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10 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Tomer Hemed celebrates his winning goal against Newcastle United.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed was the club’s second goalscorer in the Premier League, as he notched his first top-flight goal against West Bromwich Albion at the Amex Stadium.

The forward started five of Albion’s opening six games in the Premier League, and also found the back of the net against Newcastle United on the south coast, in a 1-0 victory for the Seagulls.

But the Israeli was handed a three-match ban following an incident against the Magpies, which gave Glenn Murray a chance to pin down the position as Albion’s first-choice striker.

Murray’s impressive form meant Hemed would have to wait until December for his next league start, as he led the line for Chris Hughton’s team in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.

Hemed played a key role in Albion’s 1-0 victory against Watford before Christmas, as he set up Pascal Gross for the winner, before also starting in the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

The 31-year-old then helped his team-mates record a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup, before making his final Premier League appearance of the season against Chelsea at the Amex.

Hemed partnered Sam Baldock in attack when the Seagulls visited Middlesbrough in the fourth round in January - but his replacement, Murray, came off the bench to score the winning goal at the Riverside Stadium.

The arrival of Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo Ulloa in January added depth to Hughton’s attacking options, and Hemed found game time hard to come by for the remainder of the campaign.

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