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13 April 2018

Bennett Dean/Paul Hazlewood
Lloyd Owusu and Dean Hammond celebrate Albion victories.

Brighton & Hove Albion are unbeaten in their previous six fixtures on 13th April - but two away victories stand out from the rest, as the Seagulls secured important wins towards the end of the season, for very different reasons.

Albion travelled to Colchester United in 2009 and Russell Slade’s team were in the thick of a relegation scrap, as they found themselves six points off safety with five matches remaining.

The Seagulls returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory against Hereford United six days beforehand, but a 3-2 defeat at home to Swindon Town prevented Albion from gaining momentum.

Loanee Lloyd Owusu led the line for Slade’s men at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, but the U’s proved hard to break down as the Seagulls desperately went in search of points.

Then came the moment Albion fans had been waiting for - the breakthrough. Owusu found space inside Colchester’s penalty area to meet Gary Borrowdale’s free-kick, and the experienced forward headed his team in front.

The winning goal moved the Seagulls three points off safety and triggered a stunning run of 13 points from a possible 15, which rescued Albion from dropping into the fourth tier of English football.

Four years later - the Seagulls were fighting a different battle as they were chasing promotion to the Premier League, after reaching the Championship and pushing forward in their second campaign at the Amex Stadium.

Gus Poyet’s team were flirting with the play-offs when they travelled to Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium in 2013, and Albion were looking to end a run of three consecutive draws.

The Seagulls found themselves in the final play-off position before the match, and knew victory in the north east would strengthen their chances of extending their season, as well as sending out a message to their closest rivals.

Leonardo Ulloa spearheaded Albion’s attack at the Riverside, but it was goals from Spanish duo Andrea Orlandi and David Lopez that secured all three points for Poyet’s confident side.

Orlandi side-footed home from Dean Hammond’s low cross on the hour mark, before Liam Bridcutt’s through-ball sent Lopez racing toward goal in the 76th minute - and the Spaniard finished with a delicate lob.

The 2-0 victory was part of nine unbeaten games that led into Albion’s play-off semi-final against Crystal Palace - a run which saw the Seagulls take 19 points to finish the season in fourth position.

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