hull City in second place and crucially 11 points ahead of seventh placed Cardiff City.
Chris Hughton named an unchanged side from the one that beat Bristol City by the same scoreline last Tuesday.
Albion created their first chance of the game when Dunk met a Beram Kayal corner into the box, but saw his header cleared off the line.
After a relatively quiet opening quarter of an hour, referee Peter Bankes had no hesitation in pointing to the spot after Scott Wootton brought down Liam Rosenior inside the box.
Hemed dispatched the subsequent spot-kick with an audacious chip down the middle to beat Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri.
Silvestri was called into action again just a few moments later and made a terrific one-handed stop to keep out Kayal’s low driven strike.
Albion doubled their lead in the 23rd minute after Dale Stephens linked up well with Sam Baldock and the latter’s shot deflected off Cooper to beat Silvestri.
It could have got even better for the Seagulls when Jamie Murphy was played through on goal, but this time the Leeds keeper made a strong stop.
But the game was effectively put out of sight just before the half-hour mark, as Hemed capitalised on some sloppy Leeds defending and clinically fired the ball into the bottom corner for his 11th goal of the season.
The Seagulls were running riot and with 38 minutes on the clock, Dunk rose highest in the box to launch a towering header beyond Silvestri to make it 4-0. Chants of 'ole!' then started ringing around the Amex.
Albion began the second half in the same way as they ended the first; Murphy found Stephens inside the box, but the midfielder could not divert his effort towards goal.
Alex Mowatt came close for the visitors when his free-kick deflected off Dunk and struck the roof of the net.
The attacking midfielder continued to be the liveliest player in Steve Evans' side and had arguably their best chance of the game but blazed a close-range strike over the bar.
The visitors continued to rally after the break and Souleymane Doukara fired another strike over the bar.
The Seagulls went in search of a fifth goal and sub Jiri Skalak had a golden opportunity to increase the scoreline but he took a touch too many and the danger was cleared.
1901 CLUB LOTTERY
£1000 JACKPOT 112711
£100 SUPERSTORE VOUCHER 119015
MAGNUM OF CHAMPAGNE 112000
BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE 109911
BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE 111581
1ST PRIZE £400 1186
2ND PRIZE £50 4472
3RD PRIZE £25 3907
1ST GOAL TIME 18 MIN