Brighton & Albion’s past three games at Craven Cottage have ended in dramatic victories over Fulham.
December 2014 – Fulham 0 Albion 2
Managerless and in the drop zone, the 2014/15 season was slowly turning into a living nightmare for the Seagulls. Two days before Christmas, manager Sami Hyypia left the club with Nathan Jones put in temporary charge.
After a superb fightback against Reading from two goals down on Boxing Day it was clear there was a fighting spirit in the Albion squad but few predicted what would happen in London three days later.
Adrian Colunga coolly rolled home from the spot after Elliott Bennett had been felled in the box before Solly March wrapped up the points late on with his first-ever league goal for the Seagulls.
Jones reverted to a coaching role at the club two days later when Chris Hughton was given the full-time manager’s job and we all know how that appointment has worked out for Albion.
However, nobody can deny how vital those four points gained under Jones were as the Seagulls avoided the drop to League One and the Welshman had provided a memorable evening in London.
August 2015 – Fulham 1 Albion 2
Hughton’s vision was still in its infancy when he took the Seagulls to the Cottage in late summer 2015, but a dramatic victory made it two league wins from two for Albion and the foundations for the eventual promotion push were being laid.
Tom Cairney’s sublime curling effort wiped out Sam Baldock’s earlier strike for the Seagulls and it seemed the game was destined to end in a 1-1 draw.
Deep into stoppage time though, Kazenga LuaLua was brought down right on the edge of the area and despite the hosts’ protests that the winger was felled outside the box, a penalty was awarded.
Just like Colunga had done on Albion’s previous visit, Tomer Hemed calmly rolled the ball into the same corner for another memorable victory at Fulham.
January 2017 – Fulham 1 Albion 2
After the heartbreak of missing out on promotion in 2015/16, the Seagulls were determined to grasp their opportunity the following year, and results like the win at Fulham in January defined what the team were all about.
Fulham were undeniably the better side on the day but as superb penalty save from David Stockdale had helped keep the Londoners at bay. Unfortunately, there was nothing Stockdale could do to deny Lucas Piazon in the second-half as Albion’s long unbeaten league run looked likely to end at Craven Cottage.
Then there was one of the most famous two minutes of the season. Hemed earned and converted a 74th minute penalty - and you can guess which way the Israeli went.
Then 60 seconds later Albion were in the lead. Lewis Dunk charged through the middle of the park, slipped Anthony Knockaert through on goal only for current Albion keeper David Button to beat the Frenchman’s header away.
Dunk though, hadn’t stopped his run and happily nodded into the empty net to spark jubilant scenes and as BBC Sussex’s Johnny Cantor described, ‘Albion in ecstasy in at the cottage’.
Indeed they were and just four months later the Seagulls were promoted to the Premier League, with the afternoon at Fulham one of the standout moments.