- Albion are beaten 2-0 by Cardiff City
- Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison score for Cardiff
- Glenn Murray hits the post late on
- The Seagulls are next in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to another defeat after losing 2-0 to Cardiff City in a bottom-of-the-table clash at the Amex Stadium.
A goal in each half from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison secured all three points for the Bluebirds, who moved to within two points of Albion in 17th place.
Chris Hughton made five changes to the side that lost 5-0 to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, with Bruno returning to captain the team.
Glenn Murray replaced Florin Andone to lead the line, while Pascal Gross made his return from injury as Albion switched to a 4-4-2 formation.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Solly March lined up on the wings for the Seagulls, replacing Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia respectively.
Albion started the game brightly, as March hit the side-netting and Murray almost beat City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge inside the opening exchanges.
Joe Ralls had the first opportunity for Cardiff, but his shot dropped just wide of the target, before the Seagulls had an excellent penalty shout turned down.
Bruno Ecuele Manga appeared to bring down Lewis Dunk inside the penalty area, and despite the centre-back’s protests, referee Andre Marriner waved play on.
Despite Albion’s fast start, Mendez-Laing gave the visitors the lead with 22 minutes played with an unstoppable right-footed curling strike after some good link-up play with Junior Hoilett.
Dale Stephens looked to get a quick equaliser for the Seagulls, but his effort was blocked, before Shane Duffy headed straight at Neil Etheridge from the subsequent set-piece.
Cardiff had a chance to double their advantage shortly before the interval, but Aron Gunnarsson headed over from Victor Camarasa’s corner.
Hughton’s men were dealt a hammer blow five minutes after the re-start when Morrison rose highest in the box and headed the ball past Maty Ryan from Camarasa’s free kick.
Florin Andone entered the fray in place of Pascal Gross with 20 minutes remaining, and he teed up Murray on the edge of the box, only for the latter to fire agonisingly over the bar.
The Romanian was involved in the thick of the action again moments later after linking up well with fellow substitute Jose Izquierdo, but his shot was blocked at the last moment.
Albion continued to push forward to gain any sort of foothold in the contest, but Murray hit the post late on with a header and the game finished 2-0.
ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; March, Stephens, Propper, Jahanbakhsh (Izquierdo 69); Gross (Andone 54); Murray.
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bong, Burn, Kayal, Locadia.
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1ST GOAL TIME 22 MINS