REPORT: ALBION 1 HUDDERSFIELD 0
- Albion win 1-0 against the league leaders
- Anthony Knockaert scores his fourth goal of the season
- Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that lost to Brentford
- The Seagulls travel to Burton Albion on Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against table-topping Huddersfield Town at the Amex this evening.
Anthony Knockaert’s late strike was enough to earn the Seagulls all three points, ending a spell of three league games without a win.
Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that lost to Brentford on Saturday, as Dale Stephens and Jiri Skalak came in for Oliver Norwood and Glenn Murray respectively.
Albion had their first opportunity of the game when Tomer Hemed showed some neat work and sent Jamie Murphy through one-on-one with Terriers keeper Danny Ward, but the Scotsman saw his shot saved.
The league leaders did little to test the Seagulls defence in the opening 15 minutes, highlighted by Harry Bunn’s effort from distance which drifted harmlessly wide.
Beram Kayal came closer for Albion at the other end, when his long-range strike skimmed the side netting.
Jack Payne was next to test David Stockdale, as he cut inside from the right and saw his low shot pushed away.
Hughton’s men threatened from a set piece, when Lewis Dunk headed Knockaert’s corner back across the box and Hemed swivelled round to volley over.
Brighton continued to press forward in a promising first 30 minutes, as Murphy’s curling strike went just the far post.
Former Seagulls loanee Rajiv van La Parra broke up field for the visitors and saw a curling shot of his own go just past the right post.
The Terriers came forward again through Payne and his enticing ball into the box narrowly missed Elias Kachunga in the area.
Aaron Mooy was next to try his luck from distance following a swift Huddersfield counter-attack, but he shot straight at Stockdale.
The Seagulls created a chance within a minute of the re-start when Hemed’s attempt hit the side netting.
Jiri Skalak then set up Bruno inside the area with a deft backheel, and the Albion skipper saw his shot blocked inside the box.
Albion continued their momentum at the start of the second half, as Dunk got on the end of Knockaert’s deep corner into the box with a close-range header that went wide.
The visitors still carried a threat going forward though and Stockdale had to be alert to make a low save, keeping out Payne’s strike.
Murphy and Knockaert linked up well on the right-hand side in a bid to break down a stubborn Huddersfield defence, but the latter’s effort sailed harmlessly wide.
However, with 80 minutes on the clock, Knockaert tried his luck once again, and this time found the corner of the net, as his shot slipped through the grasp of Ward.
The goalscorer took confidence from his late goal, showing some fantastic skill to evade three defenders with a single turn, but the resulting break was dealt with by the visitors.
Hughton’s team managed to contain Huddersfield’s late pressure, holding on for all three points.
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