REPORT: ALBION 0 BRENTFORD 2
- Scott Hogan’s brace secures Brentford the three points
- Shane Duffy makes his home debut
- Brighton are beaten for a second consecutive game
- Albion slip down to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship table
Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to back-to-back league defeats, after being beaten 2-0 by Brentford at the Amex.
Scott Hogan’s brace was enough to give the visitors all three points, as Albion slipped to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship table with eight points from six games.
Chris Hughton made three changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Newcastle, with Tomer Hemed, Oliver Norwood and Jamie Murphy all coming into the starting line-up at the expense of the suspended Sam Baldock, and Steve Sidwell and Jiri Skalak.
Albion’s first opening came when Murphy cut in off the left-hand side and found Hemed in a central position, but the striker's attempt was blocked.
Beram Kayal then picked out Anthony Knockaert with a superb cross-field pass, but the winger’s shot across the face of goal was parried away by Brentford keeper Daniel Bentley.
Knockaert then turned provider for Kayal when he weaved his way through the Brentford defence, but the Israeli took too much time on the ball and the chance went away.
It was the Bees that took the lead with their first opportunity of the game, as Lewis Macleod’s long ball forward found Hogan, who fired past David Stockdale at his near post with 29 minutes on the clock.
Knockaert tried to bring parity to the scoreline after being teed up by Hemed, but his shot was comfortably saved by Bentley.
The Seagulls pressed forward again through Glenn Murray this time, only to see his strike hit the side netting.
Knockaert was involved in the thick of the action again after linking up with Norwood, but his curling left-footed effort failed to trouble Bentley.
Murray’s header from Knockaert’s free-kick forced another save from Bentley, before Hogan had a chance to double tally, but this time Stockdale made a reaction save with his right foot.
Hughton’s men came closer still to levelling the scores in first-half stoppage time when Murray headed Knockaert’s ball back across the face of goal but Hemed's attempt was kept out by John Egan’s clearance on the line.
Within seconds of the restart, Stockdale had to be alert again to make a one-handed save at the near post from Hogan’s close-range strike.
The visitors pressed forward again through Josh Clarke, but his ball failed to find a Bees team-mate in the box.
Murray had Albion’s next chance with a shot from the edge of the box, but Bentley made a straightforward low save to his right.
Dean Smith’s side still carried a threat, with Gaetan Bong producing a fine block to deny Clarke.
Hogan was then played through one-on-one with Stockdale but was helped by a fine last-ditch tackle by Lewis Dunk.
Hughton freshened up Brighton’s attack by replacing Hemed with Elvis Manu on the hour mark.
The Dutchman was shown a harsh yellow card within two minutes of entering the pitch for apparent simulation, despite replays showing Harlee Dean brought down the forward on the edge of the box.
Dean set up Brentford’s next chance of the game with a long pass towards Hogan, who cut inside and saw his shot saved by Stockdale, before Romaine Sawyers fired wide with the follow up.
Sawyers had another chance to double Brentford's advantage with an angled attempt that was cleared off the line by Bong.
Brentford doubled their lead in the 70th minute when Hogan netted with a close-range strike from a tight angle that flew past Stockdale.
Manu came close to giving the Seagulls a late foothold in the game with a rasping strike that forced Bentley into a two-handed save.
But the Bees held on to their clean sheet and took all three points back to west London.
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