There were mixed fortunes for Albion in the festive period.
Brighton & Hove Albion began the festive period with arguably one of their memorable victories of the season, after recovering from 2-0 down to beat Charlton Athletic 3-2 at the Amex on 5th December.
Goals from Ademola Lookman and Reza Ghoochannejhad put the Addicks in the driving seat, before the Seagulls mounted a memorable recovery.
A strike each from James Wilson, Bobby Zamora and Tomer Hemed overturned the deficit in the second-half to extend Albion’s unbeaten run to 20 games – the result sending Chris Hughton’s men back to the top of the Championship.
A trip to the iPro Stadium followed for a match against promotion rivals, Derby County on 12th December. Brighton twice took the lead through Rajiv van La Parra and James Wilson, but were pegged back on each occasion through Bradley Johnson’s strike and Chris Martin’s penalty.
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The team were on the road again three days’ later and the points were shared in another 2-2 draw, this time against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
Dale Stephens and Rajiv van La Parra put Brighton 2-0 up after 55 minutes, but Charlie Austin struck twice in the space of three minutes to earn Rangers a point.
The unbeaten league run came to an end at 21 games with a 3-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough on 19th December, in Albion’s last match before Christmas.
The victory saw Boro move three points clear at the top of the Championship, as they claimed a convincing victory through goals from Kike, Albert Adomah and Cristhian Stuani.
A Boxing Day stalemate came next at Griffin Park, with Albion and Brentford sharing the spoils in a cagey encounter. The result extended Brighton’s unbeaten run on the road to 12 games.
The year of 2015 ended on a low note though, when Daryl Murphy’s 32-minute strike earned Ipswich Town all three points in a 1-0 win at the Amex.
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