- Albion are beaten 4-2 by Fulham
- Glenn Murray scores twice for Albion
- Calum Chambers, Aleksandar Mitrovic (2) and Luciano Vietto on target for Fulham
- Albion next in action at home to Watford on Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion let a 2-0 lead slip to lose 4-2 against Fulham, on a frustrating night at Craven Cottage.
Glenn Murray’s brace inside the opening 17 minutes gave Albion a perfect start, but Aleksandar Mitrovic’s double and a goal each from Calum Chambers and Luciano Vietto gave the hosts all three points.
Chris Hughton made one change to the last league match away at Manchester United, with Maty Ryan returning to the starting line-up after Asian Cup duty in place of David Button.
Albion broke the deadlock inside three minutes courtesy of Murray, who brilliantly turned in Martin Montoya’s cross with a superb first-time flick from close range.
The Seagulls and Murray struck again with 17 minutes played, as he deftly guided a Pascal Gross bicycle kick past Sergio Rico after Solly March’s cross caused havoc in the Fulham defence.
Ryan Babel had a chance to halve the deficit following some good link-up play with Mitrovic on the edge of the box, but the former’s strike was pushed away by Ryan.
Murray nearly had a hat-trick after meeting Gross’s enticing free kick into the box, but Rico kept out the frontman’s second attempt with his leg.
There was a nervy moment for the Albion defence when Babel found Andre Schurrle at the far post, but the German’s effort was brilliantly cleared over the crossbar by Shane Duffy.
Davy Propper almost added a third for Albion in emphatic fashion, but his effort from distance rebounded off the crossbar.
After making the best-possible start to the first half, the Seagulls were undone by a fine strike from Chambers three minutes after the re-start, as his left-footed volley from the edge of the area found the top corner.
Stephens then tried to get on the scoresheet with a left-footed volley of his own, but the midfielder's shot went a whisker past the left post.
After twice coming close to getting a second, Fulham wiped out Albion’s lead when Mitrovic rose highest in the box to beat Ryan and head the ball into an empty net just shy of the hour mark.
The Cottagers were on top and came within inches of turning the game completely on its head, as Jen Michael Seri’s strike rebounded off the post.
Fulham did get a third through Mitrovic in the 74th minute, after the Serbian leapt highest in the box from Joe Bryan’s cross despite appearing to foul Lewis Dunk as he jumped to meet the ball.
It went from bad to worse for the Seagulls, as Fulham got a fourth through Vietto, who headed home at the far post after Babel headed the ball back across the area, following Tom Cairney’s initial effort that struck the bar.
Mitrovic could've had a hat-trick when he raced through on goal late on, but he fired over the bar and the game finished 4-2, and Albion's attention now turns to the visit of Watford on Saturday.
ALBION: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens, Propper; March, Gross (Andone 77), Locadia (Knockaert 71); Murray.
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bruno, Burn, Kayal, Bissouma.