Brighton & Hove Albion opened the month with a historic first-ever victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, as Chris Hughton’s team produced an impressive away performance against the Owls.
Sam Baldock broke the deadlock with a precise lob over goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, before Anthony Knockaert converted from Gaetan Bong’s cutback inside the box. Gary Hooper scored deep into stoppage time, but the Seagulls held on for a memorable win in Yorkshire.
Another goal conceded in stoppage time proved more costly the following week, as Simon Makienok levelled the scores at 2-2 after Baldock and Glenn Murray overturned Jordan Hugill’s opening goal for the Lilywhites. The last-gasp goal denied Albion all three points, but their unbeaten run was stretched to four games.
Baldock scored for the third game in succession as Albion overcame Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at the Amex, and it was a brilliant header from the striker, as he glanced Gaetan Bong’s accurate cross in off the crossbar to seal a narrow victory for the Seagulls.
Albion moved into the automatic promotion places with another 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, and it was Dale Stephens who made the difference after coming off the bench, as he found the top corner with a controlled effort from outside the penalty area.
October came to a close with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Norwich City at the Amex, as the Seagulls sent out a bold message to the rest of their Championship rivals. Murray became only the second player to score a hat-trick for Albion at the Amex, with Lewis Dunk and Knockaert adding further goals on a day to remember for the Seagulls.