Brighton & Hove Albion were focused on continuing their good form throughout the festive period, as they looked to extend their ten-game unbeaten run, starting with a tough away trip to Cardiff City at the start of the month.
Despite their best efforts to break the deadlock, the Seagulls had to settle for a point as the Bluebirds held strong and frustrated Chris Hughton’s team at the Cardiff City Stadium. Neither side could find a breakthrough as they shared a 0-0 draw, however Gaetan Bong was sent off for a second yellow card.
Albion returned to the Amex for the visit of Leeds United, and it was a tale of two penalties that secured all three points for the Seagulls. Glenn Murray converted from the spot in the first half, before Tomer Hemed took responsibility after the break and sealed a comfortable win.
Next up was a trip to Ewood Park, the previous home of Albion’s record signing Shane Duffy, and the defender capped a memorable return with the opening goal against Blackburn Rovers. Dale Stephens added a second, before Sam Gallagher pulled one back for the hosts, but Glenn Murray scored a third with a clever finish. Gallagher made it 3-2 in stoppage time, but Albion held on.
The Seagulls secured back-to-back away victories with a dramatic win against Birmingham City at St Andrews. Lukas Jutkiewicz headed the Blues in front, but with time running out for Hughton’s team, Anthony Knockaert found the bottom corner from Solly March’s low cross. With just seconds remaining, Murray headed home from Knockaert’s corner in the 95th minute to claim all three points.
Murray and Knockaert were in goalscoring form again when Queens Park Rangers visited the Amex on Boxing Day, as the pair added to Sam Baldock’s opening goal to seal a convincing 3-0 victory and a provide a perfect late Christmas gift for Albion’s supporters.
Albion were due to end the month with a home fixture against Cardiff City, but fog descended over the Amex and the game was postponed prior to kick off. The Seagulls may have ended the month in the fog, but their promotion intentions were clear after a fine run of form throughout December.