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REPORT: SWANSEA CITY 0 ALBION 1

4 November 2017

Bennett Dean
Glenn Murray puts Albion in front.
  • Glenn Murray scores the winning goal
  • Brighton secure their fourth win of the season
  • The victory secures back-to-back top flight wins for the first time since 1981
  • The Seagulls move up to eighth in the Premier League


Brighton & Hove Albion recorded back-to-back away victories in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.


Glenn Murray’s close-range finish in the first half was enough to take all three points from south Wales, and move Chris Hughton’s men up to eighth in the Premier League table.

The result ensured Albion made history by securing back-to-back away wins in the top flight for the first time since April 1981, when the Seagulls beat Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

Chris Hughton named a completely unchanged side from the team that drew 1-1 with Southampton last Sunday.

The hosts worked their first opening inside five minutes, as Kyle Naughton delivered a dangerous ball across the box which was cut out well by Shane Duffy, with Jordan Ayew waiting to pounce.

Albion had a good spell of pressure as Gaetan Bong and Pascal Gross both forced two early corners in the game, but no chances materialised.

Gross pulled the trigger from a central position just outside the box, but that was deflected behind, in what was a cagey opening 25 minutes.

But Albion broke the deadlock with 29 minutes gone courtesy of Glenn Murray, who kneed the ball home at the far post from Anthony Knockaert’s cross for his fourth goal in his last three appearances.

Lewis Dunk could’ve doubled the advantage with a powerful header from Knockaert’s corner, but Lukasz Fabianski was on hand to tip the ball over the target.

The hosts were struggling to make inroads into a stubborn Albion defence, as Mathew Ryan comfortably saved Ayew’s tame close-range strike.

There was a hairy moment for the Seagulls just after the re-start when Tammy Abraham was played through on goal, only to be denied by Ryan at his near post.

The resulting corner also created mayhem in the Albion box, but Dunk denied Abraham the chance to fire home an equaliser with a brilliant tackle.

Hughton freshened up his wide options with the introduction of Solly March in place of Jose Izquierdo, and the former was played in by Pascal Gross, only to be thwarted by Fabianski.

Swansea substitute Luciano Narsingh looked to have levelled the game deep into stoppage time, but his ferocious drive from close range crashed off the crossbar, ensuring Albion would head into the international break in the best-possible fashion.

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 66); Gross (Brown 85); Murray (Hemed 78).

SUBS NOT USED: Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Suttner.


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