REPORT: ALBION 2 HUDDERSFIELD 1
- Anthony Knockaert and Liam Ridgewell make their home debuts
- Bobby Zamora and James Wilson on target for Albion
- Harry Bunn scored for Huddersfield
- Albion move up to third in the Championship
Brighton & Hove Albion moved up to third in the Sky Bet Championship table with a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at the Amex.
Goals from Bobby Zamora and James Wilson earned Albion all three points, despite Harry Bunn temporarily levelling the score-line for Huddersfield.
The result leaves the Seagulls with 50 points from 28 games and, more crucially, four points clear of seventh-place Birmingham City.
Chris Hughton named a completely unchanged line-up from the side that beat Blackburn last week.
Albion created their first chance of the game when a Dale Stephens free-kick from a central position sailed just over the bar.
The Terriers came close to breaking the deadlock in the opening stages after former Seagull Joel Lynch diverted a header towards the far post, but Jamie Murphy cleared the effort off the line.
Jed Steer was living dangerously just moments later with the keeper seemingly carrying the ball outside his box, but referee Graham Horwood let play continue.
Murphy was found on the left-hand side by Beram Kayal and the Scotsman’s cross-shot narrowly missed the onrushing Tomer Hemed and Bobby Zamora.
Knockaert was next to come close for the Seagulls, as his in-swinging set- piece from the right went narrowly over the crossbar.
But Albion broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark thanks to Zamora. Kayal latched onto a loose ball from a Huddersfield corner and found Knockaert on the right-hand side; the latter played in a perfectly- weighted pass to Zamora who clinically dispatched a first-time strike past Steer.
Hughton’s men came close to doubling their advantage as Knockaert waltzed his way through the Terriers defence and found Zamora, but he attempted to cut the ball back to the Frenchman, allowing Jason Davidson to clear the danger.
Chances were few and far between for the visitors, but they did come close to restoring parity to the score-line when Nahki Wells blazed a close-range shot over the bar.
But the Terriers did end the first half on level terms in added time, after Bunn made a late run into the box and headed Tommy Smith’s cross past David Stockdale.
Knockaert came within touching distance of reclaiming Albion’s lead shortly after the restart, but his swerving free-kick hit the side-netting.
The January signing claimed his second assist of the game in the 66th minute, as his jinxing run down the left resulted in a perfect delivery for Wilson, who nodded the ball past Steer.
But the Seagulls could have been pegged back again when Joe Lolley got the better of Kazenga LuaLua on the right-hand side and Bunn saw his close-range shot blocked.
LuaLua was involved in the thick of the action again as he made a surging run towards the box and a clumsy challenge by Smith led to the defender receiving his second yellow card.
Wilson and Knockaert combined to set up a chance for Andrew Crofts, whose curling strike went just past the left-hand post.
Brighton saw out the closing stages with relative ease to claim three crucial points.
LOTTERY RESULTS V HUDDERSFIELD
£1000 JACKPOT 102793
£100 SUPERSTORE VOUCHER 116082
MAGNUM OF CHAMPAGNE 11406
BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE 117564
BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE 117738
1ST £500 1408
2ND £50 1061
3RD 325 1819
1ST GOAL TIME 30 MIN